2022 in consider • TechCrunch

Welcome again to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch sequence that recaps the most modern in cell OS information, cell functions and the whole app economic system.

worldwide app spending reached $sixty five billion inside the important half of 2022, up solely barely from the $sixty 4.4 billion by the identical interval in 2021, as hypergrowth fueled by the pandemic has slowed down. however whole, the app economic system is regular to develop, having produced a doc quantity of downloads and shopper spending throughout each the iOS and Google Play shops mixed in 2021, in conserving with a quantity of 12 months-finish stories. worldwide spending throughout iOS and Google Play final 12 months was $133 billion, and buyers downloaded 143.6 billion apps.

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12 months-finish App Scoreboards

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Apptopia is first out of the gate with its full-12 months retrospective of the best apps globally. The app intelligence agency this week launched 33 extreme charts based mostly on information from iOS and Google Play mixed, aside from information from China which is iOS solely. the information was collected from Jan. 1 2022 by Dec. 20, 2022.

the agency even created its personal classes to focus on apps that don’t but have their very personal app retailer class — like quick-serve eating places. (McDonald’s topped Starbucks right here.)

whole, the agency found that the best app worldwide was TikTok with 672 million installs. It was adopted by Instagram, WhatsApp, CapCut (using on TikTok’s success), Snapchat, Subway Surfers, fb, Stumble Guys and Spotify.

Apptopia additionally chosen to this 12 months categorize TikTok as leisure, not Social Networking, which allowed it to extreme Netflix as primarily the most-put in leisure app.

moreover Subway Surfers, an countless runner that first launched in 2012 (!!), completely different older video games proved to have endurance, like candy Crush Saga, eight Ball Pool and amongst Us!

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completely different highlights embrace the important-time look of SHEIN as a consequence of the No. 1 buying app of the 12 months, after beforehand rating No. 2 final 12 months and No. 4 the 12 months prior. want, in the meantime, didn’t make the decrease. Crypto apps have been additionally absent from the best charts as was China’s Didi, as a consequence of it was impacted by the nation’s zero-Covid coverage. however, the token-based mostly plan for Sweatcoin made the prepare app the No. 1 well being & health app globally.

it is going to probably be fascinating to confirm Apptopia’s information with these from completely different firms as a consequence of the 2022 stories start to reach.


  • Google’s Play retailer will now permit mom and father to approve apps and in-app purchases initiated by youngsters. mom and father will act as a consequence of the household supervisor of the household account to approve the purchases when there’s no cost method, specifying how they ought to pay for the app or completely different purchases.
  • Google is interesting a ruling by India’s antitrust physique that claims the agency engaged in anti-aggressive practices surrounding Android cell models.
  • Google launched HD maps as an factor of its Google Automotive companies. Volvo and Polestar are first to combine with it.
  • Android Auto launched a mannequin new design imagined to make it simpler to navigate, play music and podcasts and communicate whereas on the go.
  • At CES, Google introduced new media playback options, collectively with larger playback decisions for Spotify join-appropriate models and cross-machine notifications for resuming media playback on the transfer.


  • Apple lastly shut down darkish Sky, the climate app it acquired to reinforce its personal climate app offering. The app was properly preferred by prospects however much less so by meteorologists, a Slate article famous.
  • Apple wished to briefly pull the mannequin new HomeKit structure from its iOS sixteen.2 replace to restore a residence sharing problem.
  • A French court docket fined Apple €1 million over its abusive App retailer practices with regard to “vital imbalances” in its relationship with app builders.


  • Amazon-owned encrypted messaging app Wickr Me has stopped accepting new signal-ups and would possibly shut down on Dec. 31, 2023, the agency introduced. The app had come underneath fireplace beforehand for enabling people to commerce little one sexual abuse supplies.
  • WhatsApp ends assist for pretty a quantity of older models collectively with telephones from Apple, HTC, Huawei, LG, Samsung, Sony and others.
  • WhatsApp additionally launched official proxy assist for worldwide prospects, permitting prospects to protect linked even when their connection is blocked or disrupted. The attribute relies upon on servers arrange by volunteers and completely different organizations.
  • Telegram was up to this point with new options like hidden media, which supplies a layer to blur an picture; new devices for managing the residence for storing utilized by media, recordsdata and music; and new drawing and textual content material devices; and completely different modifications for profiles and teams.


  • Cryptic tweets from Epic CEO Tim Sweeney have people questioning if Fortnite will be returning to the iPhone in 2023. In a publish, the exec tweeted “subsequent 12 months on iOS!” — suggesting, maybe, the sport maker will launch the sport as quickly as extra on Apple’s platform. Epic is at present interesting its antitrust lawsuit with Apple and is engaged an analogous go well with with Google.
  • The FTC additionally fined Epic video games $520 million for violations of the youngsters’s on-line privateness safety Act, and manipulative “darkish patterns” that tricked prospects into making purchases. the money will be refunded to prospects and is the most important refund in a gaming case, and the most important FTC administrative order in historic previous.
  • Amazon brings its subscription-based mostly Prime Gaming to India, offering video games throughout laptop computer, Mac and cell. extreme titles embrace League of Legends, DeathLoop, Quake, COD Season 1, EA Madden 23, FIFA 23, Apex Legends, future 2 and Brothers: a narrative of Two Sons.
  • China’s on-line gaming regulator accepted forty five overseas video games, ending the crackdown on gaming releases from exterior the nation. Pokemon Unite was amongst the different newly accepted titles.
  • Nvidia upgraded its $20/mo GeForce Now plan (ultimate) with new servers with larger hardware elements. The service works throughout residence windows, macOS, Android, Android tv, and choose web browsers, collectively with Safari on the iPhone and iPad.


  • Tumblr added assist for livestreaming on its cell apps for iOS and Android. The service is powered by Livebox, which permits prospects to tip streamers. The service, dubbed Tumblr dwell, will be current in a mannequin new dwell tab and arrives at a time when the app has seen a surge of development as a consequence of of the Twitter exodus.
  • TikTok is now telling prospects why a video is on the For You feed. prospects will be ready to entry a mannequin new attribute, “Why this video?” from a question mark icon to study why a video was actually useful to them — for event, on account of content material they’ve beforehand watched, looked for, suggestions that they had posted, or movies they shared.
  • Snapchat’s subscription service, Snapchat+, added three extra options — the flexibility so as to add personalized backgrounds for chats; present a subscription to a good friend; or change the digital camera button to a coronary heart, soccer ball or one other picture.
  • Twitter’s subscription service Twitter Blue now helps video of as a lot as 2GB, 60 minutes in size, and 1080p on iOS; Android is proscribed to 512MB, 10 minutes.
  • Twitter added assist for crypto to its “cashtags” attribute for monitoring a given coin’s market value. It additionally added publicly seen tweet counts, which was as quickly as a private analytics attribute. It additionally noticed a 12+ hour outage in Australia and New Zealand. Yikes.
  • Instagram added a Reels template for making a 2022 recap of as a lot as 14 pictures. to this level, prospects had typically turned to third-celebration apps, like extreme 9, for recaps.
  • Meta closed down a Cameo clone referred to as super which had provided digital meet and greets with creators.
  • Mastodon has climbed to 2.5 million month-to-month energetic prospects, as a consequence of of the Twitter exodus, up from round 300K prospects in October. the agency is largely financed by Patreon, bringing in round $31,000 month-to-month, up from $7,000 in November. the agency has rejected provides of funding from VCs, saying they don’t understand its goals and will commercialize the platform.


  • Quora launched an A.I. chatbot in its iOS app that lets prospects ask questions and work together in again-and-forth conversations. The bot, referred to as “Poe,” is at present invite-solely and provides entry to pretty an whole lot of textual content material-producing A.I. fashions, collectively with ChatGPT. (It’s unclear if the agency has a partnership right here — however ChatGPT doesn’t current a public API).
  • Apple launched A.I.-powered guide narration in Apple Books. the agency mentioned the attribute will assist impartial authors who may not be ready to transform their titles to audiobooks on account of “the associated payment and complexity of manufacturing.”
  • Picsart debuted an iOS app, SketchAI, that turns pictures and drawings into digital artwork using A.I.


  • YouTube beat out Apple for the NFL Sunday Ticket streaming deal. The landmark deal will permit the agency to current the subscription as an add-on to YouTube tv or YouTube Primetime Channels. The multi-12 months deal is pegged at $2 billion.
  • Amazon is growing a standalone app for streaming sports activities content material, the information reported. The transfer may assist Amazon larger promote its dwell sports activities content material, collectively with the NFL’s Thursday evening time soccer.
  • Spotify may additionally be engaged on HealthKit integrations probably to counsel songs based mostly on the prepare routines prospects have been performing.
  • Snap shut down its desktop digital camera app, Snap digital camera, which provided filters for video calls on Skype, YouTube, Google Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom.
  • TikTok expanded its viewers controls attribute which now provides creators the flexibility to restrict their movies to grownup viewers. beforehand this was solely out there on TikTok dwell.
  • TikTok partnered with IMDb to introduce a mannequin new attribute that lets prospects tag movement pictures and tv reveals of their TikTok movies. The hyperlink takes viewers to an in-app website with IMDb information with regard to the title and permits creators to maintain away from losing titles to a mannequin new Favorites tab on their profiles. MovieTok goes to love this.



  • The IRS decided to delay a requirement that will have compelled e-commerce apps like Venmo, PayPal, money App and Etsy to ship tax types to SMBs with $600+ in transactions.

authorities, coverage and Lawsuits

  • France’s information safety watchdog, the CNIL, fined Apple €eight million (~$eight.5M) for not buying cell prospects’ consent earlier to inserting (and/or studying) advert identifiers on their models associated to its current of personalized advertisements on the App retailer.


  • Viva Republica, which runs the South Korean finance super app Toss, raised $405 million in sequence G funding, valuing the enterprise at 9.1 trillion gained ( $7 billion). beforehand, the agency was valued at eight.5 trillion gained in June 2021.
  • Indian fintech app money View raised $seventy five million in a sequence E funding spherical led by Apis companions, valuing the enterprise at $900 million. the agency is making an try to scale its credit rating enterprise and construct extra merchandise for the South Asian market.
  • Jakarta-based mostly fintech app Akulaku raised $200 million from Mitsubishi UFJ monetary Group (MUFG), the most important financial institution in Japan. The strategic funding will assist the agency increase into new markets and construct merchandise collectively with MUFG.
  • Product Science, the maker of cell app efficiency-monitoring devices, raised $18 million in seed funding to this point from backers, collectively with sluggish Ventures, Coatue, K5 worldwide, Mantis Ventures, Benchmark’s Peter Fenton, perception companions co-founder Jerry Murdock and unnamed Snap VPs.
  • Indian fintech KreditBee has raised an extra $one hundred million led by creation worldwide as an factor of an even larger sequence D funding now closed at $200 million.

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