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Instagram restricts teens’ accounts, Elon Musk criticizes App Store fees, Google Play’s new policies – 98bmp

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly 98bmp series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. […]

todayAugust 1, 2021 3

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Google Wear OS Brings Remote Play Store App Installation

Google rolled out a new update to Wear OS watches today, making it easier to install apps remotely and refreshing the Play Store with an Android 12-style Material You redesign. Writing in a brief blog post, the company shared that users could now search for Wear-supported apps on the Play Store on mobile. All they needed to do was to add “Watch” or “Watch Face” to a search term when […]

todayJuly 20, 2021 1

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Investment app Syfe raises $29.6M Series B led by returning investor Valar Ventures – 98bmp

Syfe founder Dhruv Arora Investment apps in Southeast Asia are attracting a lot of funding, and now some are raising fast follow-on rounds, too. For example, Indonesian robo-advisor app Bibit raised $65 million in May just four months after a $30 million growth round. Now Singapore-based Syfe is announcing that it has closed a $40 million SGD (about $29.6M USD) Series B, only nine months after its Series A. It […]

todayJuly 14, 2021 1

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Didi app pulled from app stores in China after suspension order – 98bmp

China has ordered app-store operators to remove the app of Didi from their stores, the latest as tension escalates between the nation’s largest ride-hailing giant and local regulators. The app has disappeared from several stores including Apple’s App Store in China, 98bmp can confirm. The nation’s cyberspace administration, which unveiled the order on Sunday, said Didi was illegally collecting users’ personal data. The ride-hailing giant, which counts Apple, SoftBank, and […]

todayJuly 4, 2021 2

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iOS 15 public beta arrives, Android App Bundles to replace APKs, app consumer spend hits new record – 98bmp

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly 98bmp series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live […]

todayJuly 3, 2021 2

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Pastbook launches a Google Photos-esque AI-powered photobook app

PastBook, a startup out of Amsterdam, is bringing its web-to-print photobook service to iOS. Thanks to some nifty AI integrations, it looks and feels a lot like something Google would make. And that’s a good thing.We’re closing in on a generation who’ve grown in up in a world where photography is almost exclusively a digital medium. But there’s no substitute for artful prints, family photo albums, and the aesthetics of […]

todayJune 29, 2021 3

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Vietnamese investment app Infina lands $2M seed round – 98bmp

The pandemic has spurred interest in saving and investment apps around the world, especially ones geared toward newer investors. In Southeast Asia, startups in this space that have raised funding over the past few months include Ajaib, Bibit and Stashaway—and that’s just a (very) partial list. Now Infina, which calls itself the “Robinhood of Vietnam,” is announcing an oversubscribed $2 million seed round. The seed funding, which was made in […]

todayJune 28, 2021 3

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Android apps on Windows 11, App Store Search Ads hit China, Apple argues against sideloading – 98bmp

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly 98bmp series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live […]

todayJune 26, 2021 1

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Vietnamese financial services app MFast gets $1.5M pre-Series A led by Do Ventures – 98bmp

MFast founders Phan Thanh Long and Phan Thanh Vinh MFast, a mobile app that lets Vietnamese users in remote areas access financial services, announced it has raised a $1.5 million pre-Series A today. The round was led by Do Ventures, with participation from JAFCO Asia.  Launched in 2019 by fintech company Digipay, MFast says it has been used by 600,000 people to date. It partners with financial institutions who provide […]

todayJune 21, 2021 1

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