Welcome back this week In Apps, the Extra Crunch series, which summarizes the latest operating system news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it.
With 204 billion downloads and $ 120 billion in spending in 2019, the app industry is hotter than ever. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes a day on apps, which is competing with television. Apps aren't just a way to spend idle time – they're big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had an overall valuation of $ 544 billion, 6.5 times higher than companies without a mobile focus.
In this extra crunch series, we help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps that are delivered weekly.
This week we're looking at the mobile news of events that didn't happen this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes the launch of Android 11 beta that would normally have arrived at Google I / O, along with all new Android developer tools. Snap also held its partner summit this week, which announced a number of new Snapchat features, new partner relationships, and plans for its AR ecosystem.
Not to mention Apple caught a bit of attention this week with the unveiling of the WWDC20 schedule. Like many others, the Apple conference is becoming virtual for the first time. Even the forums are redesigned to facilitate the interaction between Apple engineers and developers.
This week in App Trends, we're examining data from new reports on the impact of COVID on home improvement apps and hypercasual gaming.
The beta version of Android 11 is launched along with new developer tools
After a series of delays and Google I / O's cancellation, the Android 11 beta finally started this week. According to Google, this next major version of the Android operating system will focus on three topics: people, controls and data protection.
On the person side, Android 11 conversation notifications has its own area in the shade above, offers a bubbles API for messaging apps, improves voice access, adds new emoji and much more. Thanks to new consolidated keyboard suggestions, autofill apps and input method editors (e.g. password managers and keyboards from third-party providers) can now offer context-specific entries in the suggestion strip.
New device controls make it easier for users to access and control connected / smart home devices by long pressing the power button or accessing payment options. New media controls in an upcoming beta version make it easier to switch the output device for audio or video content.