Welcome back to this week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that summarizes the latest operating system news, the applications they support, and the money flowing through it all.
According to App Annie's recently published State of Mobile annual report, the app industry is hotter than ever with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $ 120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes a day on apps that compete 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 with no 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 going to look at the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the App Store, China's demand for App Store distances – and what appears to be near distances. We talk about Facebook's lawsuit for a data-breaching SDK, Tinder's new video series, TikTok's TSA ban, Instagram's explanation for the lack of an iPad app, and the performance of Democratic presidential candidates on mobile and social media.
Corona virus concerns are causing Chinese ride-hail apps to crash and games to skyrocket
One of the many economic consequences associated with COVID-19 coronavirus concerns is a significant drop in the use of Chinese hailstorm applications. According to Sensor Tower data, downloads of the three most popular apps – Hello, Didi and Dida – decreased 75% in the week of February 10 compared to the same period last year. In the meantime, the people who stay at home have done this. I have ordered food and groceries more often. The total number of downloads for the top 10 apps in the Food Order category increased by 68% from January 13 to the week of February 3.
Mobile games are also on the rise. According to a recent FT report, users in China have downloaded a record number of games and apps because the virus outbreak limited people to their homes. According to App Annie, more than 22 million downloads were registered in the App Store in China in China in the week of February 2, and the average weekly downloads in the first two weeks of February increased 40% over the same period last year.
In the meantime, Chinese technology giants, including Alibaba and Tencent, have deployed health assessment systems to help the authorities track millions of Chinese movements. Alibaba had been tapped to investigate the launch of a rating app that would help the government control who could travel in and around the city. Together with Ant Financial, a smartphone-based rating system was developed in collaboration with the Hangzhou government. Tencent has created a program for Shenzhen, The WSJ reported.
The top mobile game Plague Inc. was pulled from the Chinese app store when the corona virus broke out
Plague Inc., a simulation game with more than 130 million players, was pulled out of the Chinese app store this week, a move that appears to be related to the corona virus outbreak. The company behind the game, Ndemic, released a statement announcing that the content of the game is now considered "illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China". Ndemic says it is trying to figure out what could change specifically to get the game back in China.