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 annual report “State of Mobile”, the app industry recorded a record 204 billion downloads 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 continuing our special coverage on how the COVID 19 outbreak affects apps and the broader mobile app industry – or rather, the boost many apps are getting as a result. In fact, consumer spending in the first quarter hit a record high in the first quarter as everyone stayed inside. However, as some apps skyrocket the charts, their practices are increasing. This week, the # 1 Zoom app defended itself against a host of complaints about security issues, while the houseparty social video app defended itself against a possible smear campaign. There's also a new Pinterest CEO app that lets you track the spread of COVID-19.
Also this week: more leaks about the new version of iOS, Apple bought Dark Sky, Niantic turned, TikTok moved up in the charts and much more.