Apple removes 18 iOS apps for fraudulent advertising activity

Apple has removed 18 iOS apps after determining they were being used to earn money for cybercriminals by conducting ad fraud.

The apps were found to be secretly clicking adverts to earn the attacker cash. While such conduct is not intrusive and may not even be noticeable by the user, it can slow down the device, use more data, and/or drain the battery faster.

Security researchers at Wandera discovered 17 of the infected apps which spanned a wide range of categories including productivity, utilities, and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Apple, App Stores, iOS, Mobile, Monetisation, Platforms, Security.

Google enables devs to monetise free users with ‘Rewarded Products’

Google has introduced a new method for Android developers to monetise free users with a feature called ‘Rewarded Products’.

Free apps are increasingly more popular than paid. In Q1 2018, Statista found 94.24 percent of app downloads are free.

It’s understandable from a user perspective that most want to at least try an app before committing to a purchase. In-app purchases allow users to pay for the full app or...

By Ryan Daws, 07 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Mobile, Monetisation, Platforms.

Apple will enable developers to lure ex-subscribers back with discounts

Apple has announced it will soon allow developers to lure users who previously had an in-app subscription back with discounts.

In an App Store Connect post, Apple wrote:

“Apps with auto-renewable subscriptions will soon be able to provide a discounted price for a specific duration for existing or previously subscribed customers. You can use subscription offers to help win back subscribers who have cancelled their subscriptions or...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Mac, Monetisation, Platforms.

Supreme Court leaning against Apple in App Store monopoly claim

The day for Apple to defend itself against App Store monopoly claims in front of the Supreme Court arrived Monday, and it’s not looking good for the company.

Attendees claim the case appears to be leaning in favour of the claimants; Robert Pepper and three other Apple users who joined him in a class-action lawsuit.

The claimants brought the case in front of the Supreme Court with the allegation that Apple is forcing users to get apps from the iOS App Store with no alternative. That means Apple can take...

By Ryan Daws, 27 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Monetisation, Platforms.

Analyst: Supreme Court won’t rule on App Store fees until mid-2019

Developers awaiting the Supreme Court’s ruling in a case against Apple over its App Store fees may have to wait until mid-2019.

Benjamin Schachter, Analyst at Macquarie Research, expects the verdict will be heard soon but the ruling won’t be made until early next year. Furthermore, any potential financial impact will be at least a year away.

The case against Apple was filed in 2011 by a group of app developers who allege that Apple has engaged in anti-competitive behaviours in taking a cut from...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Monetisation, Platforms.

Why app developers are not satisfied with their current ad revenues

Only one in three app developers are satisfied with their in-app ad revenues, while fewer than one in five say they are satisfied with their collection from non-video ads.

That’s the key finding from Chocolate, with the video advertising vendor announcing its new App Developer Survey Report 2018, focusing on app monetisation. The report, which is based on responses from 102 app developers from 22 countries, provides comprehensive details about app developers' satisfaction with current ad revenues,...

By Developer, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Monetisation.

Play Store expands paid apps support to six more countries

Only developers in a select number of countries have the ability to sell their apps on the Play Store, but that list has now expanded by a further six.

Here are the new additions:

  • Albania

  • Algeria

  • Armenia

  • Namibia

  • Nicaragua

  • Trinidad and Tobago

Back in April, Google enabled support for Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

Many of our readers are not based in these countries and so most are likely unaware there are countries where developers can release free apps on the Play Store but cannot monetise with paid apps or in-app purchases.

That unfortunate list, thankfully, is slowly getting smaller.

What are your thoughts on the Play Store’s paid apps support expansion? Let us know in the...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, Mobile, Monetisation, Platforms.

Ultra aims to revolutionise game distribution with blockchain

Former executives from Xbox, Atari, Dell, Unity, Uber, and Time Warner have joined forces to create Ultra, a blockchain platform aiming to revolutionise game distribution.

Game distribution is monopolised with leading players take advantage of their position to take large cuts from developers’ work.

Nicolas Gilot, Co-CEO of Ultra. says:

“The success of Steam, Google, and Apple’s app stores over the last decade means that users have grown to expect and demand...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms.

Microsoft slashes its app revenue cut to five percent

Microsoft is aware software on its app store is often not as profitable as those on rivals, but today it’s helping developers out by slashing its own cut of the revenue.

During BUILD last year, Microsoft announced Windows 10 was on 500 million devices. Compared to iOS’ approximately one billion users, or Android’s two billion, it’s clear developers for Microsoft’s platform have far less potential customers.

Microsoft is attempting to make up for this shortfall, and improve the...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Microsoft, Monetisation, Platforms.

Alexa can now monetise her ‘Skills’

Amazon has announced new tools for Alexa which enable ‘Skills’ for the digital assistant to be monetised.

The fight for the smart home between Amazon and Google continues to heat up. Just yesterday, our sister publication IoT News reported that Google Assistant has tripled the number of devices it supports in four months.

Today, Amazon is announcing in-skill purchasing (ISP) and support for Amazon Pay in Alexa Skills....

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Amazon, IoT, Monetisation, Platforms.

App monetisation: Choosing the right ad placements that work for you

Once you have decided which types of ad to integrate into your app for monetisation, the work then begins to figure out where in your app to place them. Here, publishers can fall into two major traps: 1) overloading the placement of ads in hopes of raising revenue; or 2) presenting the same ad strategy to every user. Both tactics can negatively impact the overall user experience as well as depress revenue potential.

Too many ads, too little time

To increase revenues, many developers mistakenly integrate too...

By StartApp, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

App developer vacancies increasing at twice the UK average, new research says

In February 2017, when an Adobe Digital Insights’ report found a 5% decrease in mobile app installation among residents of the United Kingdom since 2014, job search engine Joblift decided to examine the affects of this decline on the country’s job market.

Joblift found that this scenario has not affected the demand for app developers in the nation and they are being hired at competitive salary packages. It was also found that Apple leads in the UK job market, followed by Google. In the past 12...

By Developer, 07 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile, Monetisation.

Freemium model favoured by majority of app developers for monetisation

The “freemium” model has outpaced all other monetisation strategies when it came to mobile app monetisation. This was revealed by Clutch in a survey, which showed that more than 61% of app developers recommend a “freemium” model for mobile app monetisation.

The survey also found that the most successful mobile apps do not only need expert recommendations for monetisation strategies but also a holistic approach that extends beyond development. It is suggested that firms need to...

By Developer, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

Why user retention is still the biggest struggle for app developers

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Of the over 3 million apps available on the App Store and Google Play, a very small number are actually download and opened by users. Of that small number of apps, an even smaller number become an indispensable part of the user’s day-to-day activities. A new study from Localytics finds that one in four mobile users open an app only once.

By StartApp, 05 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Marketing, Monetisation.

Twitter enables developers to embed ads into tweet streams

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A beta program is being rolled-out by Twitter which enables developers to embed advertisements into tweet streams in third-party apps on Android and iOS which utilise Twitter Kit. 

One example of a popular app which uses Twitter Kit to implement a social feed is the official NBA application. From today, developers which use Twitter Kit will be able to monetise...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation, Social media.

Why the sun may still shine on TV for boosting your app

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With over two million apps on both the App Store and Google Play, it has never been harder to acquire new users. Unless you are a big developer, cutting through the noise is increasingly difficult. Added to the number of apps, expectations with apps and mobile games are increasingly high, with people expecting better experiences and more innovation, often for free.

In many ways, creating an app is the easy part. Getting people to find out about it, download and then come back is where...

By Josh Rinsky, 26 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Marketing, Monetisation.

Visa program opens up APIs and platform for developers

Visa has launched the Visa Developer network, which aims to lure software developers into an open platform with access to payments technology, products and services.

The payments giant is providing a platform for innovation in global commerce with a view to aid financial institutions, merchants, and technology companies in meeting the requirements consumers and merchants who are now relying a lot on connected devices to shop, pay and get paid.

Immediately after the launch, Visa Developer will provide access...

By Developer, 17 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Google debuts new universal app campaigns and performance reports

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The app industry is a huge and growing business which offers a lot of potential, but also a lot of competition. Making the most amazing piece of software won't make a difference to anyone if the app just gets lost in the depths of the vast app stores and never has a chance to gain the userbase it deserves. 

Google has debuted new tools - first announced back in May at Google I/O - for creating powerful new...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

Monetisation’s bright future: What app developers need to know now

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Just a few years ago, if you’d asked the average app developer to share their thoughts on ad monetisation, chances are they would have had a number of reservations. The concern that ads would negatively impact the user experience – and along with it, adversely affect retention and user ratings – was commonplace among freemium app developers.

Fast forward to today, and you’ll see that the mobile ad tech landscape has significantly evolved. Supply side technologies have become...

By Henrik Basten, 04 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Development Tools, Monetisation.