The landscape for digital storefronts is changing quite a bit. That is thanks, at least in part, to a lot of outside voices demanding those changes. Apple, for its part, remains reluctant to make any sweeping changes that don't ultimately benefit the company. But, it has made some changes, and there appear to be even more in the works. Meanwhile, Google has had to make some changes to its Play Store, too, and today marks the arrival of yet another.
There is a lot of attention on how Google and Apple handle their respective digital storefronts. Some of that attention is all about making changes -- especially when it comes to Apple's App Store. And it looks like one bill from a major economy could set the stage for future change across the board. Which Apple is obviously not too pleased with.
The Microsoft Store on Windows 11 is introducing noteworthy new features which were clearly designed to put more money in creators’ pockets, directly challenging Apple's business model.
Not to be outdone by rival Apple which has successfully weaponized privacy, the search monster Google will be adding privacy “nutrition labels” to Google Play's app listing.
In April, there will be a hearing on digital markets, including app stores and digital competition, led by the Senate Judiciary Committee in the United States. And while Apple has been engaged in preliminary talks, it looks like the company has made a decision regarding being a witness.
It took long enough, but Google has finally decided to follow along with Apple's own commissions associated with its digital storefront.
Apple today updated its Apple Music for Android client with new capabilities like a crossfade feature which Apple supports in the Music app for macOS but not in its iOS counterpart.
Apple gets most of the attention when it comes to digital app stores and any associated fees, but the company is not alone. Google has similar policies, and now the company may be ready to lean into them even more.
Following scandalous revelations that it was using the Research and Onavo Protect apps to spy on unsuspecting Apple users, the social network has now ended its unpaid market research programs and removed Onavo VPN for Android from Google's Play store, too.
Google today announced that it's Play Store is now carrying audiobooks in addition to existing content such as apps, movies, music, TV shows and electronic ebooks.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) reported today that Apple and Google have pulled unlicensed trading apps from their respective App Store and Play Store.
Following its December 15 debut on App Store, Nintendo's one-handed side-scrolling platformer Super Mario Run will be coming to Android sooner than later: you can now pre-register on Google's Play Store to be alerted when the game is available to download.
Super Mario Run is free to download on iPhone, with a $9.99 In-App Purchase required to unlock the 24 levels across six worlds.