This Week in Apps is a short, no-fluff, round-up of interesting things that happened in the mobile industry. Here are our top highlights.

U.S. Mobile Download Index: App Store ↓ 76.51, Google Play ↓ 78.03

1. Chase too

Chase rolled out its mobile credit card acceptance service last week, giving competitor Square a bit of a scare because 1. Chase has a large user-base, 2. Chase’s offering gives merchants money faster and without a fee.

As a result, the app hit a new all-time high, netting 39K downloads last Wednesday, 60% higher than an average day, across the App Store and Google Play…


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This Week in Apps is a short, no-fluff, round-up of interesting things that happened in the mobile industry. Here are our top highlights.

U.S. Mobile Download Index: App Store 76.89, Google Play 78.58

1. Twitch for IRL Sports

2020 has been an excellent year for Twitch, and things continue to get better. Last month, Twitch hit a new all-time high with 2.3M estimated weekly downloads across the App Store and Google Play.

Most of the downloads came from India, where streamers have been Twitching IPL (cricket) games on the service. Just think what would happen if the NFL was on Twitch!

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Consequently, that got Twitch…


This Week in Apps is a short, no-fluff, round-up of interesting things that happened in the mobile industry. Here are our top highlights.

U.S. Index: App Store 76.24, Google Play 80.13

1. The NFL is back, big time

The NFL is the latest sport to “come back”, mostly fan-less, which drove eager spectators to none other but their mobile devices.

With more than 2.6M estimated downloads in 2020, most coming in the last four weeks, the NFL’s mobile app has been downloaded the most of any other major sport this year.

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2. New York gets tracing

Yesterday, my home state of New York (finally) rolled out its own contact tracing app. Almost…


This Week in Apps is a short, no-fluff, round-up of interesting things that happened in the mobile industry. Here are our top highlights.

U.S. Mobile Download Index: App Store 79.23, Google Play 82.14

1. Widgets. Widgets. Widgets.

How much time have you spent adding and stacking widgets on your iPhone this week? Based on our estimates, lots of people have.

iOS14’s most anticipated feature, widgets, is now live and in the hands of the masses. This resulted in a slew of new widget-first apps launching (40+ in the last week according to Explorer) and more than 400 available in the App Store right now.


This Week in Apps is a short, no-fluff, round-up of interesting things that happened in the mobile industry. Here are our top highlights.

U.S. Mobile Download Index: App Store 86.27, Google Play 92.54

1. Shields up

T-Mobile gave its Scam Shield app a serious update last week and made some useful features free. Disliking robocalls and unwanted calls, T-Mobile customers didn’t think twice before downloading it, pushing the app to #1 the U.S. App Store and earning it an estimated 150,000 downloads across both platforms.

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2. Slam dunk

Basketball’s back, and everyone is excited about it! …


This Week in Apps is a short, no-fluff, round-up of interesting things that happened in the mobile industry. Here are our top highlights.

U.S. Mobile Download Index: App Store 86.09, Google Play 93.47

1. Nothing but dust

This week, Slack filed a competition complaint with the European Union. Comparing downloads of the two, it’s very clear why Slack isn’t happy… Last year Microsoft Teams “began” competing with Slack and caught traction fairly quickly. Then came corona, and Microsoft Teams really took off, leaving Slack nothing but dust.

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2. Stepping up

Baseball is back! Things are different, but the season has officially started, and with a win by…


This Week in Apps is a short, no-fluff, round-up of interesting things that happened in the mobile industry. Here are our top highlights.

U.S. Mobile Download Index: App Store ↘️ 88.09, Google Play ↗️ 88.39

1. The new kid on the block

Looking for a new streaming service? Well, you’re getting one anyway. NBC launched Peacock TV this week, a free new streaming service that promises less advertising (or no advertising for a small monthly fee). Within hours of its release, the app climbed to the top of the App Store, within hours of its release, where it’s holding steady.

2. All-time high

Calm, the app that’s been helping millions…


This Week in Apps is a short, no-fluff, round-up of interesting things that happened in the mobile industry. Here are our top highlights.

U.S. Mobile Download Index: App Store ↘️ 86.38, Google Play ↘️ 82.02

1. Talk less, watch more

Disney+ knows how to do “it” right. Last Friday, Disney+ added Hamilton, the musical you undoubtedly heard about, to its roster. As you can imagine, it brought new users to the app.

More than 300,000 new users downloaded the app between Friday and Sunday across the App Store and Google Play.

Also, Disney+ has this tiny quirk.

2. Postmates + Uber Eats = DoorDash?

There’s been a lot of movement in the…


After our report that the app economy is starting to mature last year, we started getting a lot of questions from members and friends about where the app economy is going. For this post we crunched through millions of new iOS and Android apps released over the years to look at 10 important questions and the data behind the answers.

Are App Stores Still Growing?

Starting with one of the questions we field most often — growth.

To answer this question, let’s look at the number of apps available for download at the end of every year for the past few years.

iOS App Store + Google Play growth by year • Appfigures

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