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Google Removes Adware Apps, But 20 Million Downloads Sneak Through

Google has booted 16 malicious "clicker" apps discovered by researchers at McAfee off the Play Store, but not before they were downloaded around 20 million times (via BleepingComputer). The apps had gone undetected until the folks over at McAfee exposed them in a recent report. Clicker apps are a nasty kind of adware that loads ads...

U.S. FCC Urges Apple, Google to Boot TikTok from App Stores

Brendan Carr, a commissioner at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), asked Apple and Google in a letter last week to kick TikTok off the App Store and Play Store, respectively, for accessing American users' non-public data in China — reports CNBC. Carr shared the letter via Twitter on Tuesday, saying TikTok should be removed...

Google to Ban Third-Party Call Recording Apps from the Play Store

An update to Google's Developer Programme Policy is set to block third-party call recording apps from the Play Store starting May 11 — reports 9to5Google. On April 6, Google revamped its developer policy for the use of the Accessibility API, adding several new restrictions and stipulating that it "is not designed and cannot be requested for...

Google to Open Play Store to Third-Party Payment Systems in South Korea

Earlier today, Google announced it will let apps direct users to alternative payment systems in South Korea, in compliance with a recently passed law — reports Bloomberg. In late August, the South Korean parliament passed an amendment to the country's Telecommunications Business Act — known colloquially as the "anti-Google law" — that prevents big app...

Licensed Marijuana Businesses Now Allowed on Apple’s App Store

A change to Apple's App Store policies, dated June 7, now allows legal marijuana delivery services and licensed marijuana dispensaries to have apps on the platform — reports Marijuana Moment. There's still a catch or two, though — any such apps must be geo-restricted to jurisdictions where cannabis has been legalized, and all such apps...

App Store Revenue Nearly Double Than Google’s Play Store in Q3 2020

Revenues generated by Apple's App Store yet again nearly doubled those of Google's Play Store in the third quarter of 2020. [caption id="attachment_340655" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Sensor Tower[/caption] New data from Sensor Tower says that Apple's App Store generated around $19 billion USD in revenue in Q3 of 2020, a 31 percent increase over the same period...

Google’s Recording App Is Now Available On Pixel 2 And Pixel 3

Earlier in October, Google announced that the Recorder app would debut on its new Pixel 4 smartphone. This voice recorder app had a very special function that set it apart from the rest––the ability to auto-transcribe recordings on the device itself. Many were elated by the news, although at the time, Google stated that the...

Google Removes Pro-Hong Kong Protestor Game from Play Store

After Apple removed a crowdsourced mapping app used by protestors as well as the Quartz’s news app from the App Store, it is now Google’s turn to crack down on Hong Kong-related apps, starting with a game called The Revolution of Our Times that has now been permanently pulled from the Play Store (via The Verge). A...

Apple Points FTC Regulators to Investigate Google Over In-App Purchases

Apple entered into an agreement with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) earlier this year, where they promised to refund millions of parents whose children purchased in-app items accidentally. According to a report from Politico, Google is getting in trouble for allowing children to make in-app purchases without parental consent, much like Apple was doing. Bruce...