The Weekly News Wr(app) – September 6th- September 12th, 2021

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Weekly News For You To Stay Updated With The App Industry

In the last week, the main highlights of the app industry news revolved around how new bills and policies are being passed to regulate the app store duopoly and also how apps are expanding themselves with new features and raising funds. Here is a Weekly News Wr(app) for you:

Indian Startups Too Want Government To Enact Law Over Google and Apple App Store Rules

Indian stakeholders have now urged the government to enact legislation that would give app developers a choice to use payment systems from homegrown companies and further boost the startup ecosystem in the country.

Source: https://bit.ly/2Xe55fY

Xiaomi 'Pure Mode' to ban sideloading apps claiming to increase security

Xiaomi's own custom Android skin, MIUI, is soon going to introduce a new mode that blocks sideloading apps from anywhere outside the official Google Play Store.

Source: https://bit.ly/3lfZzRX

In-app spending on social apps jumps 50% to $3.2 billion H1 2021. Users spent 740 billion hours in H1 2021 which was 44% of time spent on mobile devices.

Apple has reached a settlement with the Japanese regulator to allow developers of “reader” apps to link to their own websites for users to manage their accounts. The change goes to effect in early 2022.

Source: https://bit.ly/3k4hTOk

Facebook launched Fantasy Games in the US and Canada for iOS and Android apps.

The games are free to play and are specifically meant to engage fans of sports, TV shows and pop culture. Players can create their own fantasy league and compete with friends. Leagues are either public or private.

Source: https://bit.ly/3z66xxC

Twitter adds full-width images to help engage users with a more immersive experience.

The latest addition means that tweets fill the full-frame and aren’t offset left or right. This results in a cleaner feed that feels a bit more modern without squishing tweets.

Source: https://bit.ly/3k7Ib2u

Josh Partners With Pitaara TV And Its Recently Launched OTT Platform Chaupal

The strategic partnership of Josh with Pitaara TV, Chaupal and Channel Divya entails promotions of original shows, music, and films. Along with that, there will be an opportunity to discover new talent from the vast pool of creators on Josh app, who will be given a chance to feature in Chaupal's upcoming projects.

Source: https://bit.ly/3tCNx8R

Snapchat launches Trends for improved audience insights and targets relevant users.

Snapchat launches a new dashboard for brands and communities that gives them better insights into the topics and moments most relevant to users.

Source: https://bit.ly/3Ef1Q8r

LATAM eCommerce retail app downloads increased 30% in August 2021

Snapchat launches a new dashboard for brands and communities that gives them better insights into the topics and moments most relevant to users.

Source: https://bit.ly/3Aa5Ep7

The Indian app store ecosystem is opening up even more with the possibility of new policies which would benefit app developers and startups. Stay tuned for our next News Wr(app) for more.

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