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Welcome back to this Week in Applications, a week-long TechCrunch series featuring the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications, and app products in general. According to the most recent end-of-year statistics, the app industry continues to perform well, with the record number of downloads and user spending in all iOS and Google Play stores combined in 2021. By 2021, China will spend $ 170 billion on iOS, Google Play, and third-party Android app stores, up 19 percent from the previous year. Application revenues increased by 5% to 230 billion in 2021, and mobile advertising spending increased by 23% year-over-year to $ 295 billion.

Consumers today spend more time on gadgets than ever before – especially when they spend more time watching TV. The average American watches 3.1 hours of TV a day, for example, but in 2021, they spend 4.1 hours on their mobile device. And they are not even the heaviest mobile users in the world. In markets such as Brazil, Indonesia and South Korea, users have spent more than five hours a day in mobile applications in 2021. Applications are not a way to go beyond working hours, either. They can grow to become big businesses. By 2021, 233 applications and games generated more than $ 100 million in consumer spending, and 13 generated $ 1 billion in revenue. This is 20% from 2020, when 193 applications and games raised $ 100 million in annual user spending, and eight applications to $ 1 billion.

This week the Apps offers a way to keep up with the fast paced industry in one place, with the latest from the world of apps, including news, updates, startup expenses, collections and assets, and suggestions about new tools to try, especially.

Do you like This Week in Applications in your inbox every Saturday? Register here: techcrunch.com/newsletters Google updates Play Store policies to ban third-party call recording applications from Play Store, effective as of May 11. Developers are using API Accessibility to enable remote call recording remotely works as a workaround to enable these apps to work after Google blocked call recording on Android 6 and via microphone on Android 10. The change was announced along with other updates on April 6, but a Reddit post drives the latest technology the embarrassment. Google also released a policy update this week where it clarified that it is not a “new” policy indeed, necessarily, but rather a reference to an existing one. (The video was registered in April 2020 but this seems to be a misnomer, as YouTube shows that it was paid in April 2022 – and the comments are still looking at the typo.) While that may be true , the company has not taken action on apps using Access. API in this way.

In the webinar, Moun Choi, who works on the Trust & Safety Play Regional Ops team for Google Play, explains the focus of policies directed to third-party apps where recording calls take place without the other user’s knowledge. The default dialer on the phone will not be affected by this, as it does not require additional power to access the incoming audio stream, he said. The company did not specify whether the existing applications will be removed from the Play Store when the policy is activated, however.

An app called BeReal, created by former GoPro employee Alexis Barreyat along with Kevin Perreau, was launched in December 2019 with the intention of asking users to submit an unedited photo once a day later receiving a notification. The user has about 2 minutes to share what they are doing and see photos of their friends re-posted. The app has received a lot of attention lately between the development speed and the active daily user base of nearly 3 million, according to data from Apptopia. But as the application grows faster, there are always paid user acquisition efforts. This week, we take a look at how BeReal can focus on its latest features and college representative system to drive its five-star installations and reviews. The verdict: It is too late to know whether BeReal can hold its own when the funds run out.

Elon Musk this week secured $ 46.5 billion to take over Twitter, according to an SEC registration. Telsa and SpaceX are the largest donors to the social network with $ 25.5 billion in loan funding from Morgan Stanley and other companies, including Bank of America, Barclays, MUFG, Societe Generale, Mizuho Bank and BNP Paribas. Musk said it has set aside about $ 21 billion in equity spending. Previously, Musk had not been specific about how to pay for the investment, so these financial considerations make the business important. The technology chief has not yet said whether he will make a cold supply, however. Twitter has taken the pharmaceutical protection of its equity as a result of Musk’s unfair bidding.

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