This Week in Apps: Apple Arcade updates, TikTok distances itself from China, Kardashians send shady app to No. 1

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that summaries the latest OS news, the applications they subsidize and the money that spurts through everything is. What are makes talking about? What do app publishers and purveyors supposed to know? How are politics affecting the App Store and app business? And which apps are everyone using?

This week, we’re discussing the impact of the CFIUS investigation into TikTok, the further fallout of Apple’s vaping app ban, informs to Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass subscription-based app accumulates, Apple’s crack alters that rolled out without warning( thanks, Apple !) and a crooked app that reached the top of the App Store thanks to a big Kardashians-led affirmation, among other things.


TikTok separates further from its Chinese parent

One of the world’s most downloaded and used apps, TikTok, is under a national security review in the U.S. because of its Chinese beginnings. TikTok parent company, ByteDance, is a China-based operation — something that has raised concerns because of its significant access to U.S. useds’ personal data and possible censoring issues.

The company was already working to separate itself further from China before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United Government( CFIUS) began its investigation. For precedent, it separated the TikTok product, business development, commerce and law crews from those of its Chinese app, Douyin, and hired consultants to audit how it’s storing U.S. useds’ personal data. Following the investigation, it hired more U.S. engineers and put in a U.S.-based team to oversee data handling, Reuters reported.

The question now is whether not these moves — along with a have committed themselves to not collect U.S. user data in China — is good enough. The app collects data including profile information such as name, senility, email and telephone number, to be submitted by customers, as well as photos, videos, and point. Many of TikTok customers are younger teenages and college students.

Even if you’re “too old” to care about TikTok, CFIUS investigation’s conclusions here will have a larger impact on the global app manufacture, as they’ll change precedents as to how foreign abilities can compete in U.S. app stores.

Oops: Apple liberates transgressing modifications with no reminding

Apple this week pioneered new server-to-server notifications for dues that allowed makes to receive real-time updates in a subscription’s status, so that they are able to provide customized experiences for readers. Exclusively one trouble with the exhaust: Apple broke most server notifications implementations as a result. Developers weren’t given any warning about the APIs “thats been”” scheduled for deprecation ,” either, which is not often how network APIs are managed. To lend icing to the cake , is not simply were the changes released without warning, they were also wheeled out on a Friday — there extends the weekend. Thanks, Apple.

The vaping app restrict backlash continues

Has Apple traversed the line between protecting its consumers from risky apps to only turn right an overbearing parent policing adults’ ability to make their own choices? Over the past couple of weeks, several have said the latter. Now concerning are arising about what this mean for the overall industry and whether or not decisions like this should even be in Apple’s entrusts in the first place.

As you may recall, Apple earlier made a contentious decision to remove all 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store in aftermath of news from the CDC about the 47 vaping extinctions and thousands of lung harms. Some early studies point to Vitamin E acetate, an addictive used in THC oil, as the motive. But Apple isn’t worrying about the details of what’s dangerous and what’s not — it exactly wiped out anything vaping-related, including things like Bluetooth-connected apps that let consumers limitation aspects of their vaping maneuvers, like the flares, heat, and revises to the firmware. There’s no backup design here for those app manufacturers, since web apps don’t volunteer the same level of functionality. Plus, the ban is also impacting devices used to distribute medication as well as apps designed to help people cut down and eventually quit smoking and vaping by tracking their nicotine usage.

For app inventors, Apple’s decision in one collapse lunge too just destroyed half the vaping app sell as their apps is now time only run on Android.

The question now is whether or not any of this should be Apple’s decision? While you may personally saluted a vaping app banning — or simply not care because it doesn’t affect you — Apple has procreated other contentious alternatives that have a more serious impact. Like when it kicked out the app that aided Hong kong residents protestors, for example.

Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass expand their collections

Apple’s subscription-based gaming accumulate and Google’s adversary due app collect, Google Play Pass, have both included new apps since their entries. Now, the two companies are originating consumers aware of their ongoing efforts to beef up their respective collections. Apple this week shared a video that foreground over a dozen brand-new Apple Arcade liberations that hit this month — the first time it’s released a collection video boasting numerou entitles since its launch.

Meanwhile, Google Play Pass computed 37 more apps to impart its total to 274.

What we don’t know yet, is how well the two services are working — or whether they will benefit developers in the long run. And because neither has a Top Charts section, it’s not even clear what apps are most popular or how many downloads they’re seeing.

Apple Arcade adds a “Top Games” graph … well, sorta … OK , not really

Apple made a gradation to address the above problem with a new area in Apple Arcade called ” Top Arcade Games This Week .” We had argued earlier that the lack of visibility into the popularity of deeds on Arcade was a disservice to users who wanted quickly and easily find the most popular titles.

But this new section, while recreation, doesn’t solve the problem. Top Games, based on what? Downloads? Editorial curation? Both? Is there going to be an API for it?

It’s common knowledge that the App Store’s Top Charts are based on the combined effects of downloads and velocity. And that data is accessible to third parties like App Annie, Sensor Tower, Apptopia and others who use it to come up with download estimates.

But a” Top Games This Week” section is not the same thing as a real Top Charts section. And by limiting it to only a week’s time, it caters no real revelation into whether or not the Arcade is able to produce a persistent reach the acces the App Store can, or what those reached deeds may be.

Apple has distanced itself from promoting the Top Charts as a means of app discovery for years now. With its large-hearted App Store makeover, it changed its focus more to editorial, curation, and recommendations, rather than downloads. But for a smaller store like Arcade, Top Charts could have value as they would feature some of very best deeds from an once exclusive collection — that’s something parties would want to see.

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