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Apple iOS 14 App Tracking Transparency FAQ for Developers

Apple will soon implement new privacy protocols that require app users to opt-in to track users across apps and websites owned by other companies. If your app collects data about end users and shares that data with other companies, you must present a tracking authorization prompt. 

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With the first Valentine's Day during COVID-19 in the books, we analyzed how Americans used mobile applications this year to celebrate their relationships. In this report, we reveal the top behavioral shifts on Valentine’s Day by analyzing the app categories that saw the largest growth in usage.

Samsung S21 Launch Performance

Samsung recently launched its latest lineup of smartphones, the Galaxy S21 series, which represents the latest smartphone technology from the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer. The Galaxy S21 is the least expensive and smallest (6.2”) smartphone in the lineup starting at $799, followed by Galaxy S21+ with a bigger screen (6.7”) starting at $999 and Galaxy S21 Ultra with the biggest screen (6.8”) starting at $1,199. All smartphones in the lineup are 5G-equipped, just like their predecessors in the Galaxy S20 series. This report evaluates the S21’s first week launch performance.

Mobile App Development Process

Here at Flurry Analytics, we have invested substantial time and resources fine-tuning our app development process, which we are happy to share in this post.

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The global COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we live, learn and work. And as the world appeared to be in chaos, smartphones kept people connected, informed and entertained. For this year’s Flurry State of Mobile, we’ll review the most significant global trends related to smartphone adoption, mobile app category growth, and app usage behavior.

iPhone 12 Pro Max Anchors Apple's iPhone 12 Lineup

 

You wouldn’t think we were in a depressed economy based on new activations of Apple’s most expensive smartphone, the iPhone 12 Pro Max. In previous years, Apple’s highest-end iPhone XS Max and iPhone 11 Pro Max devices led in sales during the Fall, just after launch, as early adopters flocked to buy them. But these devices were soon overtaken by a following wave of late adopter demand for less expensive iPhone models.

Messaging App Usage Up During Holidays 2020

Christmas and New Year celebrations were dim this year. The resurgence of Coronavirus cases along with travel restrictions and new curfews crushed many Americans’ plans to celebrate the holidays in-person with family and friends. In this report, we look at the remarkable spike in holiday mobile app messaging as many Americans turned to virtual celebrations to cope with restrictions on holiday gatherings.

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December is by far the highest month for new device activations in the United States. Elevated device activations begin around Black Friday, peak on Christmas Day and remain elevated through New Year’s Day. Combined, this forms an extended, appreciable wave of new smartphone activations across the month. In this report, we share how December 2020 smartphone activations fared against the backdrop of slumping retail sales during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

Christmas 2020 Smartphone Activations Down YoY

Christmas day in the United States is the single greatest day for new smartphone activations. And despite supply chain delays caused by COVID-19, Apple launched its iPhone 12 line—complete with four 5G-enabled devices—just in time for the holidays.

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2020 has surfaced the importance that technology plays in society. Since the beginning of the pandemic, digital technology has enabled people to work remotely, attend classes, play social games, shop, leverage virtual assistants, and more. All told, the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation by several years and will endure long after the pandemic is over.

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On top of creating an engaging user experience, driving user acquisition, or finding new ways to monetize, the ability to quickly resolve crash incidents is essential for sustaining a positive user experience. 

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While 2020 will mostly be remembered for COVID-19, it was also a year of tremendous resilience. Teachers and schools around the world transitioned from in-class learning to full-time distance learning in a matter of weeks. Workers created home offices and took to meeting on Zoom instead of in conference rooms. People found ways to exercise outside of the gym with apps and peripherals like Peloton. And the mobile industry is poised for meaningful transformation in 2021.

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The holiday season in the U.S. between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a critical sales period for smartphone manufacturers. From 2016 to 2018, the last three years Apple disclosed unit sales, the company sold well over one-third of its iPhones during the last quarter of each year. And while the stakes are just as high this year, the pandemic has strongly impacted the economy.

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Apple is changing the information required to submit new apps and app updates to the app store effective December 8, 2020. The new submission process will give users transparency about app data usage via a new privacy details section of an app’s product page in the app store. This  “nutrition label” will also include data used by third-party partners integrated  into an app.

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Black Friday is a crucial event for retailers, kicking off the holiday shopping season. According to a recent Google report, however, the pandemic has reduced U.S. retail foot traffic by 20% since May. Additionally, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that growth in consumer spending has been slowing each month since July. These trends paint a grim outlook for battered retailers who were hoping for a strong Black Friday rebound. In this report, we examine how COVID-19 impacted both mobile and in-store Black Friday shopping.