This Week in Apps ChatGPT app scammers, Instagram revamp and a consumer spending slowdown

News Summary

  • Though consumer spend on mobile games dropped 5% to $110 billion, spending on non-game apps increased 6% to $58 billion — driven by streaming subscriptions, dating apps and short-form video apps.Image Credits: data.aiThe data also indicated that despite the tightening of wallets, consumer engagement on mobile continues to grow.
  • Sign up here: techcrunch.com/newslettersData.ai’s anticipated review of the app ecosystem, “State of Mobile 2023,” arrived this week, finding that consumer spending on apps has been hit by the same macroeconomic forces impacting the broader economy.
  • Unlike the top apps used by older generations, which tend to be more utilitarian and practical (think Amazon, eBay, Walmart, The Weather Channel, Waze, Ring, PayPal and others), Gen Z is still devoted to video apps, user-generated content and mindfulness apps, data.ai said.
  • Developers have long argued that Apple should be cracking down on apps with high-priced subscriptions or those that are charging users for basic utilities or otherwise free features — in other words, the apps that are profiting from scamming users.
  • Data.ai is forecasting that mobile ad spend in 2023 will hit $262 billion, up from $336 billion this year as short video apps drive growth.
  • “Creative Sandbox” games like Roblox as well as Minecraft saw a global increase in time spent last year, up 25% from 2021 to 2022.Image Credits, above and below: data.aiA few other interesting highlights:Image Credits: data.aiWhat, no I mean, what is going on with App Review?
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