It was a Happy New Year for the App Store as it took in a record $300 million on January 1st

On New Year’s Day 2018, Apple set a record for the most revenue earned by the App Store in one day. Just a few days ago, on January 1st, the App Store brought in $300 million in gross revenue. During the seven days that started on Christmas Day, the App Store took in an amazing $890 million. Since the launch of the store in July 2008, Apple has paid out $86 billion to developers for their share of paid apps and subscriptions purchased through the App Store.

During 2017, developers received $26.5 billion, up 30% on a year-over-year basis. Hit games last year included titles like Animal Crossing: …


New OnePlus Switch app allows users to migrate data to a new OnePlus smartphone

OnePlus continues make some of its apps available separate downloads in order to be able to update them faster and more often. After launching several of its own apps in the Google Play Store, the company announced a new way to easier transfer all your data from a device to a new OnePlus smartphone.

The new OnePlus Switch application is compatible with just about any smartphone that runs Android 5.0 or higher and allows users to migrate all of their data including contacts, messages, and photos stored on the previous device to a new OnePlus smartphone.

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Snapchat takes a New Year's Eve siesta as app goes down

If you tried to send out New Year’s Eve messages to friends and family via Snapchat this afternoon, you might have noticed that something went wrong and your message was never sent. The messaging app has been down since 4:43pm EST, according to website DownDetector. The graph also showed that a surge in complaints to a peak number of 2,889 took place after 5pm EST.

35% of those complaining about Snapchat today, report having trouble sending snaps. The same amount are having issues receiving snaps or refreshing the site. And 28% report that the app is having trouble starting, and when it …

Create your own Marvel comic strip with the "Create Your Own" app

So you want to create Marvel-esque comic strips, but there is just one small problem; you can’t draw. In today’s world, that’s no problem at all thanks to the upcoming Marvel Create Your Own app. Developed by Marvel in conjunction with TapTap comics, the app allows you to create a comic book adventure, edit it to make it your own, and share it with friends, family and Marvel fans.

Using the app, you select from a group of Marvel characters. Once you pick one, you select the “camera” angle, change the pose and pick the background. You can set the layout for your comic and create the …

Chinese app finds you a surrogate drinker if you're a lightweight


In China, the amount of alcohol you consume is in relation to the amount of respect you have for your host. But what if you want to remain sober, or you are a lightweight when it comes to alcohol? In China, an app called eDaihe (which translates to “to drink on behalf of”) can find you a surrogate drinker who will consume enough booze to let your host feel very respected.

The surrogate drinking service is offered in 36 cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Pricing is determined through private negotiations between the app user and the surrogate drinker. Over 100,000 …

Camera app update reveals names of some unannounced Nokia smartphones

HMD Global has quite a few Android smartphones in the pipeline, so Nokia fans should be thrilled about the perspective of having a much larger portfolio at their disposal. We’ve already reported about two possible Nokia-branded smartphones coming next year, Nokia 1 and Nokia 6 (2018).

However, the Finnish company plans to launch a lot more devices in 2018, not just those two that we already know about. Luckily, someone found his way into the latest version of Nokia Camera app and learned more about HMD’s upcoming products.

Apparently, the latest version of …

All the news that fits won't print as the New York Times closes its BlackBerry 10 app next month

BlackBerry and its faithful had high hopes for BlackBerry 10. After all, the company that developed the operating system, QNX, received high marks for its work on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. BlackBerry was so impressed that it bought the company and had it get right to work on its next-gen operating system for smartphones, later dubbed BlackBerry 10. While the gesture based OS shared some of its capabilities with webOS, and there were some who loved the software, the hardware was a let down for many.

Instead of offering top-shelf handsets to compete with Apple and Samsung, BlackBerry …

App spending rose 12.3% on Christmas Day to $196 million


According to data from Sensor Tower, global spending on in-app purchases and subscriptions from the App Store and Google Play Store hit $196 million on Christmas Day 2017. The figure, which excludes spending on apps and subscriptions for Android devices in China, represents a 12.3% year-over-year gain from the $174 million spent on the holiday in 2016. A recent report from App Annie revealed that global app revenue hit a record $17 billion during the third quarter of this year. App downloads also hit a record 26 billion during the quarter. The continued rise of smartphone usage in emerging …

OnePlus 3 and 3T get new Notes app, weather widget, quick clipboard, and more in latest beta update

Despite not being the latest OnePlus models out on the market anymore, the OnePlus 3 and 3T continue to receive updates that fix issues and introduce new software features on a regular basis.

Today, new Open Beta patches have been made available for the two 2016 high-end models. The updates carry different names (OxygenOS Open Beta 29 for the OP 3 and 20 for the OP 3T), but the changes included are basically identical. Still, there’s a lot of new stuff on board, so let’s take a look at the entire patch log:

1. Notes (New OnePlus app)
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Alexa tops App Store charts for the first time, revealing strength of Echo sales during the holidays


Loyal PhoneArena readers know that all throughout 2017, we told you to expect smart speakers to enjoy very strong sales during the holiday shopping season. And this seems to be the case as the iOS version of Amazon’s Alexa app is topping the U.S. App Store charts for the first time. Before the Christmas holidays, the Alexa app ranked in a range between number 60 and number 90. The sudden surge to the top surely indicates that quite a few people found an Echo smart speaker under the tree or in a Chanukah themed box toward the tail end of this month. Just yesterday, Amazon said that the Echo …