Bumble's IPO, Google's missing privacy labels, a developer crusades against scams

Week of Feb. 14, 2021

Please join me on TechCrunch for This Week in Apps, where I cover the mobile app industry on a week-by-week basis.

The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day, but now spends four hours per day on their mobile devices.

This week, my column features:

  • The Bumble IPO

  • A developer’s crusade against shady subscription apps and fake reviews

  • Google’s still-missing privacy labels

Outside these top stories, This Week in Apps rounds up the news from the platforms, products and services that define the app store ecosystem.

It also covers funding and M&A news from the past week and recommends downloads.

Click here to read This Week in Apps.

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