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App Store revenue is still killing it.
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Fortnite leak confirms Android users’ worst fears

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Yes, you'll need a Samsung to play Fortnite for Android.
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Fortnite Battle Royale will be exclusive to Samsung devices when it finally comes to Android, a new leak has confirmed.

The upcoming Galaxy Note 9 or a second Samsung device will be required to play the game initially. Even if you happen to obtain the Fortnite package for Android, it won’t run on your handset until Samsung’s exclusive deal comes to an end.

It’s not yet clear exactly how long that will last.

Apple App Store revenue almost double that of Google Play

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Apple's redesign of the App Store with iOS 11 probably helped increase software downloads and revenue.
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In the battle of the mobile software stores, Apple has a huge lead. Consumers spending in the iOS App Store during the first half of this year was almost double that of rival Google Play.

But there’s good news for both companies, as each experienced solid year-over-year growth. 

Movies Anywhere puts your movies everywhere [50 Essential iOS Apps #29]

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Movies Anywhere syncs your movies across online services.
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50 Essential iOS Apps: Movies AnywhereOwning digital movies used to be a pain in the neck. Movies bought on iTunes were trapped on Apple devices, Google Play movies on Google’s service, and Amazon purchases in Prime Video. At the same time digital copies included with DVD and Blu-rays were often stuck in services like Vudu, Flixter, or UltraViolet. With Movies Anywhere, you can finally sync most of your movies across various services, putting your movies everywhere you want to watch.

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Will your survive?
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Starbucks is beating Apple, Google and Samsung at mobile payments

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Starbucks is doing a great job of persuading customers to use its mobile app.
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Apple and Google may be two of the biggest companies in the tech industry, but they’re both losing to Starbucks when it comes to one important metric.

No, we’re not talking about numbers of coffees made per year, but rather the success of their respective mobile payment services. According to a new report, the Starbucks mobile payments app is currently outperforming Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay to cement its place as the most successful mobile payments app.

Spotify’s new app is a Pandora copycat

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Stations are coming to Spotify.
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Spotify is testing a new tool to up the competition with Apple Music by stealing a key feature from one of the oldest companies in the streaming game: Pandora.

Stations, a new stand-alone app from Spotify, launched on the Google Play Store in Australia this week allowing users to listen to curated stations without any type of manual controls.

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iOS 11 made big changes to the App Store.
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