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Google Play has a new app review and age rating system. Now what?

Google recently admitted that it began a quiet change whereby, for the first time, its staff are now part of a process that vets apps before they are approved for distribution in Google Play. For developers, the change may be a mixed blessing, particularly if it affects how quickly they can deploy an app or mobile game to the Android market.

Report: 32% of the most popular Android apps are (you guessed it) games

Thirty-two percent of the most popular Android apps are games and casual games are the most popular subset at 28 percent, according to Beijing-based start-up APUS. The firm developed its Global Mobile Application Analysis Report by looking within the user data from its own apps as well as data from Google Play.

How developers reacted to Facebook's decision to open up Messenger

There were a lot of questions around whether Facebook Messenger was powerful enough to become a standalone app, and the company answered them at its recent F8 developer conference in San Francisco by turning it into a platform for third-party developers.

How app developers should define 'explicit authorization'

For a lot of app developers, the word "explicit" may not come up a lot unless you're referring to some of the more violent content you see in certain mobile games. Apple, however, wants to make it a much bigger part of their vocabulary.

Report: Android cost-per-install rates less than half of iOS counterparts

iOS may be the more expensive platform for mobile advertising, but the results could be worth it, based on a recent study from Kenshoo. The firm used aggregated data comprising more than $19 million in advertiser spend and more than 10 million app installs, targeted across more than 100 countries worldwide.

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