The app economy continues to grow, having produced a record number of downloads and consumer spending across both the iOS and Google Play stores. Keep up with this fast-moving industry in one place, with the latest from the world of apps, including news, updates, startup fundings, mergers and acquisitions, and much more.

Dot is a new AI companion and chatbot that thrives on getting to know your innermost thoughts and feelings.

Dot’s AI really, really wants to get to know you

Feel Therapeutics has a pretty original deck, with some twists we rarely see; the company did a great job telling the overall story.

Pitch Deck Teardown: Feel Therapeutics’ $3.5M seed deck

Style DNA, an AI-powered fashion stylist app, creates a personalized style profile from a single selfie. The app is particularly useful for people interested in seasonal color analysis, a process…

Style DNA gets a generative AI chatbot that suggests outfit ideas based on your color type

Spotify is introducing a new “Basic” streaming plan in the United States, the company announced on Friday. The new plan costs $10.99 per month and includes all of the benefits…

Spotify launches a new Basic streaming plan in the US

Photographers say the social media giant is applying a ‘Made with AI’ label to photos they took, causing confusion for users.

Meta is tagging real photos as ‘Made with AI,’ say photographers

Google said today that it globally paused its experiment that aimed to allow new kinds of real-money games on the Play Store, citing the challenges that come with the lack…

Google pauses its experiment to expand real-money games on the Play Store

Google is making reviews of all your movies, TV shows, books, albums and games visible under one profile page starting June 24, according to an email sent to users last…

Google is making your movie and TV reviews visible under a new profile page

Speak, the AI-powered language learning app, has raised new money from investors at double its previous valuation.

Language learning app Speak nets $20M, doubles valuation

Apple has released Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 and Final Cut Camera, the company announced on Thursday. Both apps were previously announced during the company’s iPad event in May.…

Apple releases Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 and Final Cut Camera

LTK (formerly and RewardStyle), the influencer shopping app with 40 million monthly users, announced on Thursday the launch of a free direct message tool for creators to instantly share…

Influencer shopping app LTK gets an automatic direct message tool

Instagram is introducing the ability for users to broadcast live to just their Close Friends list, the company announced on Thursday. The new “Close Friends on Live” feature allows users…

Instagram now lets users livestream exclusively to their Close Friends list

Lightspeed Ventures-backed audio platform Pocket FM announced it has partnered with voice-cloning company ElevenLabs to quickly convert text content, such as script, into audio series using AI. Pocket FM, which…

Pocket FM partners with ElevenLabs to convert scripts into audio content quickly

Roots is designed to help people get a better handle on what sort of apps are worth spending time on and which are not.

Roots introduces a screen time app for tracking ‘digital dopamine’

Non-hosted podcasters can now upload videos to Spotify. Over 250K video podcasts are on the platform.

Spotify quietly lets all podcasters upload videos, surpasses 250K shows

Meta AI removes restrictions around answering election-related queries in India while Google is still restricting them.

Meta AI removes block on election-related queries in India while Google still applies limits

The agency was investigating the company over potential violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Act.

FTC refers TikTok child privacy case to Justice Department

Apple’s changes may affect apps that today have an estimated $393 million in revenue and have been downloaded roughly 58 million times over the past year.

iOS 18 could ‘sherlock’ $400M in app revenue

At the Augmented World Expo on Tuesday, Snap teased an early version of its real-time, on-device image diffusion model that can generate vivid AR experiences. The company also unveiled generative…

Snap previews its real-time image model that can generate AR experiences

We all know the feeling when we send a funny TikTok video, anticipating a response from a friend, only to receive a basic laughing emoji or, worse, no reaction at…

Meet Seen, a new app for friends to record reactions to TikToks and other content

Butterflies wants to let users create AI personas that then take on their own lives and coexist with others. 

Former Snap engineer launches Butterflies, a social network where AIs and humans coexist

Pok Pok’s growth caught investors’ attention, leading to a $6 million Series A.

Now a Series A startup, kids’ app and ‘digital toy’ Pok Pok is coming to Android

Meta said today that it finally launched its much-awaited API for Threads so developers can build experiences around it.

Threads finally launches its API for developers

Google has released its dedicated AI mobile app Gemini in India — over four months after its debut in the U.S. — with support for nine Indian languages alongside English. The…

Google brings Gemini mobile app to India with support for 9 Indian languages

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Can quick commerce leapfrog e-commerce in India?

Even as quick commerce startups are retreating, consolidating or shutting down in many parts of the world, the model is showing encouraging signs in India. Consumers in urban cities are embracing the convenience of having groceries delivered to their doorstep in just 10 minutes. The companies making those deliveries —…

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Can quick commerce leapfrog e-commerce in India?

Apple announced at last week’s WWDC 2024 that users would be able to access loans through third-party app Affirm through Apple Pay.

Apple kills Pay Later feature ahead of Affirm integration

Perplexity could already fetch this data from the web and display results in a descriptive way, but the company is adding some visual flair to these results to make them…

Perplexity now displays results for temperature, currency conversion and simple math, so you don’t have to use Google

TikTok announced on Monday that it’s introducing generative AI avatars of creators and stock actors for branded content and ads on its platform. The company is also launching an “AI…

TikTok ads will now include AI avatars of creators and stock actors

YouTube is introducing a new experimental feature that will allow viewers to add “Notes” to provide more context and information under videos, the company told TechCrunch exclusively. If the feature…

YouTube is experimenting with Notes, a crowdsourced feature that lets users add context to videos

OpenAI offers an array of plans for ChatGPT, both paid and free.

How much does ChatGPT cost? Everything you need to know about OpenAI’s pricing plans

The Browser Company’s Arc, a web browser that aims to have a less cluttered user interface, launched a “Live Calendar” feature to ensure you never miss a call or run…

Arc now features a live calendar button to help you stay punctual for meetings