News On App Stores, December 2021

What's new on app stores: Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Huawei App Gallery. Updated to December 2021

App Store 


New features for App Store product pages now available

Product page optimization. Try out alternate versions of your app's product page with different icons, screenshots, and app previews to find out which one gets the best results. Each version is shown to a percentage of randomly selected, eligible App Store users and results appear in App Analytics, so you can set the best performing one to display to everyone on the App Store.

Custom product pages. Create additional versions of your app's product page to highlight specific features or content, discoverable through unique URLs that you share. Custom product pages can have different screenshots, app previews, and promotional text — and are fully localizable — so you can showcase a particular sport, character, show, gameplay feature, and more.

Full content and details (external sources): Apple Developer


Upcoming Apple Developer certificate updates

Starting January 27, 2022, intermediate certificate updates will be available for the Apple Push Notification service (APNs) and Developer ID.

APNs SSL certificates will be issued from a new intermediate certificate (Worldwide Developer Relations G4 sub CA) exclusively focused on APNs. Once the new certificate is active and available for download, you’ll be able to use it to send push notifications to apps (including VoIP), complications, websites on Safari, and Apple Wallet passes.

Full content and details (external sources): Apple Developer


Upcoming price changes on the App Store in Turkey

In the next few days, prices of apps and in-app purchases (excluding auto-renewable subscriptions) on the App Store will increase in Turkey. Proceeds will be adjusted accordingly and will be calculated based on the tax-exclusive price.

Full content and details (external sources): Apple Developer


The are the App Store Award winners for 2021

Full content and details (external sources): GSMArena, Apple Developer


Google Play Store 

Google Play Store adds more prominent button to check for updates

Server-side updates are common for the Google Play Store, and currently, yet another is headed to users. For some, the Google Play Store is adding a much more prominent way to check for updates. Available under Play Store > Settings > About, this new option simply builds on existing functionality. For some users, an “Update Play Store” button appears underneath the Play Store version to quickly and easily allow users to check for an upgrade to the app marketplace.

Full content and details (external sources): 9to5Google


Play Store adds ‘Your devices’ search filter to make it easier to find compatible apps

To help users find apps for all of their Android and Wear OS devices, the Play Store now has a neat search filter to help them get compatible apps for all of their hardware. 

Full content and details (external sources): 9to5Google


Google Authenticator app secures 100 million Play Store downloads

Full content and details (external sources): 9to5Google


Huawei App Gallery


Huawei Gallery app version eligible devices

The testing activity was available between December 20, 2021, to December 31, 2021, in China. The latest Huawei Gallery test version brings new features including support for two-finger rotation for large pictures, hidden album, video preview frame by frame, and much more. 

Full content and details (external sources): HuaweiCentral


Download the latest Huawei AppGallery APK []

AppGallery features a four-layer detection mechanism to ensure that apps featured on the platform are safe to download and use. All kinds of useful and fun apps are available for download through AppGallery.

You can download the latest version below:

AppGallery beta (December 15, 2021)

Full content and details (external sources): HuaweiCentral


Huawei Gallery app for HarmonyOS testing new features

It is a kind of public test campaign of the Huawei Gallery app, where interested users can take part and enjoy the new features such as picture rotation with two fingers and more. The app test campaign was started on December 20, 2021, and lasted till December 31, 2021.

Full content and details (external sources): HuaweiCentral

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