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Apps and Games Are Big Business on Smartphones

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In 2021 Smartphone users spent a record $133 billion on apps and games in 2021, according to a new report. That’s a nearly 20 percent increase over 2020 – despite first-time app installs only ticking up by half a percentage point. Consumers spent more than $85 billion through the Apple App Store, compared to $48 billion through Google Play. How much did you spend on apps and games in 2021?  Has the pandemic made us all spend even more time on our phones?

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