This Week in Apps: Whistleblowing drama, Instagram’s teen safety features, Twitter adds podcasts


Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy.

Global app spending reached $65 billion in the first half of 2022, up only slightly from the $64.4 billion during the same period in 2021

hypergrowth fueled by the pandemic has decreased. But overall, the app economy is continuing to grow

having produced a record number of downloads and consumer spending across both the iOS and Google Play stores combined in 2021

according to the latest year-end reports. Global spending across iOS and Google Play last year was $133 billion, and consumers downloaded 143.6 billion apps.