This Week in Apps #19 - Microsoft Got Slack Angry, Baseball, and more

Ariel Michaeli Ariel Michaeli
July 24, 2020, 12:53 PM ET #twia #covid-19

This Week in Apps is a short, no-fluff, round-up of interesting things that happened in the mobile industry. Here are our top highlights.

U.S. Mobile Download Index: App Store ↓ 86.09, Google Play ↑ 93.47

Nothing but dust

This week, Slack filed a competition complaint with the European Union. Comparing downloads of the two, it's very clear why Slack isn't happy... Last year Microsoft Teams "began" competing with Slack and caught traction fairly quickly. Then came corona, and Microsoft Teams really took off, leaving Slack nothing but dust.

Stepping up

Baseball is back! Things are different, but the season has officially started, and with a win by the Yankees. Fans, who can't attend games in person, have flocked to download the official MLB app, and in droves. Downloads were up nearly 50x over the last few days.

Fox on the run

Fox News has been in the news lately, and while you'd think that downloads would suffer, it's quite the opposite. On Wednesday, downloads in the U.S. have more than doubled, netting the news network over 14,000 new users from the App Store and Google Play.

All about the video

TikTok has managed to sneak into our round-up again this week. The embattled app continues its residence atop the App Store, but this week it found its way back in the #1 position, battling Zoom, which also made a comeback. The two apps provide entirely different services but share a common theme—human interaction.

Catch 'em

Pokémon Go has hit a new single-day high for this year with 361,000 downloads across the App Store and Google Play. The spike, which represents a 2x increase over the average weekend downloads for the AR sensation, comes a week ahead of Go Fest, which kicks off tomorrow.

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