TECH CRUNCH - An annual review by data.ai (previously App Annie) found that consumer spending on mobile apps declined for the first time in 2022 after seeing 19% YOY growth the year prior. The report said that consumer spending dropped by 2% in 2022, reaching $167B. Meanwhile, downloads grew by 11% YOY to 255B. Non-game apps have proven to be more resilient in a down economy, data.ai found. In 2022, spending on games dropped 5% to $110B, while spending on non-game apps increased 6% to $58B, driven by streaming subscriptions, dating apps, and short-form video apps. Video and dating apps continue to pull in the most revenue, with Tinder and Disney+ still highly ranked, behind TikTok.