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Apple now supports unlisted apps in its store; Google adds confirmation before closing all tabs on Chrome mobile

Apple has now introduced a nifty feature that can help reduce and better organize the apps listed on its App Store. The store is home to millions of apps, and it could get overwhelming trying to sort through them.

The new feature is described in new documentation released by Apple and explains that developers can add apps but specify that they do not show up when people search in the store. However, people can access the apps only through a direct link. Anybody with the link can access and install the app.

There are several scenarios where this feature is useful. For instance, a developer might feel the app is not suited for public use, like company-specific apps, events, industry, etc. Apple also suggests research studies will benefit from this new feature.

Apple will have to grant requests to be unlisted, and the app won’t show up in categories, recommendations, charts, search results, or other listings.

This feature, however, does not replace the existing TestFight process because Apple will not accept pre-release apps.

New and existing apps can apply to be granted unlisted status. For existing apps, new versions of the app will be hidden, but the URL will remain unchanged.

Overall, unlisted apps make it easier to distribute apps not meant for the public. It can also reduce the clutter in the store as the number of apps users will see in the store will reduce.

Apple’s documentation is partially reproduced here:

Release your apps that aren’t suited for public distribution as unlisted on the App Store, discoverable only with a direct link. Unlisted apps don’t appear in any App Store categories, recommendations, charts, search results, or other listings. They can also be accessed through Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager. Apps for specific organizations, special events, research studies, or apps used as employee resources or sales tools are good candidates for unlisted distribution.

Distribute your app to:

  • Limited audiences (such as part-time employees, franchisees, partners, business affiliates, higher-education students, or conference attendees) through a standard link that’s usable on the App Store and Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager.
  • Employee-owned devices that aren’t eligible to be managed through Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager.
  • All regions that are supported by the App Store.

Meanwhile, Google has added a new feature to its mobile Chrome browser that will help you avoid accidentally closing all your opened tabs. The feature might appear small, but it is one that will improve the user experience, especially with more people browsing the internet on their phones. Many people had lost valuable URLs when they accidentally closed all tabs.

The feature is present in the Canary channel version of Chrome 100 for Android. You will get a modal dialog that prompts you to confirm whether you want to close all tabs or not.

This feature is important on the mobile browser because the option to close all tabs is easier to tap accidentally, unlike on the desktop version of Chrome.

Remember that Canary builds are for testing purposes and may be unstable. So you might want to wait until Google releases it as part of an update to the browser.

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