Week in Review – 2014/04/13

A look back on the week in Andromo, Android, Mobile, and stuff… Tomorrow is a holiday here so I’m releasing the Week in Review one day early.


Design Design Design

Here is an very interesting interview with Matias Duarte, Director, Android User Experience at Google. There are not a lot of specifics discussed in the video, but if you want a hint at where Android is going, or if you are interested in design give it a watch.

Developers! Developers! Developers!

Registration for Google’s annual developer conference “Google I/O” opened up this week. If you want to go to the conference you have until 2:00 PM PDT on April 18 to register. Visit the main Google I/O website to register or just to browse what the conference has to offer.

App Stores Galore

On Tuesday I published a list of Android app stores on the blog. This turned out to be one of the most popular blog posts we’ve ever had here, so Android and Andromo developers are obviously interested in alternatives. Check out the post and let me know if I’ve missed any stores.

New Camera App

Google released a new Camera app on the 16th called (you guessed it) Google Camera. This might come as an automatic update or you might have to download it manually, either way it’s free and a nice improvement, plus you get “Lens Blur” option in this version:


Ice, Ice Update

The ice “sculpture” draining from a rooftop in the back alley is finally starting to melt. As is winter’s death grip on Winnipeg, rejoice!


Releasing a new app?

Last but not least, if you are releasing a new app in upcoming week let me know about it (either as a comment or on twitter) and I might feature it here. Have a good weekend folks, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

List of Android App Stores

Google_Play_Store_96We did an Android app store survey for developers and published the results last week, but one thing that I have wanted to do (but didn’t get a chance to) was list all of the apps stores (both those on the survey and those not) for developers looking to expand into alternative markets and diversify across app stores.

Note: I have not checked out each of these app stores so I cannot vouch for them upload at your own risk!

Now that all of that is out of the way here is a list of app stores and links to their websites in alphabetical order:

I you prefer a Google Doc of the above list then just visit: Android App Stores – By Andromo. There are a few extra columns in there to make creating this post a bit easier, but I think it works.

If I have missed any of the app stores please let me know in the comments below and I will add it to the list.

Do you have any thoughts on the app stores listed above? Any experiences with them please leave a comment as well. Knowing which app stores work and which do not is a valuable piece of information.

Don’t forget to visit the One Platform Foundation for a great list of app stores and extra information on them. Many of the links above came from their list.

Andromo makes it fast and easy to create Android apps, with absolutely no programming required.

Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.

Week in Review – 2014/04/06

A look back on the week in Andromo, Android, Mobile, and stuff…


Android App Store Survey Results

On Wednesday I compiled the results from our Android App Store survey and formulated the responses from three of the questions into handy-dandy graphs and a blog post. I wish we could have gotten more responses but even still I think that the results are interesting.



If you’re reading this post then you have probably already know that know that I love graphs (look a few inches above this line). Here’s a graph that I stumbled across on Twitter this week that you might enjoy:

Interesting Reads

When you read the excellent blog post: Why don’t designers take Android seriously? you will probably recognize the first image as coming from the tweet that I just embedded above, but don’t let that slow you down it’s a good read and worth it if you are interested in Android.

The Next Web has a nice article on Xiaomi (you might remember them as the company that Hugo Barra left Google for) and their recent Mi Fan Festival: Xiaomi’s social media strategy drives fan loyalty, books it $242m in sales in 12 hours

I also wrote a guest post on the Droid Galazy blog: How to Create an Android App Without Programming. The original content for the post comes from this blog but I reworked it for their site.

But What About Winnipeg?

OK fine here is Winnipeg’s own Burton Cummings getting Google Glass:

Enjoy the weekend, create some apps, and don’t forget to follow us on twitter: @andromorocks

Android App Store Survey Results

A while ago I posted a survey for Android developers trying to determine which app stores were the most important to them and while the response wasn’t overwhelming (only 103 responses) I thought I would share some of the results that we have collected so far:

Which app stores have you uploaded your app(s) into?


Click on the image for a larger view. The most popular app store (by a long shot) is Google Play. Here are the five most popular app stores in the survey:

  1. Google Play – 91
  2. Amazon AppStore – 52
  3. Samsung Apps – 27
  4. Opera Mobile Store – 23
  5. Yandex – 14

What Are Your Top Five App Stores?

Not much different in the distribution people gave when they votes for their top five app stores:


  1. Google Play – 94
  2. Amazon AppStore – 53
  3. Samsung Apps – 32
  4. Opera Mobile Store – 24
  5. SlideME – 15

The only difference in the top five is last spot where SlideME replaces the Yandex store. I think that this has to do with the fact that SlideME does not allow Andromo apps, and since many of the respondents were Andromo developers they might feel that SlideME is an important app store but have not been able to upload their apps into SlideME just yet.

How important are alternative app stores to you as an Android developer?


Here we can see a pretty even split across all five responses with a majority of developers feeling that alternative app stores are important in some way.


Sadly the number of responses are too small to really get a clue as to how important alternative app stores are to Android developers, but I think that we can conclude a few things from the results:

  1. Google Play is important. Google Play is by far the most important app store to Android developers who responded, which makes sense given that it is considered the premier app store and the default App store for most Android phones sold outside of China.
  2. Alternative App Stores are important. Given the number of different app stores that respondents distributed their apps into I think you can safely say that alternative app stores are important to Android developers. After all most of these stores are free, and if you can get a few more downloads with minimal effort why not?

So what do you think? Do you agree with the survey results? Have you changed your mind since you answered the survey? Let me know in the comments below.

Note: These results would probably have been much different if we could have surveyed Chinese app developers.

Week in Review – 2014/03/30


Andromo Mentions Online

Another week and another batch of Andromo mentions online. Android Bugle started the week off right with a nice review of Andromo: Andromo Review: Creating Native Android Apps with no coding background. This was followed up by a short review posted on Android and Freak: Just few clicks to create Android application – zero coding knowledge required!!!

As always if you wrote anything about Andromo that we missed let us know in the comments below and we’ll put it in the blog next week.

Google Updates Google Play Developer Policies

Technically this happened last week, but just late enough to be missed by last week’s post, so it ends up in this week’s post. (That’s how these things work.)

Google updated their Google Play Developer policies again. If you are releasing your apps in Google Play it is important to be familiar with the contents of these policies and to ensure that your apps comply. I suggest you read them.

If you have any questions or concerns about the policy update, join the discussion on our forums.

Andromo Selfie

Selfies are not a new thing but they seem to have become a “thing” over the last few weeks so I thought I would participate in the madness with an Andromo Selfie:

Have a good weekend and make good apps!

“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

Google Play Policy Update

Google_Play_Store_96I know it’s Friday night but after I saw my email and a post from Phandroid on twitter and I thought I should make a quick post on the blog so that all Andromo developers know about the Google Play™ Developer Program Policy Update

The email that I got and that you should have received says the following:

Hello Google Play Developer,

We are constantly striving to make Google Play a great community for developers and consumers. This requires us to update our policies in accordance with current practices as the ecosystem evolves. This email is to notify you that we’ve made some changes to our policies which are highlighted below.

  1. We’ve updated our content policies to further clarify our stance on sexually explicit material and provide a better experience for our users, including minors
  2. We’re introducing the App Promotion policy, which provides guidance on what app promotion tactics are disallowed when promoting your app on Play
  3. We’ve introduced a provision that requires you to clearly disclose when an advertised feature in your app’s description requires in-app payment
  4. We’ve clarified the System Interference policy to prohibit any browser modifications on behalf of third-parties or advertisements
  5. We’ve re-emphasized in the Ads Policy that all advertising behavior must be properly attributed to, or clearly presented in context with the app it came along with
  6. We’ve also updated the Spyware section of our Policy Guidelines Help Site to address surveillance or tracking apps. Please take a look at the Google Play Developer Program Policy to see all the changes and make sure your app complies with our updated policies.

Any new apps or app updates published after this notification will be immediately subject to the latest version of the Program Policy. If you find any existing apps in your catalog that don’t comply, we ask you to un-publish the app, or fix and republish the app within 15 calendar days of receiving this email. After this period, existing apps discovered to be in violation may be subject to warning or removal from Google Play.

Google Play Team

It is important to pay attention to the changes as well as the paragraph at the bottom (emphasis mine):

Any new apps or app updates published after this notification will be immediately subject to the latest version of the Program Policy. If you find any existing apps in your catalog that don’t comply, we ask you to unpublish the app, or fix and republish the app within 15 calendar days of receiving this email. After this period, existing apps discovered to be in violation may be subject to warning or removal from Google Play.

So if any of those items are of a concern to you it’s time to update your apps. Be sure to read the full policy document for all of the changes.

Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.

Week in Review – 2014/03/23


Version 4.0.2 of Andromo Released

We released an update to Andromo in the form of 4.0.2. The update has some bug fixes and a few new features. Worth highlighting are the new options available to the YouTube activity: “Single Video”, “Playlist ID”, and “Search Phrase” as well as the “Banner Ads” option now available on the Website, HTML Archive, and RSS activities.

Andromo Mentions Online

Andromo was reviewed on Tamindir.com and on Softmonk.com. We were also one of three app makers listed on a TechRepublic article.

One post from last week that we missed was from the Brazilian website Baixaki.

It’s great to see Andromo being mentioned online. If we missed a site that posted something about Andromo this week let us know in the comments and we will make sure to mention it next week.

What We Face in Winnipeg


The photo above was taken with a Nexus 5 in the back lane behind the Andromo office (and yes it is ice) so while Spring may be officially here (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) Winnipeg remains locked in the grip of Old Man Winter. This might have no bearing on your week but it did for the Andromo team who are desperately waiting for the winter thaw.

Enjoy your weekend, send us a tweet, and leave a comment below.

Andromo App Maker for Android v4.0.2 Released

Andromo App Maker for Android version v4.0.2 has been released.

Here is the list of changes in this version:

  • Added the ability to play a single YouTube video using the “Single Video” option within the YouTube activity.
  • Added the “Playlist ID” and “Search Phrase” options to the YouTube activity to make it easier to generate the correct YouTube feed in those cases.
  • Added the “Enable Geolocation permissions” option to the Website, HTML Archive, Custom Page activities.
  • Added the Banner Ads option to the Website, HTML Archive, and RSS activities, that lets you control how banner ads are displayed within those activities.
  • Made it so that the old-style AdMob Id could be used as an AdMob interstitial Id.
  • Fixed an issue where OGG files could not be uploaded as Audio tracks in some web browsers.
  • Fixed some small issues on the website.
  • Andromo App Maker for Android v4.0.2 is now live at www.andromo.com.

    Week in Review – 2014/03/16


    Over 300K Andromo Sign Ups

    This week past week Andromo passed a healthy milestone: 300,000 people have signed up for an Andromo account! Not bad for a scrappy group of Canucks, of course all the thanks go to you the Andromo user, without your help we wouldn’t be here today.

    Blog Posts

    Last weekend we were happy to see a couple of blog posts written about Andromo go up.

    One of them was courtesy of GoAndroid.co.in:

    You can read the post in its entiirity on the GoAndroid website – Andromo: Build Android Apps With Few Clicks

    The other post came from Andromo user Jstar:

    You can read the whole post on the J-Gaming website – Andromo Reveals Huge Update + Big News!

    Have you written a blog post about Andromo? If you have let us know, we would love to read it and share it with other Andromo users.

    Website Feedback

    We were also pleased to get some positive feedback from Andromo users about the new website redesign. Here’s a quick sample taken from twitter:

    The Weekend


    And now it’s time for the weekend, so put your feet up and relax…but don’t forget to create an app or two.

    Do You Have a Translation for Us?

    After writing a blog post yesterday [建立您自己的Android应用 (Are Translations Important?)] I started thinking about the languages that I used for the non-English examples (Simplified Chinese, Arabic, and Russian) and that it wasn’t necessarily fair to only use those examples given the global nature of the internet and mobile technology.

    In the last month andromo.com has had visits from 368 different language locales and 222 different countries. So speakers from a lot of different languages visit our website, and in acknowledgement of that diversity I would like to open up that blog post to anyone who can translate the text from our main page into another language. Not all of the text is necessary just the text that appeared in that blog post:

    Create Your Own Android Apps

    No coding required. Andromo is so easy to use, anyone can do it!

    Signup Now For Free

    If you can translate that text into another language (including Simplified Chinese, Arabic, and Russian as I just used Google Translate!) leave the translated text in a comment below and I will add it to the previous post crediting you for the translation.