Week in Review – 2014/05/25

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

May25

Google’s Self Driving Car is Awesome

Seriously, I’m not a car guy but I think this is amazingly awesome. I love the way the vehicle looks and I can’t wait till these (or other) self driving cars are on the market. Read more about it on recode.net: Google’s New Self-Driving Car Ditches the Steering Wheel

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2014 Edition

There is some great stuff in this and if you are interested in technology, where it is and where it’s going, you should checkout Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends slideshow for 2014:

Props to Lorne for finding this year’s edition and sending it to me.

Apple Buys Beats

For $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock Apple acquired Beats Audio this week. It will be interesting to see what Apple does with Beats and to learn (hopefully) exactly why Beats was acquired.

Balmer Buy Clippers

For slightly less money ($2 billion) Steve Balmer is buying the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team. Good for him, I think all retired billionaires should buy a sports team (and give to charity).

See you next week!

Six Essential Tips for App Developers

I ran across this Google/AdMob infographic today. There are some interesting app stats, such as:

  • 34% of app users have upgraded from a free app to a paid version, making this the most widely experienced business model.
  • On average, 85% of users we surveyed haven’t made an in-app purchase.
  • 53% of users click on ads in apps at least some of the time
  • 25% of app users discover apps by browsing app stores, more than any other discovery method

To learn about how people use mobile apps around the world, AdMob surveyed 1,000 daily users in five key markets. Here, we put our biggest findings in a nutshell for app developers. Use this data to help reach consumers in new markets, build games with depth, choose appropriate business models, earn with ads, get discovered and keep users happy.

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AnDev On Air: Android App Monetization and SEO

AnDevCon is hosting a public hangout today that I think a lot of Andromo developers would be interested in:

Interested in learning about app monetization and SEO? Then join us for AnDevCon’s second AnDevOn Air Hangout “Android App Monetization and SEO” tomorrow at 2:00 pm ET! We’ll be talking to several experts about tips, tricks and best practices for making your app stand out, and, above all, how to make it money. 

The public hangout starts at 2:00pm EST and you can watch it below if you want or at the Google+ event page: Android App Monetization and SEO

Week in Review – 2014/04/20

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

April20

Andromo 4.0.3

We released Andromo 4.0.3 on Wednesday with a brand new card style layout option for the RSS and YouTube activities as well as some other fixes and features. Read the changelog for a full list of everything that we fixed and added.

This release also marks the first time I (a lowly client programmer) have added database migrations and options to the build. It also marks the first time that I can be responsible for bugs on the website and bugs in the resulting app! Be kind.

Bye-Bye Vic

On Thursday Vic Gundotra Senior Vice President, Social, at Google announced his departure from Google:

I liked what Vic was doing on Google+ and his presentations at I/O and other events; it will be interesting to see where he ends up and what this means for Google+.

Andromo Sample App

Today we pushed the Andromo Sample App onto Google Play. This is the official Andromo Sample app and it shows you a little bit of what Andromo has to offer. The app is a great way to quickly see what our activity’s look like and how they function on your device.


Get it on Google Play

Nokia and Microsoft together at last

Today, the deal that saw Microsoft purchase the Nokia Devices and Services business (the phone stuff) finally closed:

We here at Andromo are interested to see what this means for the smartphone market especially the recently announced Nokia X line of smartphones.

Earnings, Earnings, Earnings

Twas the week for earnings in the tech world. Here’s a few that you might be interested in:

Andromo hangout v2.0

Finally, we scheduled our second Andromo Developer Hangout for Thursday next week. If you are an Andromo subscriber you might want to attend, or at least ask a question. You can read more about the hangout on the announcement blog post I made, or watch the video below:

Enjoy the weekend!

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.

April13

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:

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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!

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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.

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?

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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:

TopFive

  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?

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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.

Regards,
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.

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.

Thanks!

Android App Store Survey

Hey everyone, we are running an Android App Store Survey for all Android and Andromo developers and I would like to invite you to participate.

It’s a short survey (5 questions in total, 3 required and 2 optional) trying to determine which app stores are the most important to Android developers. So if you have a minute maybe you would like to share your thoughts on Android app stores:

Android App Store Survey

And if you can please help spread the word about the survey. We want as many Android developers we can get filling it out.