When a consumer installs a mobile game on their smartphone or tablet, they probably don't spend much time wondering about whether it should be classified as a product or a service. For developers, on the other hand, it's a distinction that could make all the difference in how they create and monetize their work.
Consumers can often seem fairly fickle in terms of the apps they use regularly, but U.S. retention actually improved last year to where 42 percent came back to an app 11 or more times, according to new numbers Localytics. The company's most recent study also looked at the number of people who abandoned an app after the first try.
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When the Apple Watch launched, there was a lot of excitement about what consumers would do with it. Now the media and developers can't seem to stop talking about what they can't do with it (at least so far).
You can get a lot of great free stuff at a technology conference--T-shirts, food, USB sticks--but Facebook really upped the ante when it offered the source code to its React Native framework earlier this year.
Most of the time, developers know it's probably their fault when their app gets a bad review. The recent problems involving iOS 9 beta, however, show that there are some times when even a developer's best work can't truly stand on its own.
Mobile "addicts," or those who launch apps 60 times or more each day, have grown in number by 59 percent over the last year, according to Flurry.
There may be a few indie developers who are so optimistic about their prospects that they shoot for the moon, but I doubt even the most bullish ever seriously think much about app constellations.
Don't try to fool Andy Smith. He's heard the same line from successful app developers too many times before.
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