When Amazon recently said it would change the way it pay writers whose work is available on Kindle Unlimited based on how many pages consumers read, the literary world flipped out. The authors of books aren't accustomed to being tracked so granularly, and to some it seemed unfair because there are plenty of people who buy books they never read, but want to save for later (or for some kind of bragging rights). The same is not true for mobile apps-- we don't have friends admiring all the unused mobile games in our smartphone "libraries"-- which is why Amazon's "actually free" category in its new Amazon Underground app store sounds intriguing.
Twenty years ago, long before smartphones and mobile games were a worldwide phenomenon, Stuart Duncan was sculpting. But even then, he had an inkling of the human-computer interaction he is only now starting to create.
Despite the growing horde of apps crowding the App Store, getting featured might still be something developers want to keep in mind as they work on their next mobile game.
Video streaming apps have moved the Entertainment category to the No. 1 position in terms of iOS revenue and make up three out of the top five iOS apps in China, according to App Annie. The company released its App Annie Index: Market Q2 2015 report based on data collected across its mobile analytics platform.
The news came out as Apple's WWDC 2015 was coming to an end, but the company's decision to allow ad blockers on Safari may have gotten the most developer applause, based on their Twitter comments.
Although it may somtimes feel like the charts never change, 32 percent of the top iOS developers were not even ranking in Apple's App Store a year ago, according to ACT/The App Association. The group's iOS App Economy Report spanned the top 400 apps across key categories in the App Store, offering insight on growing app categories and the state of developing.
Sometimes, like many other men trying to dress to impress, I will stand before my wife--or even one of my children--with two different ties. "Which one do you like better: this one or this one?" I'll ask, giving them a choice between colors, patterns, or often both. Depending on the nature of the meeting I'm going to, I may follow up with questions like, "Which one says 'knowledgeable' or 'creative' to you?"
I don't get a lot of email from Apple, and I'm perfectly fine with that. On the other hand, I probably pay more attention to messages from the company behind iOS than the many other firms that somehow managed to acquire my address. That means Apple has the potential to influence my behavior as a consumer, so when it chooses to use that power to help independent developers, I pay particular attention.
Google Play's worldwide downloads in the first quarter of 2015 were approximately 70 percent higher than the iOS App Store, according to App Annie. The firm drew data from its App Intelligence tool as the basis for its Market Q1 2015 Index.
First came the Apple-like app reviewing process and age-based ratings. Now Google is getting even more serious about distinguishing adult-oriented apps from the rest of the wares in its Play store.