Rapid growth in emerging markets saw Google Play worldwide quarterly downloads exceed iOS App Store downloads by around 60 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to App Annie.
A disappointing 24 percent of developers will make absolutely nothing from the apps and mobile games they create, according to Vision Mobile. The firm's Developer Economics Report Q3 2014 is based on survey responses from more than 10,000 developers in 137 countries.
As brand names go, the word "Galaxy" has a lot going for it. You think of stars, you think space, you think big. Particularly for something like an app store--where points of competitive differentiation revolve around the choices available--Galaxy conveys the right kind of message. However, Samsung needs to do more than simply act like a smart marketer.
One in five iOS apps are effectively dead and nearly 80 percent are "zombies" that don't get enough activity to rank on the charts, according to Adjust.
In most cases, a simple "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Anniversary" would suffice, but when we're talking about Apple's App Store, it's going to be a little more complicated than that.
If anyone should have felt they had a sure thing in terms of getting "featured" status on the Apple App Store, it should have been Nuzzel. The firm, whose news discovery tool was only launched relatively recently, had all the makings of a hit even when it was still in beta.
Hold the Fire phone: Amazon is bringing its Appstore to BlackBerry? At a moment when most developers were focusing more on the online juggernaut's launch of its Fire smartphone, BlackBerry momentarily stole the spotlight by announcing that some 200,000 Android apps from the company's app store would be available on its own devices later this summer.
"SUCKS!" it says, followed by one star. "Garbage. Needs major improvements, very slow app," says another, with an equally low rating. "Not great. Meh, and not accurate," says a third. These are extracts from user reviews of an actual sports app randomly selected on Google Play. Needless to say, it will take considerable work for the developer in question to get enough good feedback to push the rants and diatribes out of the way.
We talk about downloads, we talk about installs, but I, for one, never hear about people going "shopping for apps" in an app store. That may soon change for the iOS crowd.
If you can't buy love, you shouldn't be able to buy installs by offering incentives to watch videos or share on social media, according to a number of developers who commented on Apple's recent moves in its App Store.