Sometimes there are problems so deep and entrenched that when someone proposes an original and innovative solution it comes as something of a shock. Or at least that's how I felt when reading something by Alex Austin.
Nobody likes an error message, including developers, which is probably why iOS app makers were chatting on social media about how Apple recently responded to some of their complaints.
Developers may be eager to bring their apps to TV screens, but the initial launch of the Apple TV App Store has many worried that consumers will be tuning out.
Nearly 2,000 app and mobile game developers make more than a million dollars a year, according to a report from Pollen VC and Priori Data. The data in the study shows revenues from paid/premium apps and in-app purchase revenues only and is based on estimated revenues for Q2 2015.
"They take my money/when I'm in neeeed/Yeah they're trifling friends indeed/Oh yeah they're some gold diggers/way over town/that dig on me." The lyrics above are my modest attempt to tweak the opening words of "Gold Digger," a song by Kanye West that was originally about a certain kind of woman but could now be better aimed at mobile game developers in general.
What started as a plaintive cry from a lone iOS developer has quickly been picked up by his peers on social media, asking for Apple to make an important change to the way it works with them.
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.