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I can’t complain. Things are going well. Compared to a lot of other apps, people are downloading my apps (interest) and I am making some money from both advertising and sales. The majority of apps out there haven’t seen 50 downloads – for either their free or pay versions. I won’t be making millions, but something is better than nothing! 🙂
- Mew Media Player – ad version: 6,400 downloads
- Mew Media Player Pro ($1.99): 43 downloads, 33 actual purchases
- Yellow Pad List – free, no adds: 3,000 downloads
- Messaging Family Drama Free – ad version: 1,200 downloads
- Messaging Family Drama Sample – free, no ads: 500 downloads
- Messaging Family Drama ($1.00) : 4 downloads, 2 actual purchases
AndroLib.com has some interesting stats posted on their Website about Android apps, most telling of which continues to be the graph you see below.
Here are some facts:
- 44.7% of free apps have less than 100 downloads
- 83.6% of paid apps have less than 100 purchases. 77.1% have less than 50 purchases
- Only 1,032 (0.9%) paid apps have more than 5,000 purchases
I’m pretty good at application testing, but I know that I won’t catch everything. As a result of literally using my apps on a daily basis (Yellow Pad List and Mew Media Player Pro), I’m always on the lookout for things that need to be fixed or improved upon.
Yellow Pad List is about 99.9% crash proof and there are no logic flaws that I’m aware of. It could use a few more features, but since its popularity isn’t growing, it will remain as is for now – stable! If you use it and have some features you would like to see incorporated into the app, please let me know!
Mew Media Player/Pro has been keeping me busy over the past 11 days. The biggest issue has been intermittent song skip fixes (i.e. song plays for 1-2 seconds and then goes onto the next song) and I think I finally found the last of three logic flaws, each of which was resolved on a different day. The last one was related to calls to onStop and onResume within the main activity. The code in those procedures made sense when I wrote it and worked perfectly in pre-release testing, but there were some logic errors as a result of doing a combination of actions which I just didn’t catch. I have my fingers crossed that the player won’t skip anymore, but I won’t be satisfied until a week goes by without skips.
It’s important to use your apps on a daily basis after you’ve published them, to catch any bugs and logic errors that you didn’t catch during pre-release testing. Don’t just rely on your users to report them to you. The less problems users encounter with your app, the more likely they are to keep it and tell others about it.
The biggest challenge for Android developers continues to be getting the word out about new apps. Once you’ve contacted all the Android sites, you really have to use your brain to avoid being perceived as a spammer. If you have any ideas, I’m all ears!
A free version of Messaging Family Drama is now available in the Android Market. This advertisement supported version gives you access to the same 100 episodes that are in the pay version. For more info, click here.
Experience the first seven episodes of Messaging Family Drama for free! Click here for more info.
I updated Yellow Pad List today with the ability to copy an entry’s text without having to enter edit mode. Just do a long press and select ‘Copy to clipboard’ from the menu. A confirmation message will let you know that the text has been copied. This feature is so handy!