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All has been fairly quiet on the Apple front lately, typical of this time of year. Everyone at Apple is tucked away developing and fine-tuning the next gadget. Meanwhile, the App store continues to bring in big money for Apple and app developers worldwide. We download 800 apps per second!
The 50 billionth app was downloaded by Brandon Ashmore from Ohio and he was rewarded with a $10,000 app store gift card. The app he downloaded was ‘Say the Same Thing’.
Since opening in 2008 with just 500 apps available, the app store has grown to have more than 850,000 apps currently. In comparison, the Google Play Store has 500,000 and the Windows Phone store has just 120,000. The Apple app store continues to grow at a very fast rate, we will be at 1 million apps soon enough.
With so many apps available, it is very easy to end up with a phone full of apps. At last count I had about 90, can anyone beat that? With 850,000 apps out there I want to know how many you have, comment below.…Read More
Sure, the occasional zombie game for the iPhone or iPad can be quite amusing, but when your application actually becomes the zombie, then it’s no longer fun times. ‘Zombie Apps’ is a term used by mobile analytic firm Adeven. These ‘Zombie Apps’ are applications that have managed to sit in the App Store with no downloads, are invisible to users and have no ranking. AppTrace, a new tool developed by Adeven, shows that there are 400,000 of these apps infecting the store, out of a total of just over 650,000. That’s approximately 2/3 of the entire App Store. The company’s CEO Christian Henschel spoke to Gigaom about their findings, saying that he believes it is “really tough for smaller, independent application developers” to be discovered in the current iOS App Store.
Christian Henschel states:
“The reality is there are only a couple of thousand apps that really make some kind of downloads. This is based on Apple’s closed system — it’s tough to discover those kinds of apps. You don’t have proper search, so the only way to discover new apps is through the top listing. If you’re not on those lists, it’s not sure that you’re being discovered by anyone else. The top 25 tend to be the same companies who spend millions of dollars to get to the top of those lists. If you’re an independent, small app publisher, then it’s really tough to be discovered.”
Apple announced in June that there had been a total of 30 billion downloads from the iOS App Store, and that $5 billion had been paid out to the App developers. If exposure had been made available to these ‘Zombie Apps’, then perhaps the total number of downloads would be higher, along with the payout.
Apple has reportedly been working continuously behind the scenes to improve the discovery of content on the App Store. Earlier this year, Apple bought Chomp, a search engine for mobile applications. The price had not been disclosed, but it had been reported by Bloomberg that the Curpertino, California-based company paid about $50 million USD for Chomp. It expected that this acquisition is going to enhance the discovery of new applications and content on the App Store.
AppTrace has many competitors, with the likes of Keen.io and Count.ly, except AppTrace is trying to take a different approach. AppTrace is, so far, easy to use, and has an aesthetically-pleasing interface. They claim to be faster, more comprehensive and better sourced, with data being refreshed every six hours at the latest.
Henschel goes on to comment about his new release:
“We’re not only measuring success within the app, but also within the ecosystem. We will also soon be launching a feature where you can compare apps against each other, which is something that’s not available at the moment.”
This certainly seems promising for current and upcoming app developers. At least we can see that the issues with application promotion have been addressed, and are slowly, but surely, being dealt with. I am no developer myself, but even I can see the use for these new features – I’m especially looking forward to the integration of Chomp. Do you guys feel that this has been a worthwhile investment?…Read More
Well that was quick. Hot off the announcement of iCloud and iOS 5 the AppStore has had a small makeover and you can now view your purchased content and re-download them to your device(s).…Read More
Hot on the heels of GarageBand for iPad, we’ve also found iMovie for the iPad 2 is also available: here’s the link. Existing owners of iMovie for iPhone don’t need to re-purchase, this is now a universal binary provided as a free update. For everyone else, it’s a mere $6.49. Yes, we know the iPad 2 isn’t even out yet but there’s no harm in starting your collection early! NOTE: This does not work on the original iPad, not even for editing existing movies.…Read More
Just a very quick heads up to say that GarageBand for iPad is live on the NZ App Store right now for $6.49. You won’t find it via search (at time of writing this), but here’s the link. Remember: despite this being announced at the iPad 2 launch it is also compatible with the first-gen iPad, so go get it and start making that sweet, sweet music!…Read More
We have today learned that the description for our latest app, which includes information about why we are charging for the app, violates Apple’s Terms and Conditions and must be changed. Pathetic.…Read More
The iPad App Store has recently undergone some changes allowing you to apply filters to searches. We didn’t post about those here at iPhonewzealand, but a lot of other tech blogs did. Last night, however, I discovered that with these changes has come another brand new feature for the iPad’s App Store: if you have previously bought an app but don’t currently have it installed on your device, the purchase button will now say ‘Install’ for that app, rather than its price. How is this helpful? Keep reading.…Read More