As app developers and business people in general, one of the biggest challenge we face is to make sure our products stay relevant. It is one thing to create an out-of-the-world awesometastic product, it is a different thing to get people to buy the product. I’ve seen countless Apps on the iTunes and Google Play Store that were just fucking – aahhhhh – well designed and well developed, but there they were just sitting there in the App Store Wasteland, generating little to none revenue for the poor App Developer. I can say this with confidence because I been on the receiving end of having my apps relegated to the wastelands.
Given the insane exponential surge in the number of Apps and App Developers over the past couple years, it has become virtually impossible to generate legitimate revenue from PAID Apps. Given so many alternatives out there, people simply don’t want to pay for Apps any more, especially when they can get the same features and functionalities for FREE. I’m not saying anything new here – that’s a proven fact. So many App Developers are going homeless these days because they quit their job in the hopes of making a Zukerberg-esque living from selling Apps and In-App-Purchases, only to find out that you have to spend twice as much on advertising and promotions, just to generate pennies on the dollar, which after you deduct the marketing expenses, results in negative net income. That’s the whole fuckery of the App business, and it takes a whole lotta guts to stay in the game despite all the failures. Take it from me, I’m currently living this reality myself.
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So recently I was at a tech conference where the guest speaker who shall not be named, introduced the idea of developing mobile apps using the Python Programming Language. At first I thought he was just trolling the audience, but after couple slides of his presentation, I was totally, completely, and utterly blown away. For all those not familiar with computer programming languages, I’ll sum up Python as such: The Easiest and The Most Efficient High Level Programming Language In The History of Computer Programming. OK, maybe that might be an exaggeration but you get the point. Python is super easy to learn and boasts an open-source library of user created packages that is second to none. The fact that one is now able to create mobile apps (iOS and Android) using Python is just freakin awesome. Continue reading
Today, no matter where you look, everyone is buzzing about the mysterious “Cloud”. There isn’t a commercial break that goes by without mentioning The Cloud, and how it can make your life more comfortable. Heck, they even made a movie that’s specifically dedicated to The Cloud – Sex Tape (2014) starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel.
Since I’ve already written a 1000+ Words blog post on the How and What of Cloud Computing, I won’t be getting into that here. Instead, I want to focus on The Best Cloud Hosting Services that both App Developers and Users can use to get the most out of their mobile devices.
As an App Developer, I’m constantly looking for new and better ways to improve the overall user experience, by offering only the best possible product; and the best way to accomplish this is by giving users the option to access their important data (files) from any device, and any Geological Location. 10 years ago, this idea might have seemed straight out of some Sci-Fi movie – but today, it is a reality. Technology has advanced to a point where just for a few dollars, users can access all their information and work files remotely, from any mobile device. As a matter of fact, forget the few dollars; many Cloud Hosting Services offer Free Online Storage of up to 15 GB – all you have to do is register an account and viola! You’re now part of the Cloud.
In this blog post, I’ll be attempting something that’s never been done before; or maybe it has and I just haven’t found a satisfactory answer to the Trillion Dollar question: iPhone Apps .vs. Android Apps – Which ones are better?
We have literally half the world, a generation of young and old folks divided in terms of which would they rather have – iOS Apps or Android Apps. I’ve tried Googling this question multiple times in hope of finding a definitive answer; and every time, I just ended up more confused and conflicted than when I started. The reason this question is so near and dear to my heart as an App Developer is because information is my most precious commodity – the more I know, the better decisions I can make, and the better my decisions, the better I can serve my end customers by offering the BEST available products and services. This exercise yields two results, and both are positive: (1) The customers are happy because they get the BEST Products. (2) I, as an App Developer, am happy because I’ve not just accomplished my goal of making my customers happy, I’ve also helped myself in the process as Happy Customers = More Sales. And I dare anyone to argue otherwise.
It’s that time of the year when things in the tech world start heating up a bit. Heavyweights like Apple, Google, Samsung, etc… introduce their latest line of awesome tech gadgets and software. Despite this, a vast majority of attention is focused on “What Will Apple Do?” – rightfully so; because Apple is the one that sets the tone and others follow. This year (2014), the buzz among App Developers is that Apple will be introducing the newest iteration of the iPhone – The iPhone 6.
Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been getting a lot of requests to develop a Screenshot App for iPhone; and although I love the idea, the fact is, you don’t need a separate App to take Screenshots on your iPhone. There’s already a feature built-in the iOS that allows users to take Screenshots of their iPhone screen within seconds. It’s really quite simple.
In case you haven’t noticed, we have recently added a Discussions – Forums – Questions and Answers section to App Store Download.
Users can now register and participate in active discussions with fellow Mobile users. Compared to other Forums, the App Store Download message board is more of a Q&A style, to make sure that the topics discussed are relevant/helpful to other users.
Ever since Samsung introduced the ‘Samsung Galaxy Gear’ Smartwatch, speculations and rumors have been flying all over the place about a possible ‘iWatch’ from Apple. Although I would love to see Apple develop a wearable Smartwatch, I think the world isn’t yet ready to fully embrace wearable smart devices.
Change is GOOD. But too much of it can lead to undesirable consequences.