quote: ...people think having a million "apps" available for their phone is a good thing. Like it's indicative of something important, or even useful.
quote: There's only a handful of apps any given person is ever going to be interested in outside of what came on their phone. The rest are superfluous. And are probably all variations of fart jokes anyway.
quote: It's another misguided appeal to popularity..."but there's a billion apps for this phone! It has to be good!" - "but there's a billion Justin Bieber fans! He has to be good!
quote: Maybe - but no having apps or having a tiny number is indicative of a problem and will be seen as a product weakness by consumers.
quote: That's a lot of apps and if people didn't need them or like or if they were useless do you really think they would keep buying them in that number?
quote: Developers are in it for the money....
quote: The success of such things is in no way indicative of any virtue. It's indicative of the failures of the consumer base.
quote: toman on April 5, 2011 at 1:43 PMquote:Maybe - but no having apps or having a tiny number is indicative of a problem and will be seen as a product weakness by consumers....that's because consumers are gullible and easily mislead by marketing BS. And then they buy Bose, Apple, and Monster Cable products.quote:That's a lot of apps and if people didn't need them or like or if they were useless do you really think they would keep buying them in that number?Yes. See above.quote:Developers are in it for the money....Of course they are. And no one ever goes broke with a business model that depends on consumers being gullible and easily swayed by marketing BS. See above.The success of such things is in no way indicative of any virtue. It's indicative of the failures of the consumer base.
quote: I agree that developer earnings is an important metric, but the data in your linked article doesn't support that or - really - anything relevant. The only thing it does support is that one app, by one developer, made more money on the iPhone over a random 30 day period than it did on two other platforms. It's like saying: "I got in six car accidents last year. So, most people must get in six car accidents a year."This data could mean quite a few different things. Right off the top of my head, it could mean things like: there's a great competing app for free on Android, the guy doesn't understand monetization on the Android platform, he got featured on iTunes. Who knows? Without additional data, you really can't say.I really hope you don't do any kind of analysis work...
quote: Despite 861.5 Percent Growth, Android Market Revenues Remain PunyYou read the headline “Android Market grows a staggering 861.5 per cent”, and you think, “Wow, Android is really on a tear.” But then you look at the fine print, and you realize that Android Market revenues are still barely registering, and that the only reason they grew so much in 2010 was because in 2009 they were nearly non-existent.According to a chart making the rounds from UK-based research firm IHS, Android Market revenues in 2010 came in at an estimated $102 million, up from $11 million the year before.And how did that compare to revenues from Apple’s App Store? Apple App Store revenues came in at an estimated $1.7 billion in 2010, almost 20 times bigger than Android. And Apple App Store revenue grew at a not-too-shabby 131.9 percent rate. More importantly, Apple accounts for 83 percent of the total estimated app store revenues.It’s great that Android app store revenues are growing so fast, but whenever you see such sky-high numbers, be sure to look at what is the base they are growing from. Android will have to keep growing at astounding rates for a few more years simply to catch up to where Apple’s App Store is today.If you are an app developer trying to make money, you still really don’t have much of a choice about where to put your apps. No wonder Apple feels like it can treat app developers any way it wants, and take an increasing percentage of their revenues.
quote: And Apple App Store revenue grew at a not-too-shabby 131.9 percent rate.