How are apps doing out there ?

My blog entries are very slow and that is mainly because I don’t know how to share, what to share, when to share. This could be also because how to write ?

Its now more than of 6 months since my first app on the iTunes was launched. It was Jain Darshan and I was thinking that it will do good but I wasn’t expecting that as a hit for me. Since 13th December 2010 (Date when, Jain Darshan went online on app store) I hardly remember a day when I didn’t kept track of app downloads. Reading app download count, looking at country statistics became my habit in last 6 months. Although I am not earning a decent money (blah !! not earning a single penny) from this free apps, it was interesting to see how many customers I am getting ? I was expecting to hit at least 1000 downloads in a year time frame and I must say that either,

  • I was underestimating iPhone/iPad/iPod touch eco system for apps. OR
  • I was having less faith in my products OR
  • I was completely off with my targets.

After looking at 6 months app download counts, I can say eco system for iPhone apps is having very large pool of users. Although app is targeting very tiny subset of people (its religious music and not everyone is interested out there) , it  is getting decent amount of hits. Free app approach is very easy to deploy and very effective to reach target audience. Good review is also helpful and definitely build reputation of your product. Infect good reviews are very crucial factor or driving force for any product to achieve success.

In this post, I want to roll out certain statistics for  app download counts in last 6 months and some very interesting statistics. Can you believe that,

  • Apps got almost 5000+ downloads in total(including JainDarshan and Bhagavad Gita-Live) since December 2010 to July 2011.
  • Highest number of users are located in India.
  • Countries like Kuwait, Iraq, Pakistan, UAE, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Romania were also giving lots of hits and downloads. I believe those are mainly because of certain app suggestion sites popular in those areas.
  • Almost all reviews (around 37) across globe earned 5 star, only one review is having 4 star. Also this 4 star is not because of bad quality but its because of a complaint for missing music. [BTW, I am working on it and that will be out very soon.]
  • I haven’t received a single crash log for either of these two products. These products are working seamlessly across all iOS.
  • There is not a single day in last 6 months where I have received 0 hit in a day. Infect, only one day out of last 180 days was having hit count in one digit.
  • Updates are also appreciated by users and there is no reverse trend for app reviews.
  • This tremendous success is achieved without even using any social media from my end. There is no promotion of content in any third party sites. [However, I am pushing one update to promote apps in social networks now]

At last, here are some interesting screen shots for app statistics.

Eclipse ADT Plugin and Android app development

I was using Android ADT Plug-in for android app development since last 6 months. It was a very frustrating experience for me when I was having trouble with just drag and drop functionality of a simple button in GUI designing. This was really blocking and I was down nervous about Android app creation. I was really progressing with iPhone app development but because of this bad tool, I was just not catching up in Android app developments.

I started looking at some other tools available on the web and then found ‘App Inventor’. Cool !! Really cool !!! Seriously, this is damn good tool for GUI designing. but then I started realizing that, its not a wise choice for advance programmers. Most of beginners will find themselves in love with this tool but its not offering any advance development options. What should I do with half cooked Android code with Eclipse. I don’t know how to import that or make compatible that with App Inventor. Also running that tool in browser pissed me off. Why Google is thinking everything and only thing about Internet browsers. I was again back to square one.

I was then looking for other tools, but no luck. Finally I thought about to update AVD Plug-in. And that was a boomer…. ADT, I was using was way old and I think, I disabled auto check feature in Eclipse and thus never realized that I was alone in the world using stone-age ADT and scolding android community. It was not the case. I installed ADT-11 in my Mac and that was a super fluid ride then afterwards. It was GUI rendering capability, I was complaint about in past and guess what that is first awesome thing I find is a good feature in this new version.

So, I am back on track now and focusing on Android versions of these products. Lets roll then ….

Delete annoying comments from blogs.

I am managing this blog with very ease, but most annoying thing in this management is lot of spam and trash comments. Ever since I enable comments for my blog, its’ been a headache for me to get rid of these junk comments. I found out 16000+ comments get accumulated since last 3 months in my blog. I finally decided to get rid of this menace. It was not only number of comments, which is a problem but it also occupies 85% of database disk space. If you are facing similar difficulty, here is a solution.
There is no way admin will rely on admin panel for this because Admin panel is of very few options. You need to delete them directly from the blog database. Here are the few tips to get rid of these comments from any blog management.

• Login into your database administration to modify your blog database tables.
• Identify comments table.
• Identify which are ‘Spam’ comments and which are already approved comments. You can include one test comment on your own and mark it as approved from admin panel. During this process you can monitor that comment status from database and identify data pattern for valid/invalid comments.
• Finally, delete all comments, which are spam and of no use.
Cheers !!!

‘Bhagavad Gita Live’ – A new app on the iTunes store

Its been a long time since I posted any of my blogs on the web. I have published my last note in December ’10, when I launched first product ‘Jain Darshan’. Since then, I was working very busy for couple of new applications. One of the variant of ‘Jain Darshan’ radio family is finally out on the iTunes and just hit its first download as on today. It is ‘Bhagavad Gita Live‘. A tool for listening various Hinduism mythological music in high definition radio over the air 24×7.

This app is not a challenge but it’s a more of a reusability with broader target audience. I contacted which encourage and empower these efforts. Initially I present them a very vague idea for getting copyrights of their music and content, but apparently it turned out a good multi-media tool for ‘Bhagavad Gita’. Team from don’t only provide the content copyrights but also helped me to make app better.

According to me, main USP of this app is its image collection. These images are of very high quality, content rich and represent very symbolic epic stories from ‘Bhagavad Gita’. One can enjoy this music and at a same time learn lots of new mythological stories.
Enjoy this app free from the iTunes store.