Co-Founder and COO Sebastien Borget of Pixowl graciously gave us a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk about current projects they are working on along with his thoughts on the mobile development landscape.
One of the most intriguing stories to come across the news feeds recently is that of Dong Nguyen, the developer behind the runaway hit Flappy Bird. This immensely popular game, which was the number one downloaded free app in both the Apple App Store and Google Play for nearly a month, reportedly generated up to $50,000 a day in revenue from in-app advertising. Not too bad of a payday for an indie developer who apparently made the game in less than a week in his spare time.
A new study out from Distimo this week, who made the report in partnership with Wandoujia, a leading mobile content search engine for Android users in China, authoritatively concludes that Asia is now the world’s top marketplace for apps, and that by a large margin when compared to other markets. Revenue year over year from 2012 to 2013 rose by 162%, with much of that coming from Google Play. Compared to the Apple App Store, Google Play’s growth quadrupled in 2013, while Apple grew by 94% in total revenue for iPhone apps, 64% for iPad apps.
Android developers who want to have their apps discovered more effectively in Google Play will be glad to know that the curation team behind the popular app store have basically the same goals in mind. A recent video from Koh Kim and Dan Galpin, both who work as developer advocates for Google, talked about several ways that developers can make their apps more accessible and engaging to users, thereby increasing installs, revenue, and authority.
The top Android apps of 2013 have been put together by Google Play users, with more than one million votes cast in the first annual Players’ Choice: Top Google Play Apps and Games poll. There were several unique categories in these user-submitted picks, included Old School Still Cool, Best Game Based on a Movie, and even a write-in category, where players took the time to write and tell Google Play about their favorite app.
A recent report from mobile app statistics clearinghouse App Annie revealed that Japan is now the largest app market in the world, outpacing the United States. Combined sales generated from sales in Google Play and the Apple Store beat out the U.S.; in addition, their findings show that users are spending three times as much money on apps as South Korean app buyers.
If you’re a developer making apps, then you probably already know about Google Play, an Android app store where hundreds of thousands of apps are curated and discovered by users all over the world. As a developer at Google Play, getting users to discover, install, and engage with your app is the main goal in mind.
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