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Q2 2014 app stats: Google Play improves all around, still trails iOS in revenue

Posted by wicked July - 20 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Q2 of 2014 is in the books and that means it’s time to look back at the app stats and see how well the Google Play Store did over the last three months. More importantly, we’ll take a look and see how it fared against the rival iOS in terms of downloads and revenue. Let’s get started.

1. Downloads

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The stats
According to App Annie’s latest numbers, the Google Play Store increased its download numbers by 60% from Q1 of 2014 while iOS saw a 45% increase of theirs. The Google Play Store is up over 150 million downloads while iOS is hovering around 100 million.
The takeaway
Google has increased their lead over iOS in terms of downloads. App Annie attributes this to the explosive growth of emerging markets. More specifically, Thailand, Brazil, and India are largely responsible for the growth which shows that Android is doing better in emerging markets.

2. Revenue

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The stats
Unfortunately, Google’s explosive download growth has not translated to the same amount of revenue growth. As per the norm, iOS continues to dominate the Google Play Store in overall revenue with about 80% more revenue than Google Play. iOS revenue is up about 45% from last quarter and has just over $100 million in total revenue while Google Play saw over 30% growth and around $60 million in total revenue.
The takeaway
Even though iOS actually expanded their advantage over Google Play in this category, the important stat is that both markets grew over 30% from last quarter. This means the emerging markets that have fueled Google’s growth in terms of downloads have also contributed greatly to their growth in revenue. Both Apple and Google garnered considerable revenue from Asia (namely Japan) but Apple ultimately ended up with the advantage thanks to their dominance in China.

3. Top countries: Downloads

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The stats
The top five countries that contributed to Google Play’s downloads in Q2 2014 were the United States, Brazil, India, Russia, and South Korea.
The takeaway
Brazil and India have gone from emerging markets to download juggernauts in the Google Play ecosystem. Brazil holds its spot at number two but India has shown a surge of growth that has put them back at number three. You may be wondering why we didn’t post the iOS numbers and that’s because they’re identical to what they were last quarter. And last year, for that matter.

4. Top countries: Revenue

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The stats
The top five countries that contributed to Google Play’s revenue are Japan, the United States, South Korea, Germany, and Taiwan.
The takeaway
Despite having very strong numbers in emerging markets, we see just how small of an impact the download surge has had on revenue. Despite seeing what amounts to a renaissance in app downloads in Brazil and India, neither country made a blip in the top five in revenue. At a glance this may be alarming but with emerging markets, the revenue will come over time rather than suddenly. It is worth noting that Taiwan is new to the top five and that Japan managed to make it to number one on this list despite not making a blip on the downloads chart. Again, we didn’t include iOS stats here because they’re exactly identical to last quarter and last year.

5. Top app categories: Downloads

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The stats
The top categories in terms of downloads in the Google Play Store were games, tools, communication, entertainment, and social.
The takeaway
There isn’t much to take away here. These stats are pretty much the same from last quarter with tools and communications switching places. There really isn’t anything here that doesn’t make any sense.

6. Top app categories: Revenue

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The stats
The top categories in terms of revenue in the Google Play Store were games, communication, social, tools, and travel & local.
The takeaway
Once again, there isn’t much to takeaway here. These are the categories where people are spending the most money. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that games is in the top spot.

7. Key takeaways

Here are a few of the big takeaways for the Q2 app stats.

  1. Both Google Play and iOS improved dramatically in app downloads from Q1 2014.
  2. Consequently, both Google Play and iOS improved dramatically in app revenue from Q1 2014.
  3. Google Play outpaced iOS in downloads while iOS outpaced Google Play in revenue. This is nothing new.
  4. Brazil, India, and Thailand are top dogs in the emerging market game with Indonesia and Vietnam not far behind.
  5. Games contribute the most to revenue and downloads on both Android and iOS.
  6. Japan is outpacing everyone in revenue growth on both iOS and Android.
  7. With Google introducing Android One later this year and focusing more on emerging markets, it’s clear that Google wants to put the emerging markets on the forefront of their growth efforts. Thus, we can expect countries like Brazil, India, and Indonesia to continue to grow by leaps and bounds.

There is still half of the year left to go and the all-important holiday season is still on the horizon. It’ll be interesting to see how everything pans out come Q1 2015.

Noded: Smart Timeline Calendar – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

What is Noded?

Noded is an application that kind of mashes up calendar, to-do list, task list, and note taking functionality into a premise all its own. In Noded you view everything as a timeline and you add tasks, events, notes, etc. Each event shows up accordingly on the time line based on when it is which gives you a really simple and easy way to see what needs done and what is coming up.

Events are positioned in descended order with the events that are furthest in the future at the top and the events that are closest to the present at the bottom. This was an interesting set up choice as you have to scroll down to the bottom to see things happening now but the app usually does a good job at holding your spot between uses so you don’t have to scroll through a long list to get to where you were.

You can assign days to each event along with times but as far as calendar functionality goes, that’s about all you get. There is also a designation for “whenever” that sites permanently at the bottom of the list. This is a good place for general notes if you don’t need them done at a specific time. There is also a theme engine that allows you to customize your own primary, secondary, and background colors but you have to buy the premium version of the app for $0.99USD in order to get that functionality. We also noted a distinct lack of reminder notifications and there are no widget options so you can only use the app.

Using this as a to-do list or a task list is a matter of imagination more than having actual functionality. You just add nodes to the app for your task then delete them when you’re done. That’s the feeling one gets fairly frequently with this application. There aren’t many specific features but the freedom and layout of the app lends it to a number of uses and we both liked and disliked that. We liked it because those who prefer a more free form workflow will enjoy this app. We disliked it because people who need more features aren’t going to find much here for them.

noded review

There should be more timeline calendar apps like this.

PROS
  • Interesting time line concept works well for casual users.
  • Make-your-own-theme is fun.
  • Free to use with IAPs for extra features.
  • No Google Calendar which is nice if you don’t want to be tied into Google Calendar.
CONS
  • Could use more task and calendar features.
  • No Google Calendar integration which is lame if you use Google Calendar.
  • A little buggy from time to time.

6.5

Overall, this is an interesting application. It’s definitely faster than flinging through a calendar but we feel like business users will want to stick with the more feature-heavy, true-blue calendar apps rather than switch to this. For casual users, this is more than good enough and it’s free to use.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


It’s Friday which means it’s time for another Google Play Weekly! In this week’s episode we talk about Android L stuff making its way into Nova Launcher. As part of Google’s Wednesday update, Google Wallet got updated and brings it a few big new features. You can now make your Android Wear watch face look like it’s something out of Star Trek. Google Play Music has begun rolling out to six new countries. Rumors have begun circulating that Amazon Instant Video will be coming to Android proper very soon. Now here are five Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week.


commandr android appsCommandr

[Price: Free]
Yes friends Commandr is back here on the Google Play Weekly show and it’s because of a big update that makes it even better. Using the Accessibility APIs that Google provides, the Commandr devs have updated their app to work offline and you don’t have to use the phrase “take a note” anymore. That means using Google Now, you can, with and without internet access, tell Google Now to simply turn Bluetooth, WiFi, etc on or off and it will do just that.
Get it on Google Play


Google Chrome - android appsChrome Browser

[Price: Free]
Google Chrome for Android got an update this last week as part of Google’s update Wednesday. It’s rolling out in stages but the update includes the return of Doodles to the new tab page, various bug fixes and performance improvements, and a couple of security fixes including omnibox spoofing and same origin policy bypass fixes. More secure is more awesome.
Get it on Google Play


Android Wear Android appsWear Camera Remote

[Price: Free]
This app is really cool. What it does is allow you to use your Android Wear device as a sort of viewfinder for your phone camera. Yes, this means it mirrors what your camera sees on the watch. The applications for this are limited only by imagination. One fun trick is to set up your phone to look at a pot of water and then you go back and watch TV using the watch to check and see if it’s boiling. It’s free and open source and you should check it out.
Get it on Google Play
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Android appsTimberman

[Price: Free / $0.99]
If you’re ready to hate life again then we recommend you try out Timberman. This is one of those easy-to-grasp-but-hard-master titles that is frustratingly addictive and difficult. It has already been likened to Flappy Bird in that regard even if the game play is really nothing like Flappy Bird. It’s free to play with ads but you can get rid of them for a buck (as an in app purchase) if you so choose.
Get it on Google Play


Wear Mini Launcher Android Wear Android appsWear Mini Launcher

[Price: Free]
Last and certainly not least is the Wear Mini Launcher app. By using this app you can have a standard app drawer on your smartwatch just like on your smartphone which is apparently something that isn’t a thing yet already. The only real complaint is that the hotspot for this app is the same as dismissing notifications but other than that, people seem to like it and it’s free.
Get it on Google Play
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Wrap up

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Balloons 3D live wallpaper – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked July - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

What is Balloons 3D live wallpaper?

Okay that’s probably a silly question to ask since the description is also in the title. Balloons 3D live wallpaper is a live wallpaper and within it are a number of 3D balloons. It features a very colorful backdrop and it does inspire a feeling of happiness and tranquility. It probably helps that some of the balloons have smiley faces on them and that’s awesome.

The live wallpaper is optimized for both tablets and phones so it doesn’t matter which device you’re using. On top of the smiley balloons, there are also blue skies, rainbows, and some puffy white clouds. It really is quite pleasant to look upon. Some people may find it juvenile and it may be more enjoyable for kids than some adults but if you like colorful things you’ll probably like this live wallpaper.

In the settings you can find some options to customize the wallpaper. You can add or remove the rainbow, determine how many balloons are on the screen, and how fast they fly. You can also activate gyroscope mode which will move the wallpaper when you move your phone. It may be disorienting for some but the effect is pretty fun. You can even configure the frames per second if you need to turn it down for older devices.

balloons 3d live wallpaper review

Don’t worry, be happy.

PROS
  • Totally free with advertisements. No IAPs.
  • Settings menu lets you configure pretty much all parts of the wallpaper.
  • Optimized for phones and tablets.
  • Excellent for kids.
CONS
  • We wish you could do more stuff like interact with the balloons. That would’ve been awesome.
  • Ads can be annoying but are quickly dismissed.

7.0

Overall this is a pretty fun little live wallpaper. The ads are a tad annoying but you only see them in the settings menu. It’s a great LWP for kids but some color-loving adults could find it enjoyable to look at too. We wish there were a few more features but all in all, not bad.

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How to Back up Android Smartphones Data to Computer (Sponsored)

Posted by wicked July - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off
How to Back up Android Smartphones Data to Computer (Sponsored)



You cannot overlook the importance to protect your personal files and data. Contingencies may occur to you without any prior notice. You need to access contacts, text messages, photos, and notes stored on your phone many times a day. For this reason, you need to backup your phone data. Creating a backup of data is… View Article

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Race Track 3D Preview. Battle one-on-one & take the track

Posted by wicked July - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off
Race Track 3D Preview - Car and Track Options



Race Track 3D Preview pits you in a one on one battle with another computer racer. Overtake them and win the race! Experience the precursor to a challenging 3D racer with excellent graphics and realistic feeling terrain. Price: Free Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S4 Content Rating: Low Maturity AndroidTapp.com Android Game Review: Pros & Cons: Pros… View Article

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Comet Collapse – simple to play & totally addictive

Posted by wicked July - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off
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Comet Collapse is a stellar casual adventure puzzle game to collapse all blocks to retrieve parts to build a space station needed to travel to stop an Earth shattering comet. It’s very addictive! Read this review to see why you’ll want to download it! Price: Free, Offers in-app purchases Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S4 Content Rating: Everyone… View Article

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Meet the Devs – Basel Sader

Posted by wicked July - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Developer interviews
Welcome back to our Meet the Devs segment! In this piece we take a little time to get to know the people who really make Android what it is today and that is the app developers. In this week’s developer interviews, we are talking to Moonbot Studios.

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Name: Basel Sader

Developer Name: Basel Sader

Country: Israel

Website: N/A

Google + Profile/Page: Basel Sader Google+

How many people on your team? 1

turbo words developer interviews

Apps

Turbo Words

Tell us about your company

My name is Basel Sader, I’m a 19 year old developer from Jerusalem. I graduated school in 2012, and started college in 2013 majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, minoring in Economics. I dropped out a year later and I started working on Turbo Words, the social word game.

What level of experience do you have with coding and development?

I have started coding around age 14 following a summer camp about programming. However I only got deep in coding and development July 2013, when I applied for an internship at a start-up in Ramallah as an Android Application Developer.

What languages do you know? How and where did you learn them?

I know Java, HTML, CSS, XML quite well. I know PHP, Javascript, JQuery at a moderate level. I have learnt the basics at MEET (Middle East Education through Technology), a 3 year summer camp that teaches computer languages and business amongst other things. And after that I worked on my own using online tutorials, buying books, etc to practice more and more.

What level of experience do you have with design?

I have little to no experience with design. The design for the game Turbo Words was made by a graphics design student.

What apps have you made?

I have made Turbo Words, a social and educational word game. At the start of the game, a player is given two letters (for example A + E). And they are then required to enter all the words they know that start with A and end with E in the given time (added, aided, add etc..). The default time is 60 seconds but the player can change it. At the end of the game, the player sees two lists: his own word, and all the words in the dictionary that start and end with the required letters. If the playing language is English, clicking on a word presents its definition and pronunciation. Players can choose to login with Facebook as well and challenge their Facebook friends to games. Online stats are available for each player.

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How do you monetize your apps?

I have ads on my apps through Google AdMob.

Do you consider yourself successful?

I can’t say that I am successful just yet, I still have a long long way ahead of me, and I’ve just barely crossed the first step. But I must say that I have high hopes and I’m looking forward to a successful journey.

Why did you choose Android? Do you develop for other platforms? What are the differences between them?

I chose Android mainly because I am very fluent in Java, and because most of the smartphones in the world today run on the Android OS. I do not develop for any other platform yet.

What are your favorite apps?

One of my favorite apps is Google Keep. It has so much functionality yet still manages to remain simple and easy to use.


We want to thank Basel for chatting with us in this week’s developer interviews! If you’re a developer and this looks like something you’d like to do, check out our Meet the Devs form! We look forward to hearing from you.

Find My Phone (Android Wear) – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked July - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

find my phone review

What is Find My Phone?

Find My Phone is an application designed for Android Wear. As the name implies, this is an application that will help you find your phone. Since your phone and your watch are connected and always in sync, this app takes advantage of that connection to ring your phone when you’ve lost it.

The interface is incredibly simple because really all this app does is ring your phone. On your phone or tablet you have a menu that lets you configure what kind of notifications you can set and how the phone responds when the app goes to find your phone. You can set notifications, ringtones, and even have your flashlight turn on if you prefer to help you find it in dark places. It’s worth noting that some features like custom ringtones and the flashlight feature are only available in the pro version which will run you $0.99USD as an in app purchase.

Since I don’t yet have an Android Wear device, I made our own Josh Vergara check it out and he can confirm that it does, in fact work. It’s very colorful and perhaps too much so for some people but the design is solid and everything appears to work as you would expect it to work. Thanks to the deep Google Now integration on Android Wear, you can also use voice commands to start the application on your phone. Simply say, “Okay Google, start Find My Phone.” The app will take care of the rest.

Find My Phone screenshot

Easy as can be, useful as can be.

PROS
  • Takes advantage of your Android phone and Android Wear device connection to help find your phone.
  • Google Now voice command to open the app works.
  • Various options for ringtones and you can even turn on your flashlight.
  • You can stop the alarm from your watch or your phone.
CONS
  • We’re sure there will be bugs for some people.
  • It’s very, very colorful which may annoy some people.

8.0

We are now just seeing Android Wear start to come out and that means this is one of the few apps available right now that can do this. For the time being, this is a must have app for any Android Wear owner because it allows you to find your phone using the connected device on your wrist instead of the old way which was using a web browser. Whether or not it’s worth the $0.99USD for the pro version is entirely at the mercy of your personal tastes but we can’t see a reason not to recommend that too. If you have Android Wear, you should have at least the free version of this too. At least until something better comes along.

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Now Browser (Material) – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

now browser review

What is Now Browser?

Now Browser is a Material Design themed browser for Android. It likes to boast being fast and small thanks to its simplicity. A lot of people have been talking about this application so we thought we would review it to see if it’s really everything everyone says that it is. There is a free version and a paid version that costs $0.99USD.

Now Browser comes with your basic set of browser tools. These include bookmarks, incognito mode, history, etc. You also have a couple of basic gesture controls at your disposal including the ability to go back by swiping to the left and forward by swiping to the right. You can also double tap sites to make them fit on screen, long press a tab to close it, and long press the back button to close the browser.

In terms of design, this isn’t Material Design. It’s themed like Material Design but it doesn’t actually have any of the UI features like the floating bubble on the bottom or the rich animations that come from selecting things or moving around. That was rather disappointing since Material Design is so in style right now.

On the plus side, the browser does actually browser rather efficiently. Sites generally loaded quickly as long as there wasn’t a video on them anywhere. When there was a video present it took a bit longer. Now Browser does support Flash and I was able to get videos to play in the web browser which is always a good sign. It boasts having a number of speed boosting features like JavaScript Acceleration but in order to try those out you’ll have to pay full price for the application.

About the only downside is that you don’t actually get to test out the features that you get in the paid version. Things like the web compression to save data and the JavaScript Acceleration require that you pay for the application before you can try them. The potential problem with this is that if these features don’t work or don’t improve your browsing experience in any meaningful way then you’ve essentially forked out a dollar for nothing. While we applaud the developer for having a free trial version with no time limit, the kinds of features you’re paying for will likely vary wildly based on the user. We’re not saying you shouldn’t buy it, but be aware that your mileage may vary greatly from the experiences of other people.

Now Browser review

It’s a browser that does browser things.

PROS
  • Flash support.
  • It has a few gesture controls that are actually useful.
  • Simple, lightweight browser that feels refreshingly clean.
  • It looks nice.
  • It has compression in place to help conserve data.
  • It’s a small file and doesn’t require a lot of system resources.
CONS
  • It’s not actually Material Design. Just themed like it. That was wildly disappointing.
  • It’s simplicity also means that there is a lack of rich features.
  • It’s a little rough around the edges in terms of stability.
  • The compression, JavaScript Acceleration, and the ability to open more than 4 tabs all requires the paid version.

5.5

The bottom line is that this is a browser and it does browser things.  There really isn’t anything wrong with it but there really isn’t much of anything that separates this one from the pack. What few features it has that may separate it from the pack will cost you money to explore and there’s no guarantee that they’ll improve your experience at all over the free version. It’s not bad, but it’s not amazing either.

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