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Google I/O week is a time in which we’re always promised a bunch of news from everyone’s favourite Mountain View-based company. While some rumoured announcements, especially in regards to hardware, failed to show, the week was still filled with a whole host of interesting Android news. Let’s jump in and take a look! (more…)

If you have been following Android.Appstorm over the past couple of months, you must have noticed that we feel very strongly about Android tablets, and specifically Android tablet apps. We cried out to Google asking them to get serious about tablet-optimized apps discoverability in the Play Store, several writers on our team have rounded up tablet apps in a multitude of categories, and I personally maintain numerous Playboard channels axed towards spotlighting the best tablet-optimized apps.

Suffice it to say that tablet app discovery has been a personal cause for us, for the simple reason that we know there are thousands of excellent options out there, but Google had failed to make them visible which in turn had everyone thinking there aren’t any. So you can imagine how elated we were to see Google at I/O introducing new features that focus on tablet apps discovery, from a developer and a user standpoint. While the announcements weren’t the most impressive out of the I/O keynote, and they should have come a year ago, they do mean a lot to us at Android.Appstorm that we can’t help but make a stop to explain to you why you need to get excited.


This week, the Android Developers site got an impressive update with a stylish new look and a reorganized layout to display their new guide on how to design, developer and distribute Android apps. The site now supports developers a lot better and goes into even further detail on the different aspects of app development.

I think the new look definitely gives away some signs of what Google believes to be most important. Upon first visiting the site you see a very striking image accompanied by the text, Make your Android apps look great.


I have seen countless applications released on Android months or even years later than on iOS. This seems to be a strange choice for the developers to take, as statistics show that it may actually harm their profits. In this article I will discuss my views, and share the evidence that supports them.


It’s no secret that I love Android. As soon as it was announced, I fell in love with it and was sure it would be better than the iPhone. One of the reasons I love Android so much is the ease of developing on the platform. It’s why I switched from Blackberry, it’s why I keep buying Android powered devices, and it’s why I won’t switch to the iPhone.


As users of Android we get a lot of brilliant apps and ROMs for free, but even so, I don’t think we should skimp on all levels of payment. There are many simple yet helpful ways we can give thanks to developers.

Following on from my previous post on how we can support our fellow Android users, this post is by no means the definite list of ways to support Android Developers, in fact I implore you to help us all come up with some other ways, but it’s a good start! (more…)

We’ve heard a lot about Android’s popularity; it’s a machine that’s clearly outpacing its rivals like Apple’s iOS… in market share. It seems that, although Android is super popular and great at attracting customers, it loses support from other parties that are vital to the success of the OS, like developers.

Why does Android have such a hard time winning over developers? More importantly, how can they win over the developers? Well, let’s take a quick look at the state of Android for developers right now. (more…)

Earlier this week, Android app developer ShiftyJelly (creators of Pocket Casts, which we’re reviewing at the moment) published a post titled “Amazon App Store: Rotten to the Core“.

The story spread around the Internet largely due to one statistic:

That’s right, Amazon gave away 101,491 copies of our app! At this point, we had a few seconds of excitement as well, had we mis-read the email and really earned $54,800 in one day? We would have done if our public agreement was in place, but we can now confirm that thanks to Amazon’s secret back-door deals, we made $0 on that day. That’s right, over 100,000 apps given away, $0 made.

I’ve seen some blogs report that Amazon claimed it gave all developers of such “Free Apps of the Day” 20% of their usual sale price per giveaway, while actually giving Shifty Jelly nothing, but that’s not the true story; Shifty Jelly did know in advance that Amazon wouldn’t give them a single cent, and had the option not to give Pocket Casts away as a Free App of the Day.

No, Shifty Jelly was actually calling Amazon out for allowing the public to think that they’d be somehow helping the developers out by downloading their free apps; for their lengthy review times (it takes up to two weeks to get a new update approved); for being able to change the sale price of the app at any time; and for being generally underhanded.

So, boo hiss to big bully Amazon, right? Well… not exactly. The terms of service that developers agree to when they sign up allow Amazon to do all of these things, and Amazon do let the developers know that they won’t make any cash from participating in their promotion, even if they don’t shout that fact from the rooftops to the public. Plus, it’s an alternative Market; it’s not like it’s the only place for developers to sell their apps.

Developers are already weighing in on this issue elsewhere, but I want to know what customers think. Does this behavior put you off buying apps from Amazon? Vote in the poll, and let me know what you think in the comments.

The IGDA (International Game Developers Association) has warned Android game developers about Amazon’s Appstore, telling them to read Amazon’s terms carefully. They have been told to “educate themselves on the pros and cons of submitting content to Amazon”.

In their “important advisory“, the IGDA’s main concern is over the payment terms with Amazon. Amazon pays developers “the greater of 70% of purchase price or 20% of list price”. For reference, Amazon does not allow developers to set list prices in the way they can on other marketplaces. Like other Amazon-sold products, from TVs to toasters, the list price is set by Amazon. (more…)