I’ve found a very interesting theme tonight while perusing Quora.com It seems that cross-platform app developers feel that android users only install free apps. Is that true? And if so, how can Google change that?
Recently right before the holiday season I bought a lot of productivity apps from the android market. After that I purchased many games that were on sell. Finally after buying music from google I proceeded to buy more apps related to music production. Am I the typical Android user? Hardly, but was I the only one buying apps last year?
The only pure incentive I’ve found for buying apps is if you upgraded from a smart phone to a Tablet with Android 3.0 on it. Most companies hurriedly created two versions: One for Android 2.3 and lower and one for Android 3.0 in “HD” or “Tablet Format”. Did that create more sells?
How will Android 4.0 affect/effect the app economy? Developers are now empowered/forced to use new tools to create a more beautiful app with more options. Will that make users buy more apps? Are we really concerned with how well they look or with how well they work?
The other question is, is having in app ads making up for the “free app” label?
I don’t know but here are a few points others have mentioned on Quora:
It’s not like that you won’t find good apps on android, but yes compared to iOS, there are only few good apps on marketplace.
Few of reasons behind it:
- Android eco system
- Marketplace is open. There’s no/hardly authentication of apps been uploaded (whereas, Appstore is pretty much focused on their terms and rejects apps if they find any issues)
- As Michael right mentioned, earlier there was no UI guideline from Google
- Since Android is booming, everyone interested in getting app on android, without focusing user experience and app quality
- Return on investment – let’s be honest. “Android users love free apps!” and so you don’t get enough return on your investments; which leads to poor estimation, less efforts, concentration in designing and coding.