Leaving the Microsoft Windows App Store….

15 Nov
2018

As of today, my apps that were available on the Windows app store, will no longer be available. I also don’t currently plan on releasing any new apps on that app store in the future, but that’s subject to change depending on different factors. One of the main reasons why I’ve come to this conclusion is because of the low amount of downloads I get on the Windows app store. When it comes to downloads, most of mine come from the Apple app store, followed by Amazon, then Google Play, and then at the very bottom is the Windows app store. I’m an indie developer that works on all aspects of my apps myself, from the beginning of creation to the publishing, marketing, customer service, and upkeep. So I honestly don’t have much time to spread myself across four app stores, and it doesn’t make sense to spend time on an app store that I don’t get much traction on. Not only does it take time to make a port for a different app stores operating system, but there’s also the act of making assets, publishing, and updating when needed or when adding new features or content.

I’ve been planning on exiting the Windows app store for the past few months, but one thing that pushed me to do this sooner than later is because Window recently unpublished some of my apps because a low active presence on their app store. Their official report stated that the reason these apps were unpublished was “App Policy 10.1.4 Active Presence – Apps must have an active presence in the Store. When determining “active presence”, Microsoft looks for factors including but not limited to: acquisitions rate, update frequency, and adoption of new platform features/capabilities.” I think it’s ridiculous that they would remove apps for these reasons and after I quick search online I discovered I definitely wasn’t the only developer that this has happened to. The only time I would have updated an app on Windows is if it had somehow became broken or inoperable because of a Windows update or device interference. There were times when I updated the Apple and Android(Amazon & Google Play) versions of some of my apps with new features and/or performance improvements but skipped the Windows version. However, since they weren’t ever broken or had crashing issues I would consider that a good thing overall and keep apps with those criteria available. I highly doubt they checked the other versions of apps to see what they consisted of in comparison to the Windows version, but who knows maybe they did randomly.

Well anyhow, I was planning on exiting Windows so now it’s official. It was a neat experience overall at times, Microsoft customer service was quick & effective the few times I was in contact with them and they had some neat promotions and incentives during the beginning of their push for app store growth. Also my app Jumbo Egg Hunt reached the top 100 paid download section in the Windows app store so that was great. I do think Microsoft have made some neat products with some of the Windows phones and with the Surface tablets. However it seems Apple and Android are the majority owners of the smartphone market and also the tablet market with Amazon as well. I don’t notice many people with Windows mobile devices or being advocates for them. Windows Phones have been unsupported and discontinued by Microsoft too, but they’re till trying to grow the Surface tablets. I’ve never seen nearly as much hype behind Windows phones and tablets as I do for iPhones, iPads, Google Pixel phones, Kindle Fire tablets, and Android phones made by Samsung & LG, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Overall it was nice having some of my apps available to Windows users all around the world, and Microsoft is a big company that has made a grand impact in technology so I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a part of their mobile app story. In conclusion, my apps are still of course available on the Apple, Amazon, & Google Play app stores and I don’t plan on leaving any of those areas anytime soon  so be sure to check my apps out on those app stores. Take care!

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New Amazon Alexa Skills now available!

8 Nov
2018

This Jesus Said skill features a large assortment of verses from Jesus in the Bible. Features verses from the books of Matthew, John, Luke, Mark, Revelation & more. In certain editions of the Holy Bible these would be also known as the “red text” which is believed to be the words spoken by Jesus. The verses within this skill were pulled from the King James version of the Bible. Take care! Enjoy!

 

 

This Alexa edition version of the highly downloaded Quiz of Medicine & RX Quiz of Pharmacy apps focuses on indications for the top 100 drugs in the United States. Within this skill are questions that ask the user which medicine is used for a particular indication(s). After each question the skill presents you with four possible answers, with one of the answers being correct. Simply reply to the question at any time with the answer number that you think is correct. Quiz of Medicine Indications is a neat & quick educational drug indications trivia game that features questions for the top 100 drugs used in the United States. It’s for pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, nurses, doctors, and anyone else who’s interested in furthering and/or refreshing their knowledge of which medicines are used for specific indications. Enjoy! Take care!

 

 

New Release: Quiz of Finance & Investing Definition – Amazon Alexa Skill

22 Oct
2018

This voice edition of the highly downloaded Quiz of Finance & Investing mobile app is a condensed version that focuses on definitions for terms used in personal & business finance, investing, and economics. The skill is set up with a questions in the form of definitions, and then proceeds each question with four different answer choices. To play simply say the number of the answer that matches the definition. Each game consists of five questions which can be used for a quick trivia session for whenever you feel like learning new information, refreshing yourself with information you’ve learned before, and also to retain information that you’re already aware of. 

This skill is targeted towards stock traders, investors, students in high school & college majoring in accounting, finance, entrepreneurship and other related fields, financial analysts, advisors and other finance professionals, accountants and other accounting professionals, economists, entrepreneurs, and anybody else with an interest in finance, accounting, or the economy.

The Quiz of Finance & Investing Definitions skill was developed and designed by a finance graduate who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Finance with a minor in Economics from one of the best business schools in America. 

For more questions and categories check out my mobile app, Quiz of Finance & Investing.

8-Bit Avrin’s Back to School Apps

2 Aug
2018

One of my main goals as an app developer & designer is to create great well designed unique educational apps, that can be used as tools to learn new material and refresh known knowledge. On the banner above and listed below are my current educational apps. All of them are available on the Apple, Amazon, & Google Play app stores. Some of them are also available on the Windows app store. (All of the Word Owl’s Word Search apps feature specific sight words for each grade level.)

Word Owl’s Word Search Kindergarten

Word Owl’s Word Search 1st Grade

Word Owl’s Word Search 2nd Grade

Word Owl’s Word Search 3rd Grade

Crunchy Numbers Math Arcade

Professor Piggy Bank

Quiz of Medicine

RX Quiz of Pharmacy

Quiz of Finance and Investing

My App Bundles on the iOS Apple App Store

20 Jul
2018

Super Epic Sound Effects Soundboard Bundle

Four awesome soundboard apps in one bundle at a discount price! Thousands of high quality sound effects in the palm of your hand! You will be the sound effects king or queen!

 

Halloween Words & Christmas Words Holiday Word Search Kid Safe Fun Bundle

A great 2 for 1 bundle deal that includes both Word Owl’s Word Search Halloween and Christmas Editions! Both of these apps are great for all ages.

 

Word Owl’s Word Search Classroom Bundle

Word Owl’s Word Search apps are neat, big, educational & colorful word search games for kids of various ages. These apps feature popular sight words that account for a large percentage of the words used in literature for children at each grade level.

 

Happy Holiday App Bundle

The Happy Holiday bundle features four great apps for the holiday season. With this bundle you can have some fun, exercise your brain, test your visual abilities, and relax!

 

This is just a quick post showcasing my app bundles that are currently available on the Apple App Store. If app bundling was available on the other app stores I’m on I would have these there as well, but currently Apple is the only App Store that gives developers & publishers the ability to bundle apps together at a discounted price. All of the bundles above are available at a discounted rate when compared to buying the apps included separately. As per usual with all of my apps, none of these require a login or data connection to use.

Light Up The Tree 2.0 Update

11 Jun
2018

(Available on the Apple, Amazon, & Google Play App Stores)

 

A Christmas app update in….June?!? Why not?
Graphics update!
New tree and new lights!
Also, performance improvements and optimizations. Enjoy!

 

Previous tree graphic was a public domain image and the lights were created by me. New tree and lights graphics were both created by me with a goal in mind to be minimalist, bold, & practical. Happy with the outcome.

 

New Release: Quiz of Medicine Brands & Generics (Top 100 Drugs) – Amazon Echo Alexa Skill

4 Jun
2018

This voice edition of the highly downloaded Quiz of Medicine app is a condensed version that focuses on the top 100 drugs in the United States. Within this skill are questions that ask the user what the brand name is of a specific generic medication. After each question the skill presents you with four possible answers, with one of the answers being correct. Simply reply to the question at any time with the answer number that you think is correct. Quiz of Medicine Voice Edition is a neat & quick educational drug name trivia game that features over one hundred authentic questions. It’s for pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, nurses, doctors, and anyone else who’s interested in furthering and/or refreshing their knowledge of brand & generic names. Enjoy! Take care!

(If this skill is received well, there may be an update later to include indication questions for the top 100 drugs as well 😉

Chinatown Fortune Cookie App 2.2 Update

15 Apr
2018

√ More fortunes added

√ Fixed issue of possible duplicate lucky numbers

√ Removed an ad provider that displayed intrusive ads

Available on the Apple App Store amazonappstore-black_badge_updatedAvailable on Google Play

 

 

(Paid version without ads available on Apple & Amazon)