Development work in November was mostly devoted to working on the new finance app I’ve been working on & off with. I continued to gather and check information for different categories and arrange them in separate lists. I also decided on which exact categories to have in the app, which makes information compiling more productive. In December & January I’ll continue working with a large amount of data for this app. No guarantees, but I plan on releasing this app in the first or early second quarter of 2017. I’ll be reusing a lot of the code that I used in my Quiz of Medicine & RX Quiz of Pharmacy apps so that will save me a lot of time after completing the massive data section. I haven’t touched the design aspect of it yet so the timeframe of app completion will then depend on how quickly that progresses. I have a few rough ideas in mind on how I want it to look, but I want to complete the data portion before diving into design this time.
I ported Word Owl’s Word Search First Grade & Christmas editions to Google Play last month. With the release of great new devices, improvements to the developer console, a huge user base, and increasing download numbers for some of my apps, I’ve decided to focus more on the Google Play store. Apple iOS will still be my main target, and Amazon will stay at second in importance, but now Google Play will be a very strong third target for my apps. I already make an Android based build when I’m releasing an app on Amazon so when I make a build for Google Play I won’t have to change a lot. I won’t be releasing every one of my apps on Google Play because I still have some issues with the store, but going forward I will be focusing more energy there with new apps and possibly some of my older apps. Until next time ∞
Word Owl’s Word Search First Grade and Christmas editions are both now available on the Google Play app store! The Second Grade & Third Grade editions will also be available on that app store as well in the near future….
2013 was a year of great forward progress for my old and new apps. Some of my older apps received updates that improved their performance, and some of them received updates that added content and/or features. In 2013 I also went from being in three app stores to being in five by expanding into the Windows and Barnes & Noble app stores. My app development time in 2013 was all over the place. Porting apps to new app stores, updating apps with improvements, and developing new apps that were released in 2013. Definitely a busy and successful year.
2013 wasn’t by any means perfect though. I had a few set backs in development, and some of my apps didn’t perform as well as I thought they should. Marketing is still the hardest aspect to grasp in the mobile apps business for me. I still plan on concentrating mainly on the app itself though because if the app isn’t great it doesn’t matter much if the marketing is good. However, I did release some of my best apps ever in 2013, and some of them performed very well on some of the app stores. I’m very pleased with most of my new apps and the outcome of 2013 overall. I’m learning from mistakes I made as well as learning & thriving on the positive leaps and bounds I made. My development and design skills are continuing to improve greatly and they’ve shown through the apps I released in 2013 on the inside and outside.
Amazon and Apple continue to be the best outlets for my apps. However, things started off fairly bright on Windows and Barnes & Noble was definitely a nice addition for my apps. Below I’ll list the top 5 countries where I received the most downloads and my top 5 apps that were downloaded the most. As usual I won’t be posting any specific numbers because I don’t do that. I’m not rich though so don’t get that idea.
Top 5 Counties That Downloaded My Apps:
- United States
- United Kingdom
My Overall Top 5 Downloaded Apps:
- Jumbo Egg Hunt
- Jumbo Egg Hunt 2
- Professor Piggy Bank
- Raven’s Hidden Hollows
- Ultra Retro Game Soundboard
I’m planning & working on some great things for 2014 and beyond when time permits, and I can’t wait to share more info on them. I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who has downloaded any of my apps, and another big THANK YOU to the people in my life that have been supportive. I develop apps for you random people out there and because I have a bunch of ideas that pop in my head that I need to eventually get out. Have fun!
2012 Overview: https://8bitavrin.com/2013/01/05/my-top-downloads-in-2012-etc/
Word Owl’s Word Search is a neat, big, and colorful word search for children. This Kindergarten Edition of Word Owl’s Word Search features over 100 sight words for children in or around Kindergarten. These words have been gathered from numerous sight word lists provided by real Kindergarten classes in different schools. Help your kindergartener or soon to be kindergartener learn and retain several words while having fun!
√ Over 100 different sight words
√ 10 words to find per puzzle
√ Customizable letter and background colors
√ Sharp & colorful high quality graphics
(Sight words are commonly used words that children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words when they see them without having to use any distracting strategies. Sight words account for a large percentage of the words used in literature for children. One advantage for children being able to recognize sight words automatically is that the child will be able to identify the majority of words in a book before they even attempt to read it. When the child is able to do that they’ll be able to concentrate on the meaning and comprehension as they read without having to stop to figure out the actual word.)
Both of my Christmas holiday themed apps, Light Up The Tree! and Gift Wrap Difference, are now available on the Google Play app store! Light Up The Tree! is a festive tapping game where you have to turn on the Christmas tree lights and try to keep them on. It features three different game modes that also incorporate numbers & colors, which adds an educational element. Gift Wrap Difference is a spot the difference game filled with holiday joy. It features over 50 difference levels constructed from 20 different festive wrapping papers. Enjoy! Happy Holidays!
As of late last night, 8-Bit Avrin Apps, has expanded, to the Google Play AppStore! I’ve had my eye on the Google Play store for a while and I wanted to make sure it was going in the right direction before I jumped in. The store looks nice and the main devices themselves are continuously improving. I recently played around with the Nexus 7 and it’s a very nice tablet. Google is developer friendly and it doesn’t take long to update apps and make changes. The layout for the apps on their respective pages are also very nice. The search function for finding apps is also great, which makes sense because….hey….it’s Google, it’s in their electric veins.
Raven’s Hidden Hollows and Strike The Goal were published yesterday and are available for download. Lightspeed Bit Bit was published today and it’s also currently available for download. I plan on porting a couple more of my current apps over to Google Play soon. As far as future plans go, I’ll be releasing my apps/games on Google Play somewhat shortly after they’re released on the other markets. The prices for my apps will basically remain consistent throughout each app store.
Apple AppStore: check (2011). Amazon AppStore: check (early 2012). Google Play AppStore: check (yesterday!)
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