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Top 8 Most Used Apps in 2013

8 Jan
2014

Well I’m going to begin my personal “Top 8” lists with the top 8 apps I used the most in 2013. My other top 8 lists will be for media that was released in 2013, but this app list won’t have a release date requirement. This list will not include any of my own apps because that wouldn’t be fair. If I did it would probably be filled with 8-Bit Avrin Apps because of testing time, and because they’re awesome. Anyways, here are my top 8 most used apps in 2013;

8. Rayman Jungle Run – I haven’t played a ton of them but it’s the second best endless runner mobile game I’ve ever played. Jetpack Joyride is still number 1, but I didn’t play it as much as this game in 2013. Great visuals with a sharp art style. Controls are simple and they work very well.

7. Wordament – I actually don’t play many mobile games, mainly due to lack of time. I usually play console games when I have time to play games at home. However, Wordament is a really neat app that I had fun jumping into when I had a few minutes to spare while waiting somewhere and etc.

6. MLS Matchday – This app helped me stay up to date with the happenings of this past Major League Soccer season. It’s also received a nice update that made it more functional.

5. Epocrates – Great health/medicine app. I also use it to help myself learn more about the medicine I’ve learned about in school.

4. Twitter – It’s the social media outlet I use the most and it’s an excellent source that I use to find interesting articles about technology, health, video games, finance, science, and etc. It’s received a few prominent updates that have moved it forwards, but also backwards a bit in some areas.

3. Clear – My favorite to-do list app. Neat, efficient and simple.

2. Camera + – Easily my favorite photo editing app. It’s also been improved greatly throughout last year with new updates.

1. Spotify – Great app that does what it needs to do. This free service lets me listen to a ton a different music without using up a ton of space on my phone. I use it in my car, in the gym, at work, at home, and etc.

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iOS 7 – Likes & Dislikes

22 Sep
2013

Like millions of other Apple device owners I eagerly updated my iPhone 4S to iOS 7 a few days ago. After exploring it some for the past few days and using my phone like normal I’ve discovered some things I like and dislike about iOS 7. Some of the things are major and some are minor. I develop apps so I had access to the betas a while ago, but I held off on updating my phone with any of them because it was certain that some of my apps could randomly crash because of one of the engines I use. However, there was nothing I could do about it on my end until the developers of that engine updated their software to function properly with iOS 7. So my biggest gripe with iOS 7 is the fact that several of my apps along with many others from different developers are crashing, but that’s a totally different issue. For this list I compiled I’m just focusing on the normal everyday user functions and elements I like and dislike about iOS 7. I’m an optimistic guy so lets start with the likes….

Likes

  • Control center (This feature comes up when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. It’s a neat way to quickly gain access to a few different controls, the calculator, and a flashlight.)
  • Notification center redesign (This feature comes up when you swipe down from the top of the screen. It was present in the last version of iOS, but its been redesigned and I like it more now.)
  • Bigger folders (You can now place more apps in a folder.)
  • Being able to edit which apps use cellular data. (Settings > Cellular > scroll down)
  • Swiping down to search
  • Subtle opening and closing animations (They’re minor and unnecessary, but I like them. I have an iPhone 4S and I haven’t noticed any lag due to them.)
  • Parallax motion effect (Another feature that’s unnecessary, but it looks neat sometimes. It can be turned off in the settings. Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion)
  • Safari webpage tabs (Additional tabs now show horizontally. You can also swipe a page to close it when viewing tabs.)
  • Images app (Videos are now also located in their own album in the Images app. An album like this could have been created before, but now all videos are automatically placed in this Videos album. The Images app now also has a section that summarizes your photos chronologically.)
  • Flat minimalistic design (I like the new flat minimalistic design of iOS 7 so I’m a fan of the new designs for the standard Apple apps icons and the apps themselves like Notes and the other ones listed below.  Also, if you think the text is too thin in some of the standard apps you can make it bold which I think improves the overall look. Settings > General > Accessibility > Bold Text. Simple color change options for the icons and app interfaces would have been nice too, but I didn’t expect that given Apples reputation.)
  • Notes app redesign
  • Calculator app redesign
  • Clock app redesign
  • Messages app redesign

Dislikes

  • Calendar (I like the aesthetic redesign, but not the overall functionality or lack thereof. Pressing on a day no longer shows the events at the bottom. Also, I don’t like the gray dots and not being able to edit their color or shape depending on the event entered. There’s more missing from the Calendar app but I’ll stop there. The calendar app needs help.)
  • Transparent folder design (Still not sure about this design choice. It made me change my background to a simple default gradient background instead of using pictures like I normally do. I think it only looks nice and streamlined if you have a simple background.)
  • Keyboard (The letters on the keyboard don’t change to reflect whether or not the shift button is pressed. I know the shift arrow changes, but it would be nice to know when the letters are capitalized or not.)
  • Background app refresh (This is a feature that will destroy your battery and it was automatically turned on after the update, but it can be turned off in the settings so it’s no big deal. Settings > General > Background App Refresh)
  • App Store design (Search results are still poorly implemented. Only one app is visible after a search and you have to continue swiping to see more apps. Search results should be displayed as a list or a grid.)
  • No new features overview (I was surprised there was no startup menu or something that went over some of the main new features in iOS 7. I was familiar with some of the features before updating to iOS 7 and I also pay attention to a few tech blogs, but there are many other people who probably had no idea what to expect with iOS 7 except for maybe the overall look redesign. Some people will read different articles to find out about different features, but a lot people might just go about their day and not realize that their phone has new features that they may find useful.)

As you see, the pros outnumber the cons for me, and the cons are mostly minor. Overall I like the iOS 7 update, especially the flat minimalistic design elements. The worse thing about iOS 7 is the app crashing situation that it brought on. The App Store search results display seriously needs to be changed though, but it first took a turn for the worse during iOS 6. As I continue to use iOS 7 on a daily basis I may run into more things that I like or dislike, and if they’re important enough I may update this list as needed.

My Top Downloads In 2012 & etc

5 Jan
2013

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2012 was an extremely busy year for me. I only develop apps part-time, when I have time. So I usually end up giving up sleep and/or my little leisure time in order to develop apps. I somehow ended up releasing ten apps throughout the year. One of those ten apps was a Spanish spin-off of my fortune cookie app, and one was a free version of one of my apps. However that still leaves 8 original “IPs”(intellectual properties), so yea that’s a lot of work.

I came up with the ideas for some of the apps in 2011 and towards the beginning of 2012. Some of the apps I developed happened kind of sporadically when ideas popped into my head throughout the year. I started development on Chinatown Fortune Cookie and Lightspeed Bit Bit in 2011, but development on the other eight started throughout the year. 2012 was a year of some success and also a bit of failure. One of the things I look into as I reflect back on 2012 are the amount of downloads I’ve received. Amazon & Apple turned out being the more successful app stores for me in 2012. We’ll see what the future holds for my apps on Google Play. Here’s the conclusions from some of the data I’ve gathered.

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Top 5 Countries That Downloaded My Apps in 2012:

  1. US

  2. UK

  3. Australia 

  4. Canada

  5. Mexico

(Countries that almost made # 5 – Germany & China)

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Top 3 Downloaded Paid Apps on Apple:

  1. Jumbo Egg Hunt

  2. Ultra Fortune Ball

  3. Lightspeed Bit Bit

(Sidenote: My two free apps on the iOS Apple App Store have received a ton a downloads, but I’m just considering paid apps for this list.)

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Top 3 Downloaded Paid Apps on Amazon:

  1. Jumbo Egg Hunt

  2. Raven’s Hidden Hollows

  3. Strike The Goal

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THANK YOU to everybody that’s downloaded any of my apps! It really brings a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart when my apps are downloaded. Developing apps isn’t easy, especially when you like to pay close attention to detail like I do. Also, thank you to the people who have helped spread the word about my apps in real life and on the Twitters with the retweets, mentions & etc. I’ve met several great people and fellow game devs through Twitter, so I’d like to give a little thanks to Twitter for being a neat tool for networking and marketing. I’ve learned how hard it is to market apps so every little bit counts. 

Also thank you to those of you that gave positive or constructive feedback. The majority of people who download my apps don’t leave reviews, but I’ll just take that as a compliment. People in general seem to be quicker to give negative reviews than positive ones, which is a shame, but oh well that’s the internet for you.

In 2013 I plan on releasing fewer apps, but they’ll be even higher in quality than some of my previous ones. I’m going to start concentrating more on my full-time career this year so I can do something I actually like at a company that I like and respect. It’s also important that I try to move my family to a better area, and it’s becoming increasingly important to me especially since I have a kiddo now. I want him to grow up and go to school in a better city than the one we currently live in and be surrounded by more opportunities. Also I really dislike this city, the cons outweigh the pros for me.

If developing apps becomes successful enough to become a full-time job than that’s great, but I’m not going to just automatically think that’s going to happen. When I first started developing apps it was just a hobby, but it eventually turned into a part-time adventure as well. I’m not ruling it becoming full-time out, but I’m not depending on that happening either. So I’ve got to dust off my degree, clean up my resume, and see what’s out there. However, I’m going to continue making time for app development. I’ve got several awesome ideas and I hope I’m able to bring some of them to life on phones & tablets throughout the world this year. If all goes well….. I’ll be releasing my first app of 2013 in a few weeks……..more details later……..OYE!