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2020 Year in Review for my Mobile Apps, Alexa Skills, and Software Development

31 Jan
2021

Happy New Year folks! 2020 was a doozy for many people including myself. Regardless of how it went for you I hope you came out of it better than you were. Outside of app development there were definitely some hiccups throughout the year that pulled me down, but I persevered and continued to pull myself up. Unfortunately, some of the issues that happened outside of app creation led me to be less productive with my app creation, but I used some of that time to think, research, & progress which was helpful. This was the year I was planning to start my separate app company outside of 8-Bit Avrin Apps and have at least one app released under it. I also planned to be much further along in development for a new financial education app within 8-Bit Avrin Apps that I’ve been working on. Well neither of those came into fruition. I’m further along in creation of the financial education app but not near where I want to be in progress of it.

In 2020 I did have some other productive moments in mobile app land though. I did some more promotions for some of my apps via Instagram ads and tweaking YouTube metadata. I made a couple of updates to Quiz of the Christian Bible app to improve performance and clarity in a couple of questions and answers. (I’m currently working on another update to continue those improvements.) I did run into some issues with Google Play Android updates that I’m also currently working through with some of my apps so if you downloaded Quiz of the Christian Bible on the Google Play please be patient with me while I work out those issues. Saving Bunnies and Zompy Jumpy are two apps that were previously available on Google Play but aren’t anymore. However, I’m working on updating those so that there’s no archived architecture in them so that they can become available again.

In 2020 I also created a Reviews section on the website highlighting many of the great reviews I’ve received from users of my mobile apps and Alexa skills. Major thank you to everyone that’s left a nice review on my software! Thank you also to those that left just a star rating, but only thanks to the people that left 4 & 5 star ratings though, and maybe some of the 3 stars as well haha. I know how important it can be for customers to consume reviews in products before they spend their time and/or money obtaining the product so I wanted to showcase my reviews more instead of only having them available to see on the app store that they were left on. Most people are going to only see them there, but now website visitors can also readily access many of them if they’d like.

One of the great things that happened in 2020 is that my mobile app download and Alexa skill enable numbers increased over 2019! Check below for my top 5 downloaded apps, top 5 countries that downloaded my apps, and my top 5 Alexa skills that were enabled in 2020.

My Top 5 Apps Downloaded in 2020

  1. Quiz of the Christian Bible
  2. Quiz of Medicine
  3. Motivational Quotes to Inspire
  4. Ultra Fortune Ball
  5. Quiz of Finance and Investing

Top 5 Countries That Downloaded My Apps

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. Ghana
  5. Australia

My Top 5 Alexa Skills Enabled in 2020

  1. Jesus Said
  2. Kids Coin Quiz
  3. Quiz of Medicine – Brands & Generics
  4. Quiz of Medicine – Indications
  5. Stock Market Help

Top Downloaded App and Top Enabled Skill of 2020

Major thank you to everyone who downloaded any of my mobile apps in 2020 and those who enabled any of my Alexa skills in 2020. I hope you enjoyed them and continue to find them useful. The separate app company that I was thinking about creating is still on the table and I’m still pondering of whether or not to go forward with it. In the past couple of years I started new projects and increased my time in other projects outside of app creation that have been successful that I plan to continue with. So with those projects going on my time has become even more limited. Regardless of all that 8-Bit Avrin Apps is definitely going to continue. I’ll be continuing to support my current apps and work on new apps under the 8-Bit Avrin Apps umbrella. In 2021 I’m hoping to get near completion of my new financial education app and brainstorm ideas for my next apps. I’ve got a lot of ideas but I have to be really certain of proceeding with them because I want to minimize wasted time. In 2021 I also plan on continuing promoting my existing apps and keeping this website and my YouTube up to date. I hope you all have an amazing 2021! Take care!

Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” -Steve Jobs

September Mobile App Development Report

9 Oct
2015

September development time consisted of a lot work on two new apps. Most of that time went to working on and finishing Word Owl’s Word Search Halloween Edition, but work also continued on my new educational medical app.

  • In the beginning of the month I continued working on organizing words for Word Owl’s Word Search Halloween Edition. I grouped the words into similar categories for some of the puzzles and then eventually randomly jumbled some of them together. There’s an option to hide the words to seek out to make the game more challenging so I wanted the earlier puzzles to have similar words. By doing this the players will get the idea of what words to possibly look for in later puzzles if they’re playing with the Show Words option off.

 

  • During the beginning and middle of the month A LOT of design work went into effect for the Word Owl Halloween app. I completed the look of the main menu which consisted of working on button graphics and the overall layout. On my previous Word Owl word search apps I have the owl popping up on different areas of the main menu screen but I decided to have a window where it could pop up from in different areas. I ran into some problems with layering and transparency on the main menu, but ended up working those out during a late night session. I also worked on the ghost costume for the owl and its candy bucket that shows up after puzzles and on the loading screen. I already had white and black letter blocks from previous apps so I just had to make orange ones this time and then incorporate some rules in game to have a mixed color block option. I also made different backgrounds, some really simple, and some more elaborate. 

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 8.07.11 PM

Eventually ended up removing the ears from the owl while in costume, and changing the color on the main menu window to a layered gray instead of white.

  • I was able to use a lot of the code from my previous word search apps so I saved a lot of time in that area during development of this game, but I still had a decent amount of work to do in that area though. It definitely wasn’t just graphics and audio work for this app. After completing the game and finishing testing I submitted the app to the app stores and set the release date to October 1st. The app was released earlier on Barnes & Noble store because there’s no way to set a future release date on that store. I also submitted to the Barnes & Noble store earlier than I wanted to because I tried to make a promotion deadline for them but ended up missing it by a day. Apple and Amazon are usually my main stores in terms of downloads, so it wasn’t a big deal that I ended up missing that deadline. While the app was waiting on review I made some promo images, a gameplay video trailer, and wrote the press release. 

 

  • I really like the design of my word owl games and how they all have things in common, but they also each have their own identify. The sight word apps have their playful classroom feel, the Christmas edition is wrapped in Christmas joy with the art and sound, and now this Halloween edition has a definite kid friendly Halloween focus with its look and sound. I like for the design of these apps to be big & bold, approachable, and colorful in their own theme. I try not to make them look too detailed, but I also make sure they don’t turn out plain and/or bland. I plan on making two more Word Owl apps eventually, and then that will probably be all for the Word Owl Word Search series. I’m planning on making a third grade sight words edition, and then an Easter edition. On the iOS App Store there will eventually be a classroom bundle and then a Holiday bundle, and they both will be available at discounted prices. If any of the other app stores they’re on give developers the option of making bundles then I will definitely share the bundle love with their stores customers too.

 

  • Throughout the month during dev time I took a couple of breaks from the word search app to continue working on my new pharmacy quiz app. There are going to be six quiz types, plus a mixed/assorted option. I finished the questions for the brands, generics, indications, and drug class category quiz modes. There will also be a top 100 or 200 drugs option for those quiz types to narrow down or widen the scope of questions. I also worked on questions & answers for the other two quiz types. Hopefully I’ll finish this app in October, but I’m not sure what exact date I’ll release it….probably towards the beginning of November.

 

I would like to finish and release at least three new apps by the end of 2015, including the pharmacy app mentioned above. However, with everything going on in life there’s a chance that number may be lowered to two, but then there’s also a chance that number could be four! We’ll see. Until next time ∞