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sblantipodi
Posts: 1,178
Registered: ‎02-19-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Slowdown in sales.

 


QuiteSimple wrote:

IMO the life-cycle of mobile app (even if you constantly push upgrades) is 6-10 months, after that it just dies.


I don't agree, it depends on the apps, I started selling my apps when JavaME was a glorious platform until today.

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sblantipodi
Posts: 1,178
Registered: ‎02-19-2009
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Re: Slowdown in sales.


cwong15 wrote:

One issue with apps that you have not updated in a while is that the list of supported devices will grow stale. Newer devices don't seem to be supported by default: you have to edit the release and add them manually. Over time, the older supported devices will cease to be used as people upgrade to newer models. If you don't edit your releases to include the new models, you should expect sales to drop over time as fewer users will see your app.

 

Almost all my paid app sales come from users of OS 5 and 6 these days. The market shifts quickly. 


This is really important but what do you mean?
I selected that my apps are fine on OS 4.2 or later, how can I edit my releases to include new models?

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cwong15
Posts: 193
Registered: ‎02-27-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Slowdown in sales.

I meant that you need to add specific models as well. When you go into edit releases (the pen icon), you can edit each release submission's supported devices list. Once you select a specific release, go to the Add Release Version tab (even though you want to edit an existing release). Click on the pen icon in the device support column. If you had not edited this in a while, you're likely to see some models not selected, even if you intended to support all models.

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sblantipodi
Posts: 1,178
Registered: ‎02-19-2009
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Re: Slowdown in sales.

Are you sure of what you are saying?

My last release was uploaded on january 2011, I selected OS 4.2 or higher, without modifying anything from january, this is the list of supported phone:

Supported Devices
BlackBerry 8100
BlackBerry 8110
BlackBerry 8120
BlackBerry 8130
BlackBerry 8220
BlackBerry 8230
BlackBerry 8230f
BlackBerry 8300
BlackBerry 8310
BlackBerry 8320
BlackBerry 8330
BlackBerry 8330m
BlackBerry 8350i
BlackBerry 8520
BlackBerry 8530
BlackBerry 8700c
BlackBerry 8700f
BlackBerry 8700g
BlackBerry 8700r
BlackBerry 8700v
BlackBerry 8703e
BlackBerry 8705g
BlackBerry 8707g
BlackBerry 8707h
BlackBerry 8707v
BlackBerry 8800
BlackBerry 8820
BlackBerry 8830
BlackBerry 8900
BlackBerry 9000
BlackBerry 9100
BlackBerry 9105
BlackBerry 9300
BlackBerry 9330
BlackBerry 9500
BlackBerry 9520
BlackBerry 9530
BlackBerry 9550
BlackBerry 9630
BlackBerry 9650
BlackBerry 9670
BlackBerry 9700
BlackBerry 9780
BlackBerry 9800

 

I think that no one is excluded.

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QuiteSimple
Posts: 1,451
Registered: ‎11-06-2009
My Device: Torch 9810
My Carrier: WiFi

Re: Slowdown in sales.

All possible devices at the moment are 50

 

Those are missing from your list:

BlackBerry 8130m

BlackBerry 8830m
BlackBerry 8910
BlackBerry 8980

BlackBerry 9900
BlackBerry 9930

 





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sblantipodi
Posts: 1,178
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Re: Slowdown in sales.

how can I add this devices to the supported list?

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sblantipodi
Posts: 1,178
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Re: Slowdown in sales.

Ok,. I have added the devices.

 

THANKS A BILLION!

 

But why things works in this way?
I selected that my software works on every blackberry from OS 4.2 and later, touch and non touch, why should I manually add devices?
How can I know when a new devices is ready to be added?

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sblantipodi
Posts: 1,178
Registered: ‎02-19-2009
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Re: Slowdown in sales.

Another question...

I have added the missing devices to all apps, all apps get this change as I can see from the app world site,

but one app continue to not show all supported phones, why?

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sblantipodi
Posts: 1,178
Registered: ‎02-19-2009
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Re: Slowdown in sales.

ok it tooked three days before seeing all the supported devices correctly listed.

 

can't understood why I need to manually add devices now.

is there a way to be informed on when should I add new devices?

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cwong15
Posts: 193
Registered: ‎02-27-2009
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Re: Slowdown in sales.

RIM's methods are a mystery to me, and always take me by surprise. 

 

There is something else I noticed recently that affects distribution. Specifically, I noticed that all my apps were supported in all countries except: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and UAE. That was strange, because I had never limited my apps' distribution. I quickly changed the distribution (the Distribution tab) to "all countries".

 

A new app that I recently submitted for approval shows "all countries", as it should be. I don't know why some of my old apps should be so restricted. Anyway, in addition to your supported devices list I suggest you also check your supported countries list. 

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