07-27-2012 10:03 AM
Wondering if anyone has further insight (and willing to share it) on how apps end up with so many reviews to get to the top of Top Rated.
Added "Rate App" links to some of mine, and it generated more reviews for sure, but still nowhere near what some people are getting for what their download counts probably were at the beginning.
I'm not implying any wrongdoing, there just must be something more to it. Look at what A4BB has achieved, I don't believe that happened just by posting apps in the store. It's a bit frustrating. I've had apps fairly high up for a while that got no significant number of reviews, i.e. 5... or 12, maybe even 50... but not 25,000+ (paid) or 150,000+ (free) like A4.
Smiley was on about this for a while, though maybe more suspecting, but there's definitely something going on. What do they do, hire girls to stand on street corners asking people to rate the app while they wait to cross the street?
07-27-2012 10:21 AM
if you compare games like angry birds and some of their apps its like 10 to 1. I think they are cheating because there is no way they can have 1000 reviews in less than a week. also if you view all their apps all of them have 1000s of reviews.
I have seen where "they" released a new app and instantly have 100s of reviews.
I have some free apps which have 1000s of downloads a day and yet only have about dozen of reviews.
07-27-2012 10:44 AM
07-27-2012 10:56 AM
Those paid apps were once free, therefore the high number of reviews. And the issues is with smartphone apps, or at least apps that have smartphone version too.
To write a review for a smartphone app you don't need a real device, it can be done with phone simulator.
Start simulator, create BBID (some free email like Yahoo or Gmail or your own server emails), login, download the app, write a review, close the simulator, clean the simulator. Rinse and repeat.
Let's say five minutes per review, so 12 reviews per hour, 100 reviews per day (if we assume a single person doing this).
I guess that this process can be automated, even writing the reviews with clever key injection or something like this, but even if it is done manually, all you need is a "marketing" team of 3 guys and Top rated is granted.
07-27-2012 11:13 AM
Peter: I was not talking about Angry Birds. I meant the "other" apps are getting 1000s reviews vs Angry Birds only 100s. You would think games like Angry would receive more reviews.
07-27-2012 11:20 AM
07-27-2012 12:28 PM
Even if those apps were once free it's unlikely they would receive that many reviews. Also, free apps tend to get lower ratings so they were probably manipulating the system.
This is may be the real reason why RIM made the recent changes to the vendor portal.
07-27-2012 04:21 PM