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Registered: ‎05-23-2011
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How's business since 2.0 deployed?

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My sales have tanked. I don't blame os2 or rim, it's just a fact of being a small fish in a very large ocean of apps now. It was a fun and profitable market while it lasted. Smiley Happy

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Registered: ‎12-08-2010
My Device: PlayBook, Z10
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Re: How's business since 2.0 deployed?

Mine surged for a week with Battery Guru, presumably because of some of the issues with power consumption on 2.0 (mainly the problem that can occur if you select Manual sync), and have now (last three days) settled back precisely to pre-2.0 levels.

No discernible effect on the White Noise app sales (which are of course quite low).

You didn't say what your app was. Maybe you just got competition from some new Android port?

Peter Hansen -- (BB10 and dev-related blog posts at http://peterhansen.ca.)
Author of White Noise and Battery Guru for BB10 and for PlayBook | Get more from your battery!
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Re: How's business since 2.0 deployed?

I have several apps, I'm in the game category and it's flooded now. Regardless what your keywords are there's already an "app for that". Smiley Happy lol.. Went from selling dozens a day down to just a few and more often than I care to admit, sometimes zero per day, ouch. Luckily by the time 2.0 came out my apps were already available on a variety of mobile devices, so overall sales are fine, but still kind of sad to see pb sales come to an end because  it was that device I learned how to develop mobile apps.

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Re: How's business since 2.0 deployed?

As I have predicted before V2 release loyal BB/PB devs are getting screwed by Android player.  Just matter of time when all BB devs are gone because B10 will support crappy Android apps.

 

I blame RIM.  Go QNX or go Android or be dead.

 

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Re: How's business since 2.0 deployed?

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Well, I can understand RIM point of view. They desperately need apps, more apps. AppWorld has 60,000... ok, but how many apps will support the future BB10 phones? 20% of the current apps are WebWorks (official stats mentioned at the DevCon), so that's the apps that will work for BB10. All others are Java apps or Themes. If you add the pure PlayBook apps built with AIR (and lately with NDK), so you probably will end with like 15,000 apps. Lol.

 

So here comes the Android flood, 6200 apps for two weeks. 1200 of them have issues, probably uploaded unsigned version and due to current AppWorld approach those apps have to be submitted as new apps (instead of just new signed release), making the number around 7,000. Not bad.

 

In May comes the next BB Partners Fund Challenge, I bet free PlayBooks for anyone who submit an app. Probably another free PlayBooks giveaway at the end of summer Smiley Wink



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Re: How's business since 2.0 deployed?

Apologies from one of the new devs to the platform, but if it's any consolation I am writing with the native sdk ...
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Re: How's business since 2.0 deployed?

No apologies are needed, and really I don't see why anybody would complain. This is the price we have to pay for the platform even to survive, so those of us who got on board early should not want to be left as an exclusive group with no more competition.

We'd end up as big fish in an extremely small and diminishing pond if the platform died because there simply were too few developers and apps to keep it interesting to users.

Peter Hansen -- (BB10 and dev-related blog posts at http://peterhansen.ca.)
Author of White Noise and Battery Guru for BB10 and for PlayBook | Get more from your battery!
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Re: How's business since 2.0 deployed?

Apologies if this is in the documentation somewhere (but I don't use it yet as I haven't had my first app approved), but do devs get given historical stats of purchases? Would be an interesting read to see if there is a lull around this time with the market saturation but (assuming this gambit is pulled off and brings more users to the platform) things start to improve again over 2012.
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Re: How's business since 2.0 deployed?

In the vendor portal, you can click on "Download Reports" and either generate a CSV file with purchases or downloads for one or more of your products, or generate a graph. The graph is for a quick visual summary, while the CSV has an entry for every individual sale or download of the items selected. Any time range is supported.

Short version: yes. Smiley Happy

Peter Hansen -- (BB10 and dev-related blog posts at http://peterhansen.ca.)
Author of White Noise and Battery Guru for BB10 and for PlayBook | Get more from your battery!
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Re: How's business since 2.0 deployed?

Well, maybe some kind souls will share this data (potentially obfuscating values) at a later date for those of us who are weirdly curious about such things.

BTW, just re-read QuiteSimple's post. At this rate there should be a massive market of BB devs with PlayBooks to sell apps to Smiley Wink
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You can find me (sporadically) writing and developing at http://floor4.co.uk and gaming at http://uk-tf.co.uk
My Apps: Flip!