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December 20, 2009

Android Market App Movement

I've been monitoring the Android market "News & Weather" category since we published our "Radar Now!" app and have noticed some interesting behavior in how the market moves apps to the top of the popularity tab. Most apps, like "Radar Now!" experience slow and steady growth, or none at all. Other apps zoom from nowhere to the front of the line. This graphic represents eight apps sampled over a little more than a month. The numbers on the left hand side indicate the app's overall placement in the market, the lower the better.

Android Market Sample Apps in the News and Weather Category

Click on the graphic for a full size image.

December 26, 2009

Website for "Radar Now!" Android App

We've launched a website to accompany our "Radar Now!" Android application that shows the usage over the previous day.

http://www.radarnow.net/

An interesting aspect of this custom overlay based map is how the tiles are generated. Since "Radar Now!" pretty much is used in every part of the US, tiles for the entire country have to be generated for each zoom level.

Each night, the tile generator scans through the database for records that have had activity for the previous 24 hours and generates 5 zoom levels in about two minutes.

April 9, 2010

Radar Now! Milestone

Radar Now!, our Android weather application, crossed the 250,000 download mark today around 4:00pm CST. That puts this app in the top 0.7% of all Android apps. Quite a feat!

http://www.radarnow.net

May 1, 2010

Radar Now! Download history

Virtually every month has seen an increase in the number of new users of our Android app "Radar Now!" with the exception of February, here are the details:

09/2009 - 2,442
10/2009 - 5,559
11/2009 - 22,662
12/2009 - 44,998
01/2010 - 48,536
02/2010 - 46,133
03/2010 - 50,392
04/2010 - 56,255

June 26, 2010

Radar Now! Crosses 500,000 download mark

Radar Now!, our highly popular Android application (available on the Android market) today crossed the half million download mark.

Radar Now! is currently #8 in the "News & Weather" category and #244 in overall popularity out of more than 60,000 apps available for Android devices.

In the month of June, 2010, Radar Now! is being used an average of 216,000 times a day with peaks over 300,000 uses per day.

Radar Now! has a cool website too! Check out Radarnow.net for maps and statistics on what devices, OS versions and other interesting information on the app.

August 6, 2010

Android App Comment Spam

One of our apps had its first repeat spammer to the market comments. A player of a game app (“Ronnie”) decided to spam our app twice each day for a while back in July. He was promoting his referral code the game uses as a reward. It was quite bothersome to me as I seemed powerless to do anything but remove it from my own personal device.

The support people of the app he was promoting promptly banned "Ronnie." I want to thank PerBlue.com for handling the entire incident with grace and speed.

If a user sees spam, they should tell Google. There’s a spam checkbox in the market app next to each comment. If enough people mark a comment as spam, eventually Google should take care of it.

If a developer sees spam on their app comments, they need to be proactive. I should have reacted quicker in my case and contacted the app's support people right away.


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