Our favourite Android news site, AndroidPit, have curated a list of the best Android apps to date for multiple categories (article available at http://androidpit.com/best-android-apps). You can find the AOSP-friendly apps from that list on our marketplace and of course you can download for free the SlideME Market app (rated as the best alternative to the Play Store) from go.slide.me/sam6apk
SlideME now supports the option for users to pay via Mobile carrier through our partnership with Fortumo. This is an important milestone for SlideME to bring such a payment option at the store level, as opposed to developers having to implement intruding commerce options within each of their apps. Unfortunately Mobile carrier payments, unlike traditional payment options, have different price points for each country. Such price points do not accommodate the exact set price of an app, nor is it fair to users for such an app price to be fixed to the carriers’ price points per country. This means the same app could be more expensive in one country than another. For this reason SlideME has implemented a feature where any overpayment is credited to the user’s SlideME Wallet balance, which can be used to purchase other apps (or in-app items if the app is using the recently released SlideME In-App-Payments SDK or supported Open In-App Billing).
“3rd party Android app stores are becoming increasingly popular and we are excited to work together with SlideME, one of the leaders in this space. By adding mobile payments to their apps published on SlideME, developers can now earn more revenue from almost 5 billion people who do not have or do not want to use a credit card. With carrier billing, they can now conveniently charge purchases directly to their phone bill”
- Gerri Kodres, SVP of Business Development and Carrier Relations, Fortumo
The sheer volume of non-Google Play enabled devices can no longer be ignored by app publishers as more device vendors are leveraging the AOSP, which does not include the closed-source apps and services like Google Play and Google Maps. Developers should have a distribution strategy for apps being distributed to these AOSP based devices .
Today at MWC, we’re seeing Nokia releasing the Nokia X device based on the AOSP, and therefore without Google Play. SlideME as of today is present on the Nokia X, and many other device manufacturers have preloaded SlideME as a respected alternative to Google Play.
Good news for developers today from SlideME. Developers have the option to be paid out in Bitcoins or to their Coinbase Wallet instantly.
The maturity of the Android OS can really be indicated by the sheer volume of applications available for the platform. How can an Android user be expected to wade through all of these applications to find a quality product they are looking for? How can a developer generate exposure for their applications when the competition is steadily rising? Consider SlideME’s stance on application discovery.
Unlike other stores, SlideME actually inspects and reviews the content and functionality of each application submitted to our store. We don’t just check if the application is compatible and runs properly on multiple devices. We also ensure that the application has some value, may be useful to many users, and is legitimate and legal.
SlideME does not accept simplistic junk applications, nor do we approve the misleading, scam applications that proliferate on other stores. When you download an application from SlideME, it is either the real deal or it is legitimate application that we make clear is only similar in nature.
Creating an application that is high quality or unique may not be enough to net a satisfactory number of downloads in the currently over-saturated Android ecosystem. However, SlideME can prove beneficial to the independent developer or team looking to increase exposure and awareness of their applications.
SlideME has teamed up with the One Platform Foundation to help developers distribute their applications across multiple stores. With the App Description File (AppDF) format, you can create a single file that describes your app and can be uploaded to multiple app stores. Within the AppDF file, you can combine your application’s market description, screenshots, the APK, promo graphics, icons, and video files.This will not only save you time, but helps in part to reduce the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem.
We have launched our newly designed Android market app, version 5 of the SlideME Application Manager (SAM), and we wanted to highlight some of the new features that you might not yet know about in the new SAM 5.
With the huge demand for applications to be low-cost or free in the Android ecosystem, it can be difficult for developers and publishers to monetize from their work. A high quality application with hundreds of hours invested deserves adequate compensation, and in turn would help fund future high quality applications. Many low quality applications seek to makeup for the lack of invested hours by aggressively stacking advertising into each individual app. But where do we draw the line with advertising? How much advertising is really necessary for an application to make a profit? Do low quality applications deserve to net a larger profit by including many forms of advertising, or should they be limited in relation to the amount of effort and time invested?
When managing the inventory of your paid applications, you can choose any one of the following options:
How does this remote licensing option work differently than using static keys?