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?
Did you know you can easily promote your apps on websites, blogs, and forums using SlideME Widgets like the one below?
SlideME Widgets work a lot like ads, except they can provide more details than simply a purchase link. These widgets are designed to display relevant up-to-date info about your apps straight from the SlideME Market, such as the developer, price, or even your application icon. Using the provided HTML code, you can embed these widgets into nearly any internet medium that provides HTML capability. You could place them on your website, on a company blog, within internal or external forums, or even marketing emails. We provide a variety of Widget designs you can implement with little effort.
With Android being listed as the best-selling smartphone platform worldwide, it comes as no surprise that developers are flocking to its Android Market, which already has around 320,000 apps available as of September 2011 (374,303 as of Feb 5, 2012). A full 74 percent of those are free apps and while giving apps away doesn’t net a developer money off the bat, it’s still by far the best way for an app to become popular and gain traction in any app marketplace.