All free apps removed from Android Market !

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Feb 21, 2012 9:51:32 AM

How did that sound to all you spoiled Android children ?

You, who would rather download 20 complete useless but free apps, than pay 3 $ for a useful app.

I guess, not all of you got your Android phone as a gift from your parents, so you may have payed 500 $ or more for your phone - spending a couple of bucks on an app cannot be a problem to you.

Because chances to make money from developing Android apps are so few, no decent investor will put money into it.

It seems, iPhone owners are more willing to pay for their apps, so in the future, app developers will rather use their efforts in the iPhone camp than waste it on Android.

That means new useful fancy apps will be developed for iPhone, and Android will be a secondary platform with old apps, and that means that customers and device manufacturers will turn their attention to iPhone and Windows.

You may have guessed it, I'm an app developer myself. Last week, I uploaded my keyboard app and a couple of free keyboard layout apps to AndroidPit. Although it is pointed out in the second line of the description: 'layouts are useless without the keyboard app', 20 people downloaded the free layout apps. 0 bought the keyboard app (via AndroidPit).

I am also a user of free Apps, and I don't think I ever clicked on one add link - until now. Clicking adds is the method for free app users to pay for using the app. I have to remember that, and to change my behaviour in the future. Free apps or paid apps is not the question - to pay for the service you get is the question.

Google is aware of the problem and will of course take action, when the trend becomes a threat to their business. One (not very likely) action could be to remove the free apps from Market.

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Hardy Henneberg

Feb 21, 2012 10:25:14 AM

Just a suggestion... try to do a bit of advertising and actually get the word out about your app. That might help get more attention to your product. But writing a post that is associated with your apps over your account where you call our users spoiled children and insult them is probably not the best way to garner good will and interest in your app.... I'm just saying... :wacko:

Feb 21, 2012 10:55:43 AM

Aaron Tilton
Just a suggestion... try to do a bit of advertising and actually get the word out about your app. That might help get more attention to your product. But writing a post that is associated with your apps over your account where you call our users spoiled children and insult them is probably not the best way to garner good will and interest in your app.... I'm just saying... :wacko:

Thanks for answering Aaron,
You may be right. Or wrong - a very succecful danish business man said: 'Bad publicity is better than no publicity' -_-

However, it was not my primary intention to make bad publicity for my app. The problem is bigger, than me not earning money from my app. The problem is, the whole Android App Business is not earning money - on average. And it is us - the spoiled android app customers, who are the responsibles. If we want to have Android as an attractive platform for customers and developers in the future, customers will have to pay - in one way or another.

Kind Regards
Hardy

Feb 21, 2012 11:57:59 AM

Then I'd also suggest trying to give them compelling reasons to actually download paid versions of apps. The problems confronting app developers is the same as journalists: people got used to getting content for free now they don't want to pay for it. It was the same when the first news sites sprang up in the '90's; "when everything is free why should I shell out cash for it?" seemed to be the question most consumers asked themselves. It's a smiliar situation with app developers where the free version basicly has all the functionality of the full version. You can try berating or guilt-tripping consumers but as Journalists the world over are still discovering... that doesn't work very well. You need to find new ways to entice them. </my 2 cents>

Feb 21, 2012 1:47:40 PM

Aaron Tilton
: people got used to getting content for free now they don't want to pay for it.
YES, that's why I called us 'spoiled children' and suggested 'All free apps removed from Android Market' as a cure.

Your comparison of journalists and app developers, I agree upon a part of the way. However, I think there is a difference, because Android developers have other places to go. I personally don't want that to happen - I will rather pay for what I get. After all, it is pennies compared to the other expenses by owning a smartphone.

I know, it will not help much, that I pay for my apps, and not either that I invite others to do the same. I do it anyway and hope others also will.

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Jun 14, 2013 1:48:47 AM

Maybe you should stop creating content and move on to bigger and brighter things , sounds like you don't have a head for business .. if the guy who cooked my food at a restaurant came out and belittled me 1 i'd never go back(word of mouth is a powerful thing ) 2 he'd probably get knocked on his back pockets ..