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Has Anyone Done a App ?

Discussion in 'Web Development' started by DnEbook, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. DnEbook

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    Other than Honan i am wondering if anyone here has done an app yet, did it go to plan? was it hard to get it on itunes/google play .... what else may have happened? Did you develop it or pay for the app to be produced?

    I am just toying with a few ideas

    I wonder if the developer of angry birds is making money?

    I would love to read some opinions, thoughts, experiences

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  2. James

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    I was talking to one developer about building an app the other day, something I want to give a shot.

    But like he said "Their are plenty of crap apps on the app store that no on uses"

    I think the biggest down fall is also marketing off APP's I let a APP marketer do a post on my site last year which I thought was pretty decent - http://jamesnorquay.com/the-surge-mobile-apps-basics-promote-mobile-app/
     
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    I have created some apps. I outsourced the development but was the brains behind them.

    I only own one these days and that's this one: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/find-poker/id442378374

    Was no trouble getting it onto iTunes, or Google Play. Just have to agree to terms etc, and pay your annual developer fees.

    I am not really using the app as a direct source of revenue but as a tool to build a user base that in turn generates revenue.

    I had the app free for 18 months and was getting around 15-20 downloads a day. Now I have it at 99c i'm getting 1-3 downloads a day. Of that 99c I get 63c.

    Australians seem very tight with spending money in the app stores, but very fast to send an email complaint when something is not to their liking.

    There are plenty of apps around that are useless, you need to give users something they want to keep using.
     
  4. DnEbook

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    Thanks thus far, any views on apps like angry birds? (i have never played it) i have read games are perhaps the most popular but i do wonder if they are most expensive to produce?
     
  5. James

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    Yeah they are not cheap to develop,

    I have seen many apps fail, whilst something very basic and free can do well.

    Look at Draw something and Snap Chat they are not that advanced, but they are so popular.
     
  6. hydie

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    My app iSleepIn has had some mild success - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/isleepin/id562735979?mt=8

    Has been on the store for less than a year and has already been profitable.

    We are just reskining at the moment for iOS 7 and we are just about to launch it into the Google Play Store.

    Development/Design is outsourced, brains have been me and my best mate.
     
  7. DnEbook

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    May i ask was development outsourced locally or via India ..etc? is your app on both google and android?

    ball park figure on cost ......high $xxx ......low $xxx ?

    thanks for your imput
     
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    I'm interested to know this too, for a different project not related to VentraIP. :)
     
  9. DnEbook

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    it has been further explained that angrybirds has extra features that players can purchase ......seems like a smart move
     
  10. hydie

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    iSleepin app was designed by one and coded by another. (These two are now working together on another project!).

    Our designer was found on 99designs, and we actually won the best design of the month with it - http://99designs.com/designer-blog/2012/09/13/top-9-at-99-results-august-2012/

    It was intially built for iOS and then last month we posted on oDesk and hired a Android coder. This should be completed shortly.

    Total cost was late $x,xxx for initial development and then just under 2k for it to be brought over to Android.
     
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  11. DnEbook

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    thanks for the info , wow additional costs on top for the android option
     
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    Very nice indeed hydie, keep us updated on your progress.

    Well done :)
     
  13. DnEbook

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    seems like a great looking interface
     
  14. hydie

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    Will be sure to keep you all updated.

    In App Purchases as they are known are actually the best way to make revenue from your app.

    Getting the user to purchase the app is one thing, but keeping their money coming in is another.

    We are planning on having in app purchases of different tasks that aren't provided with the original, for example 'Shake to Turn off' etc.

    It really shouldn't be that much if you look at doing both platforms when you first create the code. And the guy we hired was, VERY VERY qualified.
     
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    Saw a really good presentation tonight on Making Apps and Marketing them via different channels. Heaps of different tips on multi lingual app creation. This one guy was making some good grounds in a global market.

    I can share the deck if people are interested.
     
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    is it on youtube ?? ....thanks
     
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    Managing development of one now, asp.net creating xml feeds from sql server for phonegap front end (currently targeting android but iPhone redeployment is easy with phonegap)
     
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    i thought i may ask if you have a large data base of users for your app ......where is it stored // might seem like a silly question to some but i am wondering ?? Any help appreciated thanks