So many mobile applications are being developed—especially for‘s iPhone—that deserving apps are languishing unnoticed in the , according to app developers who gathered in Chicago Thursday.
“Discoverability is a big problem in the App Store,” said Ashish Rangnekar of Benchprep, a Chicago startup whose app helps students study for admissions exams like the SAT and GRE.
“There are a million apps now. What is becoming a problem is not
building the greatest app ever but making sure the customer finds the
app you’ve built.”
Rangnekar was one of about 25 mobile technology developers who gathered in a Chicago skyscraper at a meeting sponsored by eFactor,
a social network for entrepreneurs. Because of the number of apps now
available in the App Store, Rangnekar said, an app’s name, icon, and
screenshots may be more immediately important to sales than its content
My colleague Brian Caulfield reported
earlier this month on Apple’s announcement that it had sold 15 billion
copies of the 425,000 apps developed for iPhone and iPad (and more
recently for Macs):
Which is why the app store is packed with more software
than you can possibly use — and it’s only going to get more packed in
the years ahead. It’s Apple’s response to competitors who are flooding
the marketplace with scores of variations on the touch-screen,
media-friendly phone it first introduced four years ago.
Apple can’t fight them all with hardware, but it can do a little spamming of its own with software.
via With 15 Billion Apps Served, Apple Is Just Getting Started – Brian Caulfield – Shiny Objects – Forbes.
It’s a lesson Apple learned from Microsoft, no doubt, in the 1990s,
but Apple isn’t responsible for developing every app in this avalanche,
individual developers are, and the “spam” of apps, as Brian calls it, is
becoming a headache for many of them.
Rangnekar advised app developers to “be smart about picking icons and names” and urged them to:
Benchprep tried many other common ways of popularizing its app, such
as advertising on Google and cultivating user reviews, but found it’s
most important to get noticed in the App Store.
Most of the developers who gathered in Chicago Thursday offer
cross-platform apps, but they agreed Apple has vastly increased its
dominance of the mobile technology software market.
The iPhone is the most important device to app developers right now, said Carson Conant of Mediafly.
‘I thinkwas the killer,” said Kilton Hopkins of the App House, which helps people develop ideas into Apps.
Others said the expect Android to catch up and that Apple and Android will dominate the mobile market for years to come.