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BGR reported that it looks like more Android apps are now being downloaded than iOS apps. This insight came from a press release from ABI Research.

It could well be true but the press release does make the point that “despite leading in total mobile app downloads, Android’s app downloads per user still lag behind Apple’s by 2-to-1″.

And I’m pretty sure that Apple is way ahead in terms of paid downloads too … Apple’s ecosystem is far more profitable (for Apple and for app entrepreneurs) than Android’s.

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This is a very interesting metric from David Barnard, founder of App Cubby: developers who build and sell apps for Apple’s iOS platform will collectively earn more money over the next year than Google will earn from its entire mobile business.

  • Google expect to earn $2.5 billion
  • Apple will pay app publishers $2 billion
  • Include third party ad revenue from the likes of AdMob and indie app developers will make more than $2.5 billion


Find out more in this great article on BGR.

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Business Insider featured an article by this dude, Brian Akaka from Appular, which is well worth reading.


The tips are basically:

  1. design a beautiful app icon
  2. don’t ask for ratings too early
  3. try hard to get Apple to feature you
  4. focus on impressing users quickly
  5. keep it simple
  6. ensure it looks gorgeous
  7. know your market & set your price accordingly
  8. or produce an uber app if you can afford to worry about commercials later
  9. a great app description is critical
  10. ask for a fresh perspective & act on it
  11. consider old ad techniques too

But you should read the full article.

We at AppsArabia are interested in providing investment for app projects that are commercially viable. This means they have to generate revenue and, for them to generate revenue, they have to add value to consumers by meeting a demand. So some tips from us are:

  • do a simple focus group to test that people are going to want your app & that they are going to be prepared to pay for it (how much?)
  • consider how you will get your app to the target market (the appropriate App Store)
  • how will people pay for your app (are you relying on them having a credit card)?

And, obviously, the cost of creating the app (i.e. the level of funding from AppsArabia) should be sensibly modest. As a rough guide, we expect the app to have a realistic revenue forecast which can pay back the cost of development within 3 to 6 months of net revenue.

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click here to read how The Heist achieved its success (opens in a new window)

The Heist has to be the latest and biggest success story – marketing genius!

We can all learn a lot from this and all entrepreneurs we invest in will surely benefit from following similar tactics ;-)

Click here to read the full article.

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Edge Magazine interviewed four successful indie app entrepreneurs/developers and I respect their advice on how to find success in developing your own iOS games.

Click here to read the article.

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Our friends at SAE Institute have kindly offered 2 free places on their one day iPhone app development training on 4th June.

During this One-Day training you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of Objective-C programming.
  • Learn how to use the Xcode IDE.
  • Be taught how to make different view/window/tab bar/etc based applications.
  • Learn how to work with table views.
  • Learn how to access Accelometer to recognize device’s orientation.
  • Learn how to use image views to make image galleries.
  • Learn how to pack your applications and send it to App Store.
  • Be introduced to marketing tools for iPhone applications.
  • Be introduced to alternative iPhone/mobile application development platforms.
  • Be introduced to iPhone application development industry and its potentials.

AED 500 online registration (Inc free software installation + snacks, coffee and lunch).
(Registering for iPhone shortcourse during the one day training will waive AED 1,500 off the course’s fee).

To win a free place:
Email us why you want to learn to develop iPhone apps and what you intend to do with your new skills. The better your reason, the more chance you have of winning!

The training will be on Saturday 4th June from 9am at SAE Institute, Knowledge Village in Dubai.

For more information, go to the SAE Institute web site.

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Arab Business Machine (ABM), the Apple Authorised Distributor, are running an iOS app development course from 29th May to 2nd June at Zayed University’s Media City Campus in Dubai. This is a special, invitation only, event and ABM have offered 2 places for free to AppsArabia.

I think it is only right that I offer these places to local iOS app developers who are active AppsArabia members … and the fairest way to do this is via a mini competition ;-)

To enter the contest and win a place on the training course, please email us a short paragraph (no more than 100 words) telling us what your favourite iOS app is and why.

The requirements are as follows …

  1. you must have an Apple MacBook (with all the latest updates and Xcode 4 installed)
  2. you must have an iPhone iPod Touch or iPad (NOT jailbroken with the latest iOS update installed)
  3. you must have programming skills – Objective C (preferred), C or C++
  4. you must have an Apple developer account (if you don’t have one yet, click here to enroll in the program of your choice)
  5. we must receive your email no later than midnight on Monday 23rd May

Obviously, we’re keen for you to use your app development skills to actually build apps, perhaps funded by AppsArabia?

The trainer will be coming from Atlanta’s Big Nerd Ranch Co., a company that works closely with Apple (and previously NEXT).

You will learn how to …

  • create iPhone applications that use Core Location (GPS, Cell Tower Triangulation, Wifi Access Point Location) to pinpoint a user’s location
  • localize applications for international use
  • swap out different interfaces (windows) with animation
  • display data in tables
  • create applications that can record audio and play short sounds and full audio files
  • store data as files or SQLite databases
  • handle warnings from the phone so applications don’t get shut down
  • handle touch and complex multi-touch sequences
  • draw with Core Graphics
  • animate user interfaces with Core Animation
  • create an application that can access the user’s photos or use the camera to take new photos for use within the application
  • use the accelerometer to detect changes in the device’s orientation
  • pull data from a web service for use in an application
  • create applications that access and modify the user’s Address Book through a standard or customized interface
  • maintain a preference file for an application
  • use Instruments to profile an application

ABM is the Apple Authorised Distributor in the region and one of the very few companies that are able to provide such courses. This is a wonderful opportunity – you’ll learn new skills and how to improve your existing development talents.

Many thanks to our friends at ABM and Apple for providing us with this opportunity!

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Here’s a great article on Mashable which gives some insight into what the global smartphone market might look like in 2015, courtesy of insight from Gartner.

    Key points are:

  • Microsoft Windows Phone 7 will overtake Apple iOS market share by 2015
  • Android will control nearly 50% of the mobile smartphone market within two years
  • iOS will actually peak in market share this year at 19.4%, then drop to 18.9% next year and 17.2% by 2015
  • BlackBerry is destined for a slow decline, dropping from 13.4% this year to 11.1% in 2015

Click here to read the article.

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Continuing the saga of Kali & Mat’s relationship, here is the latest episode: “Ugly Scene At The Art Gallery”. More episodes to come …

Please post comments on this blog post to let us know what you think – and don’t forget to tell all your friends ;-)

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Nearly 10% mobile growth in MEA … and 1 in 12 handsets sold in the region in Q4 was a smartphone!

Nokia E7 with Symbian 3

Check out this article from Gulf News for more.

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We’re very pleased to announce that our first project, Kalimat, is now live in the App Store. Click here to get it.

Kalimat is an addictive multiplayer word game with a difference. Click here to find out more about the game and see the video of how Kali & Mat’s dinner date was disrupted.

Please post comments on this blog post to let us know what you think of the app!

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