Traveling home for the holidays, you put up with a lot. An uncomfortable pullout couch. Visions of maniacal sugar plum fairies manifested by too much eggnog and mom’s jello surprise. Uncle Jimmy’s incessant yammering about gout and his latest root canal. But hey, you’re with family, so it’s all worth it.
Holiday guest users aren’t as forgiving, and you can expect a lot of them to drop by your mobile app in the very near future.
Mobile downloads are the new tradition
Christmas Day 2012 set a single-day download record and mobile devices are once again topping holiday wish lists and gift guides. If last year’s numbers are any indication, expect a rush of users to blissfully download apps to their new devices well into January. Getting them to register and stick with your app is a bigger challenge. Continue reading
Listen up, mobile app developers: We’ve got an exciting chance for you to win up to $45,000 in prizes in the 2013 Chupamobile App Developer Competition.
Here’s the lowdown
Chupamobile is a marketplace where mobile devs can buy and sell source code for apps, mobile games and components, and templates to build applications.
Show off your coding skills and creativity to enter this year’s mobile coding contest sponsored by Kii. Here’s how it works:
- Choose your best game, full app or components.
- Publish your source code to Chupamobile with competition2013 as one of the tags.
- Once your entry’s approved, it’s in the running to win.
Added perk: You can start earning revenue from the first day your source code is published. Buyers on the Chupa marketplace are looking for high-impact, scalable, server-backed components just like the ones you’re developing on Kii Cloud.
Kii is excited to sponsor this competition because we believe that a strong backend like Kii Cloud allows app developers to develop more reusable components — so they can both highlight their coding skills and also to maximize their earnings potential in the Chupa marketplace. Chupa buyers (other app developers) are hungry for these reusable components that allow them to make apps more quickly and efficiently.
Get more chances to win
Having trouble deciding what to publish? Multiple submissions are encouraged, giving you more chances to win! You can also win $500 by sharing the contest on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for details, check out all the prizes, and see contest terms and conditions.
We’d love to see a developer building on Kii Cloud take home the grand prize, so submit your code and enter for your chance to win today!
Hurry! The contest ends January 28, 2014.
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China’s burgeoning app market is the next hot frontier for mobile games, with revenues expected to surpass $1.2 billion by the end of 2013. Driving the trend are the proliferation of smart devices in what is now the world’s largest mobile app market.
China’s infrastructure is supporting the smartphone explosion with expansion of cellular and wi-fi networks. Moreover, local payment options and restructured carrier billing choices have made it easier to charge mobile app users. For you, it means more Chinese users are ditching browser-based and social games for mobile. Continue reading
Free trials in the tech world are nothing new. They’ve long been used to get a critical mass of potential customers in the door quickly. The idea is to hook users on your app during a trial period so they won’t be able to live without it when it’s time to fork over some cash. Free trials also level the playing field for independent developers because they make it “safe” for users to experiment with unfamiliar apps from unfamiliar companies.
When can I offer a free trial?
As a developer, you need to be familiar with app store submission guidelines. They’ll shape how you decide to offer a free trial.
It seems like mobile developers spend more time naming their applications than I spent choosing a name for my son, and with good reason. Having the right name is critical to your app’s success. So, what do I mean by the right name and how do you make sure your app has it?
A great name is a user magnet
The “right name” will make it easier for users to find your app in the app store and through search engines. Along with your logo, it also stands out in a list of search results, motivating users to click into your full description and download.
We’ve got another chance to visit London for our “Kii Hackfest: Life, Connected“. Kii sponsored the event submitting a challenge to encourage developers involved or interested in IoT (“Internet of Things”) to try a solid, scalable back-end like Kii Cloud to power the next generation of connected apps.
Cloud and IoT feel like a perfect match since an enormous number of devices connected to internet provide many kinds of services and produce huge amount of data and information that can be aggregated, managed, and analyzed on the cloud. Kii Cloud is perfect to provide the back-end for the data and Kii Analytics provides the necessary insight to slice and dice the information sent by connected devices.
This time, with a combined 2500 pounds, we gave away the best prizes and made sure we attracted the best teams!!
We selected two projects for 1st and 2nd prize that showed us some of the many possible use cases of Kii Cloud in IoT.
- First prize - Guardian
- Guardian allows carers or concerned relatives to look after disabled, elderly or otherwise vulnerable people by monitoring the active state of TV’s, ovens, kettles, washing machines and exterior doors. The project was not only the winner of Kii’s first prize but it was also the overall top winner of the hackfest. Guardian used Kii Cloud exclusively!
- Second prize - Day in a Box
- An interesting concept of UI that brings together certain domestic rituals to help people live smarter and extend their personal resources.
We learned a lot from the event and appreciate the feedback and support from all the people involved (including teams and organizers). We saw applications around smart homes, cars, cities and health systems and a strong telco presence with special interest in IoT.
The future is here! Why not use the power of the cloud in your next connected app?
We recently put together our list of the top 10 mobile app complaints that can make or break an app. Most revolved around the importance of creating an amazing user experience, but some naysayers wanted more proof. How’s this? If you don’t get the UX right, you could be sending one third of your business to direct competitors.
A CompuWare study from earlier this year revealed the impact on mobile app success when users aren’t thrilled, and it isn’t pretty:
Once again I had the privilege to interview another winner - Radu Trandafir, who took second place at the Kii Cloud App Challenge.
Radu’s Path is an Android game where you have 60 seconds to collect as many points as possible by making paths with circles of the same color. You can make loops to get more points and upgrade your power-ups (which you use to get more points until the time expires).
I asked Radu about his background and his experience working with Kii. Here’s the transcript. Enjoy!
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Could mobile app metrics impede your success? You bet, especially if they’re not really metrics.
Last year Mixpanel co-founder and CEO Suhail Doshi called for an end to “bullshit metrics”—often called “vanity metrics”—because they fail to measure actual user engagement or provide meaningful insights that drive a business forward. Mixpanel investor Marc Andreessen vocally backed Doshi, but not everyone was as quick to dismiss the importance of reporting on total registered users, for example.
Our point of view is more in line with that of Greylock principal Josh Elman who said, “There are no bullshit metrics as long as they represent the business in the right way. And any metrics that don’t represent the business are automatically BS.”