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Who?, What?, Why?, When?

The Appjudge blog was set up on the 23rd of September 2009, and while the site initially covered a handful of Apps, the blog soon ran into disrepair. However, in the latter part of May 2010, Appjudge was re established, and the posts have been churned out ever since. The main goal behind Appjudge is to give a way of rating some of the many thousands of Apps that are available to the consumer. As you can imagine, the top 25 chart on the Appstore only highlights a few Apps, some of which are bad, and therefore it is easy to disregard the thousands of other Apps that are available. I’ve tried to handpick a number of Apps, good and bad, so you know which Apps to pick and which to avoid.

The site not only features reviews, but news and general posts about Apple and their products. I also have a monthly feature, Disposable App of the month, in which I pick an App which has a unique feature, which makes it worth downloading, but it is unlikely to stay on your iDevice. As well as this, the site has a Support page, which covers the basics, from downloading an App, and all the way to troubleshooting your Apple device.

The posting schedule will vary due to real word commitments, but I do try to publish a post at least every five days.

I also run another blog, Media Distilled, which covers a broader range of topics, all encompassed under the media. Check it out at, www.mediadistilled.wordpress.com

Contact Appjudge

Think that the blog can be improved?, Reckon you have a new feature? or do you simply want to suggest an App to review? Send your words of wisdom to

Email : tomwbagshaw@gmail.com

Twitter: Appjudge_wp

I am also keen to hear from App developers. If you have an App that you would like to me to review, contact me at the above email address.

A potted history of the App Store

The Appstore that we all take for granted, has recently reached it’s secondbirthday, so it’s only fitting that we take a look back at how it all began… On July 11th 2008, the App store opened it’s doors for the first time, with an initial 500 apps, of which 125 were free. The store was made accessible  via an itunes and firmware update to the 2.0 software. A day later, the iPhone 3G was launched , preloaded with the 2.0 software and support for the app store. Prior to the launch, the iPhone Software Development Kit, S.D.K for short, was released on March 6th. This allowed people to develop application for the iphone and ipod touch, however each application requires a signature from Apple before they can be unleashed onto the public. The developer gets 70 percent of the revenue, while Apple gets the other 30 percent. While Apple initially thought they would gain little profit from the app store, some believe that the company could now be receiving up to 1 billion dollars annually in revenue.

Milestones

The growth of the App store, has not only surprised us, it took Apple by surprise too. Below are some of the key milestones in the amazing growth of the Appstore.
Date Available Apps Downloads to date
July 11, 2008 500 0
July 14, 2008 800 10,000,000
September 9, 2008 3,000 55,000,000
October 22, 2008 7,500 200,000,000
December 5, 2008 10,000 300,000,000
January 16, 2009 15,000 500,000,000
March 17, 2009 25,000 800,000,000
April 23, 2009 35,000 1,000,000,000
June 8, 2009 50,000 1,000,000,000+
July 11, 2009 55,000 1,000,000,000+
July 14, 2009 65,000 1,500,000,000
September 9, 2009 75,000 1,800,000,000
September 28, 2009 85,000 2,000,000,000
November 4, 2009 100,000 2,000,000,000+
January 5, 2010 120,000 3,000,000,000+
March 20, 2010 150,000+ 3,000,000,000+
April 8, 2010 185,000+ 4,000,000,000+
April 29, 2010 200,000+ 4,500,000,000+
June 7, 2010 225,000+ 5,000,000,000+

Apple began a 1 billon download competition, to celebrate the store’s success. The billionth app downloaded was Bump, by 13-year-old Connor Mulcahey. The lucky kid from Weston, Connecticut won a MacBook Pro, a 32 gb iPod Touch, a Time Capsule and a 10,000 dollar itunes gift card- not bad for downloading a free App!

Controversies

Of course, with all successful things, there will always be controversies- and the App store is no exception. One part of the App store that has come under particular scrutiny, is the way Apple handles the approval process of applications. Applications are subject to approval by Apple, as outlined in the SDK agreement, for basic reliability testing and other analysis. Apps can be rejected for any number of reasons, one major reason that is outlined in the agreement, is that Apps must not duplicate the functions of the iPhone. An example could be an App that duplicates the features of the default SMS app and Apps have also been known to be rejected for copying the features of iTunes.

I am Rich

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I am Rich was an application that was released in August 2008 and was described by the creator, Armin Heinrich, as “a work of art with no hidden function at all”.  The app was sold in the App store for $999.99, €799.99 and £599.99, with the sole purpose being to show other people that you could afford it. When launched, the screen only contained a glowing red gem and a button, that when pressed, displayed the following text in a large font. I am Rich, I Deserve it, I am good, Healthy &, Successful The application was pulled from the store on the same day of it’s release, but not without 8 people purchasing the app, one claiming it to be an accidently purchase. The 8 downloads have reportedly earned the developer $5,600, which he claims Apple have yet to pay him. On February 23rd 2009, a similar app, called “I am Richer” appeared on the Android’s Marketplace for the cost of $200, the highest price point allowed by Google. So far, the App has remained on the marketplace.

Baby Shaker

Baby Shaker In April 2009, a new controversial game, called Baby Shaker, hit the scenes. The app required the user to shake the phone until the cartoon baby died. The app was originally approved by Apple, however user complaints soon saw the App died a pre mature death.

Newspapers

Newspapers In May 2009, Apple rejected yet another App, this time, Newspapers, which allowed users to read content from 50 plus newspapers from around the world. One newspaper that was featured in the App, was The Sun and it was the Page 3 topless feature that caught the attention of Apple. The App was removed from the store, however the developers have bounced back and a new version of newspapers is out, excluding access to The Sun, but including a 59p charge.

Google Apps

This is probably the biggest of the lot and is still ongoing as you read this. In July 2009, Google released Latitude as a web app, rather than a full blown application. The explanation for this was some what confusing, with Google releasing the following statement. “We worked closely with Apple to bring Latitude to the iPhone in a way Apple thought would be best for iPhone users. After we developed a Latitude application for the iPhone, Apple requested we release Latitude as a web application in order to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone, which uses Google to serve maps tiles.” One could argue that, Google Earth, a full fledge application for the iPhone/iPod Touch could be confused with the default Maps application that ships as part of the OS. Furthermore, Google Voice has been removed from the App store. The FCC is investigating this incident as a possible example of anticompetitive behavior from Apple and possibly AT&T.

And now…

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And now, following the popularity of the App Store, competitors have rushed to develop their own software stores. Palm Inc. has published an application store for Palm device and announced the App Catalog for webOS on the Palm Pre that was released on June 6, 2009. Another platform, Android Market is used in conjunction with OHA’s Android operating system. Microsoft has announced Windows Marketplace for Mobile, an application store for their Windows Mobile platform. Nokia has released The “Ovi Store” for its S60 and S40 based mobile devices. RIM also launched its application store BlackBerry App World. With over 75 thousand Applications for users to download, the App store is definitely a feature that is set to stay and it will be the benchmark, from which all similar App Stores are judged. Can Apple hold it’s dominance in the App arena? Well, they have a good head start, but only time will tell…

3 responses

6 06 2010
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7 06 2010
appjudge

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21 07 2010
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