Archive for the ‘Application Publishing’ Category

Planet in a Bottle Reaches 200k Downloads, Updates to Come

Friday, March 25th, 2011

I just wanted to thank everyone for playing all my games, but especially Planet in a Bottle. I woke up and refreshed my developer console this morning to show 200,445 total downloads for the game. I really never thought folks would be this interested in my humble game, and while it’s no Angry Birds, I’m still proud of how well it’s done in the past year. So, thank you to all of the fans!

In honor of this milestone, I am working on some updates that will include some bug fixes, graphics updates, and a couple surprises I think you will like. Look for it in the next couple days.

Adam Gates Stealing Games and Hurting Indie Devs

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Several people have brought to my attention that the developer Adam Gates has reverse engineered one of my games and rereleased it under his own developer name and AdMob ID. Investigating further, I found his other apps all seem to be rip-offs as well. I know that there are solutions to protect application published in the Android Market, but I have chosen not to protect my apps with copy protection or Google’s licensing service because I would like people to have the freedom to share my games however they want. However, it saddens me to say that this situation may give me no choice but to lock them up as much as possible.

I know that independent Android game developers love what they do. It’s not for the money, but ideally, we would all make enough to support ourselves fully from these games enabling us to continue to produce fun and innovative games. I would hate to see this problem go unchecked and keep hurting this market.

So, if you can, rate his games low and comment that they are in direct copyright violation of original games. Also, please send an email to Google to try to raise awareness to this issue and the harm it is causing to good developers.

[Update]
Google has removed the violating app. However, it looks like he still has plenty of rip-offs still available. How long until Google will shut this guy down?

Other victims of Adam Gates:
http://blog.electricgoat.net/2010/09/stealing-games-to-make-money/
http://blog.electricgoat.net/2010/09/is-google-doing-any-cleanup-of-the-android-market/
http://groups.google.com/group/android-developers/browse_thread/thread/b493c24fbe9745a1/d0046c876742e089

Android App Updates: Get to the Top of the “Just in” List

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I noticed that when I push a new update for one of my apps, it bumps it to the top of the “Just in” list for my category.  When I tried the same for my newer app it didn’t promote it the same way.  I decided to do some research and found that if you wait about a week between your updates, the Android Market will bump you to the top. That’s actually pretty convenient for a smaller app since a good dev cycle including plenty of testing is about a week (at least for me), and discourages posting constant trivial updates just to continue to stay at the top of the list.

Why is this feature in the Android Market a good thing? People are constantly looking for new content, new games, and updates. You would think it’s kind of cheating to bump yourself to the top of the “Just in” list every week, but it’s really a good thing for developers as well as end users. It ensures that applications that are under active development get exposure while stale ones bubble down to oblivion and also promoting bug fixes and feature additions for anyone wanting the attention. It is a necessity especially in the Android Market with the store becoming flooded with duplicate and garbage applications.