6 Ways to Ensure App Quality for Android Apps
AppsGeyser lets you turn any web content or HTML into an app. That doesn’t mean that every piece of HTML that is made into an app should be added to Android Market and marketed to the hilt. Some apps need fine-tuning or even big improvements before they go hit the big time.
It’s important to be sure your app is high quality before adding it to Android Market, as Google has been cracking down on low-quality apps. Once an app is removed from Android Market, getting it back in can be difficult, and new apps from the same developer account may be screened more carefully than regular apps.
How do I decide when to put my app in Android Market?
To decide when to put your app in Android Market, answer the following questions:
- Will it look nice on an Android phone?
- Does my app work correctly?
- Is someone likely to want or need what I offer from a mobile platform?
- A corollary to #3 – Is the information or functionality offered in my app the part of my website or service that is likely to be needed by someone who isn’t sitting in front of their home or office computer?
- Is this app better or cheaper than other apps that do the same thing in Android Market? (Or does the app give unique content?)
- Would my friends or colleagues be interested in downloading my app?
If you answered ‘yes’ to all the questions above, then go for it! Add your app to Android Market, spend time and effort marketing it, and expect great results. Be especially careful regarding the first two questions. If your app doesn’t work correctly and size correctly for a phone, it is likely to be removed from Android Market. If you answered ‘no’ for any of the other questions, it’s time to take a good look at your app and see if you can make some improvements. When you’ve made the right improvements, and you can answer ‘yes’ to all of the questions above, you’ll have a high quality app!
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Should I sell my App or Give it away for Free?
Everyone wants to make a buck. When you make an app, you think you should be able to sell it. Not every app should be sold, though. Some apps are best given away. There are a few ways to make money with free apps, too. These are some of the things you should consider before putting a price tag on your app. We’ll talk about how to decide how to price your app in a future post.
- Is the app a store or advertisement for something else? If so, it’s not fair to charge people for it. If the app is announcing a bunch of tracks on iTunes with samples, the app should be free. If the app encourages people to buy things at an online store, it should be free.
- Does your app support your main business? If your app is designed to support a brick-and-mortar business like a shop by helping people place orders or find your location, you shouldn’t sell it. You should give it away.
- Does the app give a service that is free on the web? If so, it’s likely to be a hard sell, unless your app allows access to something inaccessible.
- Is there competition? Is the competition free? Is your app significantly better than the competition’s? If not, don’t bet on being able to sell a lot. You can try a paid version and a free version, and run ads in your free version.
- Are you solving a pain for people? If you’re solving a real pain that people have, people are likely to pay for it, especially if no one else solves it as well or as cheaply.
- Is your app really fun and exciting? If your app is really cool and trendy, people are likely to be willing to pay for it.
Naming a Million-Dollar App
Let’s say you’ve developed the most fantastic app in the world. It’s exactly what everyone needs. It does something fantastic that people have been waiting for their Androids to do for months or even years! It’s beautiful to look at. It’s easy to use. The next thing to do is give it the right name. The name has to do one important thing:
It has to tell people what the app is or does.
Everything else is secondary. It can be pretty or flowery or gimmicky, but if it doesn’t tell people what the app does, it’s not a good name.
If the app is a faster way to log in to Facebook, then it should be called Facebook-Fast Login or Facebook Speed Login or Speedy Facebook Login. Whatever name it has, it needs to say exactly what the app is and does.
If the app is a way to read mail from Gmail and Hotmail at the same time, it should be called Gmail and Hotmail Reader. Call it something gimmicky like GHotmail-Reader and people won’t find it or know what it is when they do. If there is one thing you take away from this post, let it be this – it’s more important for the name to tell people what your app does than for it to be a catchy name.
If the app is a game, the name should describe what happens in the game, so that people don’t describe the game as “that game with the yellow balls that fly up and you have to catch them.” If people don’t remember the name of the game, their friends won’t download it. Everyone remembers Pong. Everyone remembers Pac-Man. Think of short names that sound like what’s happening in the game.
Here are some important things to keep in mind:
- Try to keep the name short. Two or three word names are best, but some apps might really need four or five words to explain what they do.
- Follow grammatical rules. People remember things better when they’re grammatical.
- Spell keywords correctly. If you misspell words, they won’t show up in search. ‘Howse Bilder’ may look cute, but ‘House Builder’ is a search term.
Remember that it’s very important to take your time choosing an app’s name. Once an app is in the Android Market, it is possible to change the description. Changing the app itself is called upgrading, and it’s an easy process. Changing the app’s name, on the other hand, isn’t allowed. The only way to do it is to create an entirely new app with a new name, description, and screenshots.