How to ask for access correctly?

Brenden Mulligan, the author of the article, is one of LaunchKit creators, a tool set for iOS developers. He also works on a mobile and web-app Cluster which allows to create personal networks on the basis of common interests and experience. Also, Brenden is the author of ArtistData and OneSheet projects.

Cluster has become my first mobile native app. Working on it, I’ve realized that I’ve learned so many things including those not concerning web. When you create a web-app, you only create a page for visitors. But when you develop a native app, you not only offer people to download something, but also ask them to give you access to their location and personal data. And these are very different relationships. Continue reading “How to ask for access correctly?”

Investigation of TOP app screenshots in App Store

If you release an app and make screenshots for it, you ask yourself the questions:


  • Should I do a portrait or album orientation?
  • Should I use an iPhone? A white or a black one?
  • Should there be captions on screenshots?


If you do something from the above mentioned, will it affect app featuring by Apple?

In order to find answers to the questions, Appbot company decided to examine 2 app TOPs for iPhone, a free and a paid one, and the apps which Apple featured in the USA. Obviously, it’s only a layer relevant for a period of time and AppStore changes constantly. Continue reading “Investigation of TOP app screenshots in App Store”

How to make a great video for an app page in App Store

Today we will share with you our experience of how to create a video for App Store page. What can a developer do? What can you outsource? What features would be better to refuse from?

A video in an app description is arranged on the place of the first screenshot and in App Store search it’s on the most visible place.

You can choose any frame you want for the preview. It’s possible to upload the video and screenshots only while updating. You can upload different videos for various devices, but you can’t localize them yet: only one video for all the languages. We hope that they’ll eliminate this injustice some time. Continue reading “How to make a great video for an app page in App Store”

10 alternatives for Google Play

Next step after you’ve made a cool app for Android is to make money on it. You may choose a common way to pay $25 and get to Google Play. But there is a plenty of various options. Each of them has their own users who may bring you lots of installs.

Some of the listed stores has a little bit smaller audience but others are more localized. Some of them don’t even need payment for admitting an app on the store. So it would be a great advantage to have your app listed on different stores. Continue reading “10 alternatives for Google Play”

App review sites

People pay a lot of attention to app reviews in App Store and Google Play as they help them to choose the right one. Along with app screenshots and description, for sure. Yes, the most important thing for an app is to be in the first lines of Top Charts. But there isn’t enough place for all the apps as there are millions of them while Top Charts aren’t numerous. And in every Top Chart there are only 100 apps. There are also Featured apps and any app can get to this category. Some say you still need to have some friends in Apple. Or your app must be really innovative which is hard to achieve. Continue reading “App review sites”