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Free Versus Fee Business Model

Posted Posted by admin in iPhone 3GS, iPhone Apps, iPhone app development     Comments 1 comment
Mar
12

As most of you may know, we are currently deep in the development of our next iPhone application. In the course of the development process, the million dollar question of which business model to adopt in the sale of the app naturally came up.

This has since developed into a serious topic of discussion and we are now considering a change in our business model – from the existing paid download model to a (riskier, some might say) ad-driven, free app model.

So, we checked out the various mobile ad networks that are available and came across AdWhirl (www.adwhirl.com). Now, AdWhirls is not actually a mobile ad provider – instead, it is sort of an ads provider “aggregator” that allows you to serve ads from any ad network – the range of networks include AdMob, JumpTap, Millennial, Quattro Wireless, and VideoEgg. If we do go ahead with the free app model, AdWhirl is quite likely the platform that we will be implementing.

Incidentally, Google announced (see blog article here) in November 2009 that it was acquiring AdMob (which owns AdWhirl) whilst Ad Mob competitor, Quattro Wireless, is being bought by Apple (see article).

Surely, these acquisitions by Google and Apple, who are now competing head to head with their smartphone offerings  - Nexus One and iPhone is an indication of the shape of things to come.

3 billion Apps Downloaded!

Posted Posted by admin in Technology, iPhone Apps, iPhone app development     Comments No comments
Jan
7

Amidst the buzz after the Tuesday launch of Nexus One, Google’s first Android-based phone, Apple released a media statement on the same saying that 3 billion apps have been downloaded since the launch of the App Store 18 months ago. Its really quite mind boggling. You can read the Apple media statement here.

Google Phone Unveiled!

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Jan
6

The buzz in the US mobile market since the new year began has been on the unveiling of the Google phone on Tuesday. Its called the Nexus One and there’s been so much news about it that I just had to put up a post on it.

The Google phone is manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese maker of HTC phones and Google is selling the phone online (get it here) for USD529 or USD179, if you don’t mind being tied to a 2-year contract with T-Mobile.

Online reviews and news (see articles here, here and here) have so far been relatively positive. However, most have correctly pointed out the lack of apps in the Android app market compared to the 100,000-odd applications available on the App Store. This article (link to article) provides a pretty decent round up of some of the reviews so far.

Personally, as a consumer I think any competition for the iPhone and smartphones in general is good – it will certainly drive all existing phone makers to improve the way their phones work. However, as an iPhone app developer, it probably means I will have to start learning how to develop apps on the Android OS in the forseeable future.

 

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