After Android App Development: How To Popularize Your App On Google Play

Along with the iOS, Android is one of the most profitable mobile platform. While Apple is the dominant player in the US and other developing markets, Android mobiles have a huge customer base all over the world. So, developing an app for Android is a good idea. But with over 600,000 apps, the Google Play app store is an easy place for your application to get lost. On the app store, hundreds of new apps are clamoring for attention every day. How do you make your app stand out? Here are three ways you can popularize your app on Google Play.

Parallel App Marketing with Development

Don’t wait until you finish developing the app – start marketing while the development process is going on. The least you can do is set up a website about the blog. You can promote the concept of the blog on social media sites. Going one step further, you can write articles, guest posts, and reviews on topics and products related to the Android app that you are building. This will help you gain visibility on the Internet and make people familiar with the idea of your app.

Get a lot of tongues wagging about your app before you release it and you can count on a strong start after launch. But all the promotion that you do through social media and blog posting needs to be pertinent. Writing lots of blogs on lifestyle blogs won’t be very useful if you are creating a business app. Similarly, promoting a games or entertainment app on LinkedIn may not be a smart idea: Facebook and Twitter would be more useful in such a case.

SEO for Google Play Page

After you have submitted the app, it will have its own page on the Google Play store. Many people will reach this page through the links in your articles, blog posts and social media updates. You have just a few seconds to convey the worthiness of your app. For this, all the information on this page has to be perfect. In order to make it easy for the users, name your app smartly – the name should clearly reflect the purpose of the app. Also, create a memorable and attractive icon to represent your app. Pepper the page with high-resolution screenshots of the app.

As you do not have a lot of space for content on the page, you must be extremely careful with the keywords you use. The best practice is using broad search terms related to your app and its offerings. Use a simple description with bullet points to convey all the information about the app quickly.

Involve your Employees, Friends and Family

The first couple of days on Google Play can make or break your app. Not really, but they are still crucial. Most people downloading apps take into account the ratings of your app. The Google Play store will also keep an eye on how many downloads you are getting in the first few days. It will also track the ratings. If your app gets a good number of downloads and has good ratings, there is a chance that it will be placed in the Top list on Trending, Best Selling or Staff Picks section.

Ask your friends, team and family to give 5-star ratings to the apps, and tell them to ask their friends to do the same. Ensure a high number of downloads by requesting trusted people to download the app. Keep an eye on negative reviews and try to quickly remove any bugs that have crept into the app. If you make it to the features lists, the popularity of your app will skyrocket and you can hope to make a big splash on Google Play.

Best Free Android Apps to Help With Your Finances

This article focuses on the very best free Android finance apps. What can finance apps do and how will they help? Basically, for a short, all-encompassing answer: all these Android apps concentrate on money and if they are used, they will help you save some cash!

The debate of whether to pay for Android apps will continue forever. That’s a decision that needs to be made by you, the individual, and whether you think the paid version is worth $X.XX to you. Will it give you that amount of enjoyment or will it save you more money than you paid for it? These are good questions to ask yourself before you jump in and pay for an Android app.

Since we’re talking about finance apps that can save you money, it would be pretty ironic if I were pushing paid apps. Sure there are some amazing Android finance apps that cost money (many of which I would heavily endorse- but that’s for another day), but if the goal of downloading them is to save money, there’s no better way than to start off with nothing invested! Here they are: some of the best free Android apps that will help you with your finances!

Quote Pro

Get the latest stock quotes and news while being able to get very detailed information on the stocks you’re interested in (or the ones you own). This helpful free Android app also allows you to create and track your portfolio(s). While this app isn’t going to blow anyone away by the dozens of additional features that you may or may not want, its core functionality works extremely well.

Tip Calculator by TradeFields

This is another Android app that simply isn’t going to go beyond what it’s good at. This works perfectly as a tip calculator for anyone who wants (or needs) one. There are literally 100s of these tip calculator apps available and this one is the best. Why? For me, it has the best UI and is really foolproof. If you can dial a phone number, you can calculate everyone’s share of the 17.5% tip for the $127.56 dinner bill!

PayPal

This is a very useful free Android app for all of the 10s of millions of PayPal users worldwide. With this app, you can do all the same things you normally do on PayPal. But now, by paying for an item as soon as it’s allowable, you can help expedite the shipping process. You never know, this may not impact you at all for dozens of transactions and then the next time, you’ll get that amazing skin cream on Friday instead of having to wait till Monday! Trust me, after you’ve had this app for a while, it’s just nice to have access to PayPal 24/7.

Currency Converter

If you’re travelling abroad and want to have some peace of mind about the money conversion, you should download a free currency app. Why download just a random currency app when you can download the best of the best- for free?!? This Android app, developed by Pocketools, can provide you an extremely simple currency calculator in a very basic user interface. However, if you desire more currency information, this app can do that too: you can view currency trends over a 5 year period, graph any currency against any other, convert any currency to another (all currencies of the world are available on this app) or do just about any other thing you can think of if it involves any of the world’s currencies.

Mileage

This isn’t what you would typically think of as a finance app, right? It’s not, but it is. Most importantly, it can help you save money if you choose to dig deep into the information it provides you. It will track your vehicle’s gas consumption in a number of different ways that can be helpful if you’re trying to cut costs and your fuel usage. This app’s UI is very sleek and the data is very easy to read and interpret. It’s eerily fun and potentially a money-saving Android app!

Finance

This generic name represents the power of the developer of this Android app. It’s Google and this app provides real-time stock quotes. The UI is very solid; like most things Google, it isn’t flashy, but gets the job done nicely. If you’re a Google Finance user and you’ve loaded up a portfolio, this app will be a “game changer” as it’s fully synchronized and gives you access to everything as if you were on your home computer.

Personal Finance by PageOnce

This is a great Android app if you have many banking/credit card accounts and crave the ability to be able to stay on top of them from one easy-to-use source. This finance app is really well built and the UI is very pleasing to the eye. This is one of those apps that just keeps going. What do I mean? Well, the more you use it, the more features you’ll find and the more ideas you’ll have to utilize it! IMO, it’s a must have.

Financisto

This is another personal finance manager app. Like the other apps of this type, there are functions galore! It allows you to add many different types of accounts (checking, credit, savings- and multiple ones of each kind) into the manager, schedule and monitor recurring payments, create a budget (short term, long term or even set up a “project” which would be great for vacations) and filter what types of information you want to view during normal viewing or when checking out one of the many reports available. Amazingly, there is much more that this free Android app is capable of!

I’m leaving out some great Android apps, right? What about the huge banks’ and insurance companies’ Android apps?

*Of course, every major bank, credit card company and insurance company out there today have created their own Android app. What do they do? Well, essentially they’re all the same: these Android apps make it easier for their customers to manage their accounts and learn the latest about the company and its offerings. What’s the best thing? There’s a tie: they’ll make your life easier and they’re all free to download!

To list all these would really be beyond pointless as they’re all very similar and are only worthwhile to download if you’re a customer of the company. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t make use of them and you shouldn’t use them! I would suggest that you download and take advantage of as many of these Android apps that make sense for you. Having an up-to-the-minute balance for your checking account may just prevent you from those dreaded, expensive overdraft fees. Not a terribly bad thing for a $0 investment!

Android Apps Alert

Google had recently announced the number of Android related applications that has been downloaded from the android market. The number is a whooping 3 billion applications. This shows just how many Android users there is in the world and how the application makers are corresponding to their demands of innovative and creative application for their Android phone. The number would definitely move up to a higher level however with the increase of Android users and their seemingly never-ending demand on new applications.

There are sites like Androinica.com that reviews new and updated applications each week in the Android Market. The theme for the review is different every week because there is simply too many applications to review in the Android Market. There are some really great application that is being reviewed this week about mobile banking and file syncing along with printing from your phone. These extended features of your Android phone are some really great application to take closer look at.

A new game app in android called Geocaching is going to rock your world. In this game you can leave hidden treasures in places you want and let other people with the same application installed to try to find it. You are required to leave clues and GPS coordinates to help people finding your hidden treasure. The game’s popularity is increasing rapidly among many people who like adventure. You can get a group of friends or club together and play this game inside the city or even in the wilderness. The environment difficulty level is entirely up to you as you can set your own stage and clue difficulty levels. This game is brought to your Android phone by Garmin OpenCaching. The company designed the game to display a map with some points as clues as to where the cache is hidden. You can tap a map point to open another page that will inform you of the clues needed to discover the hidden treasure. It is a really great application for those of you who like outdoor activity and adventure.

Another new application for your Android phone as an alternative for Google’s CloudPrint, Hewlett Packard had joined the competition with its new HP ePrint service. By using this service you can take pictures or select some from a gallery or any other image data container you Android phone or other data source can come up with and remotely print them on your house or office printer or even to any other public printer nearby. With this service, you can go to just about anyone who would be willing to let you print on their printer and print away.

While the Bank of America is the only bank that offers an official application for the Android back in 2008, the rapid growth of Android phone for the last couple of years had made many other banks to have official application service to your Android. The BB&T had also join the game now with their new official application service for Android that offers you with services like balance viewer, bills payment, between accounts money transfer, and a very handy feature to locate the nearest BB&T ATMs or banks.

With all the new applications on the Android Market, SugarSync updated their application product this week with new AutoSync feature that will allow constant auto tune service for your mobile phone and cloud locker. The SugarSync itself is an application that allows you to upload files to the cloud and allowing access to them for other people via a wireless device. With this application, you can set your app to upload new photos taken or any file that is saved to your SugarSync acc automatically.