Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Thanks for the reviews!

We're really overwhelmed by all the reviews AppBrain has gotten over the past few days. Especially great to see that the reviews come from so many different countries! We are working hard on extending AppBrain to include apps that are available outside the US, and to also extend the selection beyond Android 1.6.

Here's a (incomplete) list of reviews we have seen so far:
  • "Should you Download AppBrain Market Sync? Yes!" - Androidtapp
  • "AppBrain.com goes a step farther by allowing you to sync your apps from the desktop to you phone and vice versa!" - Android Operating System
  • "Appbrain: Android market wie er sein sollte" - Der Leitweg
  • "Ich kann die App nur empfehlen und auch die Entwickler AppTornado GmbH (Swiss Codemonkeys) sind keine Unbekannten im Android Umfeld." - Android Now
  • "AppBrain Market Sync offre un servizio molto utile agli utenti di Android" - Geekissimo
  • "Jag hittade en intressant tjänst med namnet AppBrain som gör att du kan installera Android apps från dator" - Smartmobile
  • "AppBrain est un site web fournissant un accès facilité à l'Android Market." - Romandroid
  • "AppBrain nos ofrece un nuevo servicio muy interesante para mantener sincronizadas y organizar nuestras aplicaciones" - El Androide Libre
We also would like to thank our users for posting great suggestions in the "Feedback" tab on the side of the AppBrain site. We're working hard on launching as many improvements as we can!

Best regards,

The AppBrain team.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

AppBrain.com launched

One of the most important aspects of modern smartphones is the extensibility through applications, or 'apps'. Apple's iPhone platform is well known for it's tremendous number of applications, well over 100,000.

The Android platform, which is quite a bit younger, has also crossed the count of 20,000 apps recently. Even though this is less than Apple's iPhone, navigating those apps has become quite a challenge. The only way for a phone owner to select and install apps is through the official "Android Market" application, which only exists on the phone.

A workaround was provided by a number of third-party sites which allowed to browse the android market information from a web browser. The extra space on the screen provides a clear benefit for browsing apps.
However, when it comes to installing apps, clumsy methods such as searching the app again in the market app, or using a 2D-barcode had to be used.

Today we announce the "AppBrain" platform. AppBrain (www.appbrain.com) allows the user to browse and select apps directly from the web browser and easily install them on the phone with an associated native Android app.
The website offers features like fast and relevant search, popularity lists, changelogs of apps and statistics per developer. On top of that, it specifically makes app selection easier by converting foreign currencies of paid apps, and showing related apps.

The associated app for the Android phone offers a unique functionality to synchronize the installed apps to your user account. After that, a user can install and deinstall apps with single click, share the installed list of apps on facebook or twitter, and build additional lists of apps he is interested in, but doesn't want to install directly.
See http://www.appbrain.com/user/mathijs/apps-on-the-galaxy for an example of a shared applist by one of the founders.

This is the initial version of the platform, which includes the core functionality of making app discovery possible on the web. We are working hard on adding new features, especially in the direction of personalized app recommendations and social app discovery.

Please feel free to send us feedback or suggestions at [email protected]

Happy app browsing,
the AppBrain team!