Thursday, October 21, 2010

A deeper insight into hot Android Apps

One of the most popular features of AppBrain is the continuously refreshing list of Hot Android Apps. This list is based on how much interest there is in Android apps on AppBrain, and it is determined by how often the app is viewed and installed.

Usually the apps on the Hot list are pretty logical, such as today the brand new Youtube app and the Winamp app. On other days apps on the list are sometimes a bit surprising, and we thought it would be cool to be able to see what makes an app hot.


We recently launched a feature feature that does exactly that: all app pages now show the most popular sites from which people are coming to the AppBrain page about an app. This not only provides some explanation why an app is hot, but it also provides easy access to great additional information about an app. In the case of the screenshot above, that's a reddit thread about the Winamp app, and a review on Androinica.

In other news, we also released a new version of our AppBrain Android app, which adds an optional notification (via preferences) in the top bar that gives you quick access to your last started apps, so that you can quickly uninstall, create a shortcut, or share your last used apps with a friend.


Happy app browsing,

Mathijs
Software Engineer, AppBrain



Thursday, October 7, 2010

Change your wallpaper and send links to your phone with AppBrain

Do you have an image on your computer you would like to use as a background wallpaper on your phone? Or you just found an interesting article on the web and would like to send it to your phone to read it on the go?


Today we launched an update to the AppBrain app and website to make these tasks very easy:
  • To change your phone’s wallpaper go to http://www.appbrain.com/my_apps, use the “Set Wallpaper” link on the right, and copy the URL to the image in the dialog box or upload the image from your computer. After saving it will immediately install the wallpaper on your phone.


  • You can also share the image with others by adding it to the public gallery of images: http://www.appbrain.com/wallpaper
  • Sending a website is just as easy: Copy the link from the address bar into the text box and click the ‘Send’ button. In case of a link, it will immediately open the website on your phone, and otherwise it will copy regular text directly to the phone’s clipboard.
  • To uninstall an app, just click the “Uninstall” button as before. With today’s update this will immediately open the uninstall dialog on your phone and you just need to confirm.

To enable these new features please install the latest version of the AppBrain app and sync once, then you are ready to go.
The direct updates of wallpapers, links and uninstall actions require the phone to run Android 2.2 (it makes use of the C2DM framework). Older phones are supported as well, however you need to sync in the AppBrain app to update the background you selected or to receive the URL you sent.

Enjoy!

Uwe for the AppBrain team





Friday, October 1, 2010

More countries and currencies on the Android market


Since yesterday the Android market for paid apps is finally open to more international developers. In addition, the countries from where apps can be bought will soon be extended to 32. This is great news for both developers and Android users in these countries. The ability to offer paid apps to a bigger audience will certainly increase the number of high quality apps that are launched on the Android market. And with the extension of the number of countries from which apps can be developed, the pool of talent that can develop these apps has grown too.

Unfortunately, it seems Google wasn't able to lift the limitation that the Android market only shows paid apps in the currency of the developer, instead of in the currency of the user of the phone. This can get pretty confusing: When there are apps that cost 60 Swedish Krones, 1,200 Japanese Yen and 20 Hong Kong dollars next to each other, which one will you choose?

Fortunately, there is an easier way to browse for apps on the web.
If you're browsing for apps using the AppBrain Android market site, make sure you choose your currency preference at the bottom of the page. This will convert the price of all paid apps into a currency you're familiar with.

Happy app browsing,

Mathijs for the AppBrain team.