Friday, April 22, 2011

Get More Downloads for your Android Apps

More Apps button
One of the most frustrating things about the Android Market is making sure that your app is visible. That is making sure that people can find it and download it.

If you have multiple apps in the Android market, you can use your apps to advertise for your other apps. Doing so is extremely simple.

You can use the following code snippet to open up the Android market to a page that displays all of your available apps.

Intent viewIntent = new Intent("android.intent.action.VIEW", Uri.parse("market://search?q=pub:\"PUBLISHING NAME\""));  

Make sure to replace "PUBLISHING NAME" with the name that you publish your apps under, otherwise the search will come up blank.

Although this feature is already built in to the Android Market with the "More Apps by this Publisher" button, adding the link in your App can be helpful. After a user downloads your application, they may never return the App Page in the Android market.

After using your app or game, the user may decide that they like it enough that they want to check out your other products. Adding a button to link them to the Android Market makes this easier for them.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Android Millionaires


How can you make a million dollars building and selling Android Apps? Just follow the examples of some people and companies that have already done so.

The article, Meet the Android App Millionaires at breaks down eight successful groups and provides extra insight as to how you can learn from them.

The link to the Advanced Task Manager earnings wasn't working anymore, but androidandme sums up the basic information from it in their blog post Advanced Task Manager developer is making up to $10,000 a month. That story is particularly interesting because it seems like it is mostly the work of one individual.

Will you be on the list anytime soon?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Win $5000 making an Android App

This is pretty cool. is getting together with to run a $5000 Android App challenge.

The challenge is going to be divided up into three rounds. The first round being just a short pitch of your app--250 words or less. From this, judges will narrow the field down to 30 entries.

So, start brainstorming some ideas for cool apps that somehow involve facial recognition. Doesn't matter if you can't quite program it yet--just come up with some great ideas.

I think that I will plan on entering the competition, but I will probably post some tutorials here regardless if I make it pass round one or not. Good look to everyone who enters!

Check out some example apps from and head on over to for all the details about how to enter.

For some inspiration, here is a video showing you how Nintendo has been using facial recognition in some games.