The Apple App Store graveyard

People just don’t seem to have the same excitement lately about Apple’s App Store or the Google Play platform. The air of hopelessness that surrounds the mobile app ecosystem is obvious and demoralizing.

When I published my first app on both platforms (an app that automatically monitored fuel economy while driving), I spent the first week obsessively checking its download counts with dreams of grandeur. Those dreams, of course, never came to fruition. Why take the time to publish it if it will never be discovered?

I echoed this sentiment in a post last year about the lack of app discoverability, the harms for developers and the things that can help. But that post only captured how low the odds are for an app to achieve success, not the genuine impact that broken app…

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