1. 11pts's Avatar
    Found this interesting article from a developer who has an existing android app and re-done it for the playbook


    An unexpectedly warm reception
    I have to say that Im very surprised at how warmly received Solar Explorer was on the Playbook.

    In the 36 hours since the app went live, Solar Explorer has been downloaded approximately 150 times for the Playbook, with about 100 of those in the last 24 hours.

    All I can say is: wow!.

    Android Market sales never came close to that level in the 10-or-so months its been available. The best day it ever had was back in early December 2011 when about 45 sales resulted from a huge update to the app that included a major overhaul of the graphics.

    Sure, I know its probably just the honeymoon period of a new app and sales will settle down once its disappeared off whatever Just In list App World has, but its still a stunning result to see it sell more than twice the copies on its first full day on App World, compared to its best day on Android Market.

    Then again, it may not be too surprising. Android Market has been set up to focus on ad based revenue and deter outright app sales. Google has limited the number of payment methods that can be used to buy apps, theyve designed the market interface to constantly promote the same high profile apps over and over, at the expense of smaller developers with new ideas, and they are particularly unresponsive when problems occur. Solar Explorer is not the sort of app that Google wants to promote in their marketplace because its not suitable for generating on-going ad revenue.

    My second app, Exoplanet Explorer will be making an appearance on App World as soon as I get a Playbook. Its a slightly more complex app than Solar Explorer and I really need to be able to test this one to make sure it works before submitting it for review.

    Good performance

    I had a comment today from a Playbook user who remarked how fast the app runs, which is great to hear, especially since I was unable to test it.

    One of the reasons why it would run quickly is that Solar Explorer isnt really an Android port, its actually been recompiled into native code for the Playbook. This was the result of developing the app using Shiva, which has a function to export executables for many different platforms, including Android and iOS. In the most recent update of Shiva, Stonetrip added a new button to produce Playbook apps, which turned out to be excellent timing as a few weeks later, on Feb 3, RIM decided to offer a free tablet to app developers that ported an Android app to the Playbook. Im just glad that RIM expanded the scope of their offer to include native apps, otherwise Solar Explorer wouldnt have qualified because its not really a port.

    Another reason why it would be quick is that Its been optimised to run on my Samsung Galaxy Tab which has pretty much the same hardware as the Playbook. Ive been told by Stonetrip, the company that makes Shiva, that in their testing the Playbook significantly outperforms the Galaxy Tab, despite them being so similar. Part of the reason for this would probably be the Sasumg crap-ware thats bundled into the Gingerbread Android ROM. Its well known that the Galaxy S phone was unreasonably laggy despite having strong hardware, and the Galaxy Tab is just a Galaxy S phone with a 7″ screen.
    dbmalloy, f0xG3, bluetroll and 7 others like this.
    02-29-12 06:36 PM
  2. dbmalloy's Avatar
    Thanks for the post.... It is great to have an inside look at some of what app developers are up against and how the system works...... It is especially interesting how the Android market works and the emphasis on ad based apps....

    I know there are hundred of thousands out there.... do you find this might cause your product to be swamped by shear volume?

    RIM is always saying how much more the app developers make developing for BB .... maybe there is more to that than just hype....

    Hope you keep developing for the playbook... and keep in touch with more of your experiences....
    02-29-12 07:04 PM
  3. playbookster's Avatar
    it is a great app. One of my favorites on appworld. Buy it!
    02-29-12 07:16 PM
  4. 11pts's Avatar
    I'm just the postboy who stumbled upon this article. I was interested to find devs stories after Michael Clewley said in a interview on berryreview about how he saw a tweet from a dev sayin how he had more downloads in 24 hrs in appworld than 24 day in the android market.
    02-29-12 07:20 PM
  5. missing_K-W's Avatar
    Well it should come as no surprise that the developer in the articles, app outperforms the Android version.

    PB on well written native code will have virtually zero latency. In reality due to os architecture and design of the RTOS(real time os).

    I'm just impressed at the amount of Android devs that are raving about the platform. This is just the beginning IMHO, of some amazing positive stories this year
    Last edited by missing_K-W; 02-29-12 at 09:29 PM.
    02-29-12 07:49 PM
  6. ekafara's Avatar
    And now it's on CrackBerry which will help out with the amount of downloads it will get : ). I saw someone on twitter post about this earlier. I haven't had a chance to get near wifi to download it but will be checking it out.
    02-29-12 07:50 PM
  7. Double_J75's Avatar
    Nice story. I'm interested to see the second app they produce!
    02-29-12 08:05 PM
  8. BrizzadMan's Avatar
    More positive news in a similar light: http://forums.crackberry.com/blackbe...t-view-705104/
    02-29-12 10:36 PM