AndSpot–The Social App Market
A new app market has popped up for Android. They are taking the right approach in my opinion, by combining the social aspect with the market, to let friends find, share and discuss apps. It’s a very simple and easy store to use and looks like can grow into something really fun.
Their home page is located at http://andspot.com and you can download the store apk by hitting the download link at the top of the page. They have a cool avatar selection which they call Spotty’s. It’s nothing world shattering, but adds a nice touch. Maybe they can add an option to design your own Spotty, like Google’s Androidify. Hmmm, Spottify has an interesting ring to it.
One of the interesting things I found about them, is they have also included a category for App Inventor apps. Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, so I’m happy it has been done…I can take that off my plate.
If you’re a developer they have a very user friendly administration console to upload and manage your apps. They even provide some “And-lytics” data. Register for a dev account at http://www.workinbeta.com/register.cfm and see for yourself.
There is a catch. They keep a pretty significant chunk of the earnings for your paid apps. That said, they offer a targeting campaign that you don’t get on other app stores unless your app is highly visible and has thousands of downloads. What they do is target users that are interested in apps like yours and display it on their profile. At the end of the day, it might be worth splitting profit with them since you get exposure you may not get otherwise. However, if they grow, at some point they could have so many apps that it would pretty much drop your apps chances of being seen. If they have only a few hundred apps today, you will probably get rotated regularly with good visibility, but what happens if they have 100,000 apps some day? How often will your app get impressions then? Hopefully they have some good ideas for how to deal with this to keep the earnings split justified. I guess we can watch and see how the beta progresses. I wish them the best of luck!