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iPhone: App update abuse

11-12-2008, 10:35 AM
#1
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App update abuse

have you noticed that some developers abuse the app update process
One app I notice that constantly has "bug fixes" is fuzzle
First the developer pretended to be a girl by hiring a model
And how many bugs can that game have that it needs bug fixed every week

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11-12-2008, 10:48 AM
#2
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What's the app?

11-12-2008, 10:51 AM
#3
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In the OP he mentions an example in "Fuzzle"
11-12-2008, 11:37 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ITrocks View Post
In the OP he mentions an example in "Fuzzle"
Oops! Must have missed that
11-12-2008, 12:04 PM
#5
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I'm confused.. how can updating an app be abuse? It doesn't get the dev any real publicity nor does it push it up the AppStore list.
11-12-2008, 12:11 PM
#6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jlake02 View Post
I'm confused.. how can updating an app be abuse? It doesn't get the dev any real publicity nor does it push it up the AppStore list.
It does give the app publicity when you have people like myself who keep up to date with updated apps via RSS. And it does indeed push it to the top of the list in the app store. I went into Games, then Action, and straight away I saw at least a few apps that have been out for ages, but are on page 1 of the list because of their recent updates.

NOTE: I am in no way saying that these apps are abusing anything. I am just saying that updates to get pushed to the top of the list.

Last edited by wastedyuthe; 11-12-2008 at 12:14 PM.
11-12-2008, 12:20 PM
#7
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i use the Rss, but i notice it more on the wifi app store update section,
cause i am always checking for the latest release of AutoMangle or new features for Galcon
and I always....Always see Fuzzle...and everytime it is "Bug Fixes" ...every week
i get tired of downloading it....every week

its just annoying really
11-12-2008, 12:22 PM
#8
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Have you noticed any others Lynch, or does it always just seem to be Fuzzle?
11-12-2008, 12:29 PM
#9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wastedyuthe View Post
Have you noticed any others Lynch, or does it always just seem to be Fuzzle?
the other updates i see as updates

but looking at fuzzle's activity @ http://appshopper.com/games/fuzzle

Code:
Nov 10	Version 1.3.4
Nov 07	Version 1.3.3
Nov 03	Version 1.3.2
Nov 01	$1.99 -> $.99
Oct 29	Version 1.3.1
Oct 20	Version 1.3
Sep 25	Free -> $1.99
Sep 24	Version 1.2
Sep 24	$1.99 -> Free
Sep 18	Free -> $1.99
Sep 14	Version
Sep 14	$1.99 -> Free
Sep 07	New App: $1.99, v1.00
i dunno,

but no i haven't seen so much update activity on other apps
11-12-2008, 12:59 PM
#10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lynch View Post
i dunno,

but no i haven't seen so much update activity on other apps
I won't name names but there are several companies that excel at gaming the system, and I only expect this to get worse...

Right now, the App Store on devices only lists 100 or so games, and sorts them by recent updates. I can tell you from experience that getting onto one or more pages on the device significantly increases sales, and the less a user has to scroll the better. Forget ads, forget blogs, forget reviews - getting on the device equals sales, and little else matters. Given that, it doesn't take a marketing genius to conclude that a release-a-week will improve your bottom line.

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