Something strange has been going on with my Windows Phone and App store downloads.
Windows Store App Sales
So not a very inspiring story but this graph shows sales revenue (not ad revenue) for Apps between April and June this year. The graph shows a regular income from App sales of between £5 and £10 per day up until around 6th May when suddenly not only are there no sales but there are more refunds than is the norm.
(Click on the graph to enlarge)
And so I put in a request to Microsoft to investigate this strange phenomena. Some weeks passed and after a series of exchanges I got a message back saying everything is normal (!?)
Windows Phone App Sales
A similar story with my Windows Phone sales (I have an outstanding request to investigate this from that team also).
To my mind the chances of this happening through the normal course of events are so small as to be discountable?
And so the purpose of this post (and I feel a little bad that I have had to resort to this) is to ‘shame’ Microsoft into actually giving me an explanation of what is wrong instead of a series (of which the below is the latest) of emails attempting to persuade me that everything is OK.
NB I have replied to the email above with a link to this blog post.
If anyone else has experienced similar phenomena please let me know.
So after a very flat and uninspiring period after the launch of Windows 8 looking at my own stats today it is clear that things have started to change over the last Month or so – with a steep increase in downloads (which now total in excess of 37,000)
Hopefully this increase will continue a pace over the coming year.
Interestingly a similar graph for my Windows Phone Apps shows a much steadier increase over the same period:
Windows 8 Hardware
At the weekend I had the fortune to visit the ‘gadget show live’ event in Birmingham and was particularly impressed with the variety and quality of the Windows 8 devices that were on display (I particularly liked this Sony device that was equally usable in a tablet and laptop/desktop configuration and powerful enough for almost any scenario)
It was nice to be able to get hands on with all these devices in one place. (It did make me think that our PC retailers are not doing as effective a job as they might).
Quite pleased with the growth being shown in download stats for my new Windows 8 App:
Still early days (just over a week in the store) but nice ‘day on day’ growth so far (total currently around 1200 downloads)
NB The numbers 1,2 & 3 indicate new builds of the App into the store based on users feedback and my own plans for improvement.
The app featured is ‘Learn Piano’ (Play Piano)– a free download that has a couple of in- app purchase options)
NB I will publish further stats in a few weeks time, hopefully the growth in download numbers will continue!
“Live Tile News” had a very favourable review on the BBC’s technology program “Click” last week and I have had a lot of questions around the impact on downloads.
The first chart shows downloads for April – with the healthy spike being a result of the coverage received.
The second chart is specific to “Live Tile News” and shows the more dramatic spike in interest as a result of the show.
The vast majority of downloads were, as might be expected, in the UK but as this App supports US and Global news it will be interesting to monitor if there is any knock on effect in these territories going forward.
NB The review can be viewed on my earlier blog post here
Live Tile News (Ad Supported)
Live Tile News (Premium)
NB All developer proceeds from sales and advertising of this App go to charity