If youâre an app developer, a student of Appleâs App Store or simply someone with curiosity about what kinds of apps Apple picks to feature, then Dave Addeyâs new bit of work is a must read. Itâs an interactive chart of the kinds of apps, genres and frequency of features of a bunch of different apps and itâs absolutely fantastic stuff.
The data was gathered from the home page of the App Store fromÂ February 7th 2013 through June 7th 2013 over 25 stores in 155 countries. The findings are fascinating.
On games vs. non-games, for instance:
The highest percentage overall is in the Republic of Korea, where a whoppingÂ 64.4% of features on iPhone are for games. The lowest is the Austria / Germany Store, with onlyÂ 36.3% on iPhone, although thatâs still more than double the proportion of apps on the store overall. One thingâs for sure â games are special.
Addey is the founder of Agant, which has made some incredible apps for clients over the years likeÂ Timeline World War 2,Â Explore Shakespeare, the officialÂ Discworld app, and theÂ Animatorâs Survival Kit. He recently returned to being a one-man shop for reasons that he explains here.
While Addeyâs post explains what kind of apps get featured, it doesnât go into âwhyâ they do exactly. There are a variety of factors including what Apple thinks will sell. But apps that have a strong pressÂ presenceÂ (read: positive press), act as ambassadors for Appleâs devices and that use the latest APIs and features of iOS are all among those regularly picked.
Check out the full post, itâs worth a read.
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