November 20, 2014

Rhetorical Questions: Android Apps

It’s Monday again which means it’s time to settle back into our work-week routines.  If you’re like us, this means you’re checking the new and notable app announcements, hitting up the Android Market and other sources, and paying close attention to Android games and apps.  We’ve come up with a number of random-yet-related questions that pertain to Android applications and games that we felt like asking out loud.  Of course, these don’t have a simple yes or no answer and some of them could merit a nice lengthy post of their own… but that’s what makes them so fun to ask!

Feel free to weigh in on one or more of the questions below:

  • Are you using the Amazon Appstore for anything but the free app of the day?
  • In a related note, when is the last time you used GetJar?
  • And the time before Cut the Rope?
  • If you’re not using it, then how is it that GetJar is so big anyway?
  • Do you really play that much Angry Birds?
  • How long can Rovio ride the magic?
  • Will they come up with a second act?
  • What’s the one app you’re always showing off?
  • Admit it, you always have an app that’s better than the one your friend showed you.
  • Do you secretly wish that your Android apps were “prettier” than they are?
  • What will be the first runaway Android hit that will be ported to iOS?
  • Don’t you get tired of it being the other way around?
  • Why aren’t you spending more on apps?
  • Are you that good at tuning out in-app advertising?
  • Really, EA?  Do you seriously need to display that many ads in Scrabble?

Be sure to check out the Rhetorical Questions: Carriers and Their Android Endeavors when you’re done!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329090679 Mike Jones

    I only use Amazon for the free app of the day. I would rather download apps from the Android Market. 

    AS for a new cool app I show off, it is point inside. Has maps of malls and such venues. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329090679 Mike Jones

    I only use Amazon for the free app of the day. I would rather download apps from the Android Market. 

    AS for a new cool app I show off, it is point inside. Has maps of malls and such venues. 

  • http://twitter.com/PTRZK Matt Pietrzak

    Are you using the Amazon Appstore for anything but the free app of the day?
    – I can’t, I live in CanadaIn a related note, when is the last time you used GetJar?
    – I used it to get the Angry Birds betaIf you’re not using it, then how is it that GetJar is so big anyway?
    – I blame Europe/AsiaDo you really play that much Angry Birds?
    – Not so much anymore, kinda got tired of playing games on my phone. How long can Rovio ride the magic?
    I give it another year on Angry BirdsWill they come up with a second act?
    They need to, while Rio was a huge changer, it’s still just flicking birds.What’s the one app you’re always showing off?
    LauncherProDo you secretly wish that your Android apps were “prettier” than they are?
    – A lot of them are horrible, but the ones I most use are already pretty (except the Facebook app)What will be the first runaway Android hit that will be ported to iOS?
    Uhhhh, Google+?Don’t you get tired of it being the other way around?
    – YesWhy aren’t you spending more on apps?
    – There’s nothing I wantAre you that good at tuning out in-app advertising? – Yeah

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshpcoleman Josh Coleman

    re you using the Amazon Appstore for anything but the free app of the day?No but I should
    Do you really play that much Angry Birds? No
    Will they come up with a second act? Yes
    What’s the one app you’re always showing off? Zaarly
    Admit it, you always have an app that’s better than the one your friend showed you. Ok its true!
    Do you secretly wish that your Android apps were “prettier” than they are? No :)
    What will be the first runaway Android hit that will be ported to iOS? not sure by someone needs to.
    Don’t you get tired of it being the other way around? sometimesWhy aren’t you spending more on apps? I like free

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    Are you using the Amazon Appstore for anything but the free app of the day? – no.
    In a related note, when is the last time you used GetJar? – never
    Do you really play that much Angry Birds? – no
    Why aren’t you spending more on apps? – I am a poor (cheap) bastige
    Are you that good at tuning out in-app advertising? – usually

  • Anonymous

    Why the FUCK aren’t you making this a poll – no really?

  • http://twitter.com/LeffelMania Alex Leffelman

    - I don’t use the Amazon store for anything but the free app, and even that’s rare.
    – I’ve never used GetJar
    – Ever.
    – I have no idea. I’ve had a small app on there for almost a year with 0 downloads.
    – Not anymore, got 3 stars on all the originals and Seasons and burned out. Played 2 minutes of Rio and lost interest.
    – Hopefully not much longer…
    – I’m guessing they’re going to try a 15th act of Angry Birds before a 2nd act of anything else.
    – My app, “180” [/shameless plug]
    – Guilty.
    – I openly wish more Android apps were built correctly to scale across devices (including tablets). The excellent layout APIs aren’t much good if devs aren’t using them correctly. No excuse.- Noooo idea.- I don’t mind that it’s still playing catch-up. I mind that the ports are never engineered correctly for the platform.- I’m happy to pay for things that I will use on my phone. I just don’t do that much on my phone outside of messaging and browsing.
    – No. I’ll always elect to pay for an ad-free version if it’s available. And I dock a star for any large dev that doesn’t offer a pay version. (I’m looking at you, Rovio). If none is available, I typically turn my data connection off while I play.
    – Scrabble was a piece of junk when I tried it. I thought Words with Friends had design problems, Scrabble is absurd, and the ads are even worse. D- for EA. Cross-platform play saved you from an F.

  • Maff Mace

    Are you using the Amazon Appstore for anything but the free app of the day?
    – I’m not in the minority that is the USA, I’m in the UK
    In a related note, when is the last time you used GetJar?
    – I think it was many years ago when I had a T68i
    And the time before Cut the Rope?
    – See above
    If you’re not using it, then how is it that GetJar is so big anyway?
    – because hundreds of millions of phones use Java
    Do you really play that much Angry Birds?
    – I used to, yeah
    How long can Rovio ride the magic?
    – another 6 months
    Will they come up with a second act?
    – not that will come close to Angry Birds
    What’s the one app you’re always showing off?
    – my gallery and camera, I have the Optimus 3D
    Admit it, you always have an app that’s better than the one your friend showed you.
    – of course, I’m an early adopter when it comes to tech
    Do you secretly wish that your Android apps were “prettier” than they are?
    – I used to, they are OK these days
    What will be the first runaway Android hit that will be ported to iOS?
    – don’t care
    Don’t you get tired of it being the other way around?
    -yes, it’s annoying that businesses refuse to develop for the masses rather than developing for the smaller user base
    Why aren’t you spending more on apps?
    – my credit card is at it’s limit, I spend quite a few quid every month on apps and games
    Are you that good at tuning out in-app advertising?
    – yes
    Really, EA?  Do you seriously need to display that many ads in Scrabble?
    – I wouldn’t know, it’s only out for the minority in the US, despite all the Android sites announcing it’s been released but failing to let the majority of their readers know it’s not available to them!

  • Maff Mace

    Are you using the Amazon Appstore for anything but the free app of the day?
    – I’m not in the minority that is the USA, I’m in the UK
    In a related note, when is the last time you used GetJar?
    – I think it was many years ago when I had a T68i
    And the time before Cut the Rope?
    – See above
    If you’re not using it, then how is it that GetJar is so big anyway?
    – because hundreds of millions of phones use Java
    Do you really play that much Angry Birds?
    – I used to, yeah
    How long can Rovio ride the magic?
    – another 6 months
    Will they come up with a second act?
    – not that will come close to Angry Birds
    What’s the one app you’re always showing off?
    – my gallery and camera, I have the Optimus 3D
    Admit it, you always have an app that’s better than the one your friend showed you.
    – of course, I’m an early adopter when it comes to tech
    Do you secretly wish that your Android apps were “prettier” than they are?
    – I used to, they are OK these days
    What will be the first runaway Android hit that will be ported to iOS?
    – don’t care
    Don’t you get tired of it being the other way around?
    -yes, it’s annoying that businesses refuse to develop for the masses rather than developing for the smaller user base
    Why aren’t you spending more on apps?
    – my credit card is at it’s limit, I spend quite a few quid every month on apps and games
    Are you that good at tuning out in-app advertising?
    – yes
    Really, EA?  Do you seriously need to display that many ads in Scrabble?
    – I wouldn’t know, it’s only out for the minority in the US, despite all the Android sites announcing it’s been released but failing to let the majority of their readers know it’s not available to them!

  • http://twitter.com/Chaos_Killer Jeroen Heijster

    Are you using the Amazon Appstore for anything but the free app of the day?
    No, there is no amazon appstore here in Europe…
    In a related note, when is the last time you used GetJar?
    Cut the rope!
    And the time before Cut the Rope?
    Symbian age…
    If you’re not using it, then how is it that GetJar is so big anyway?
    I dunno
    Do you really play that much Angry Birds?
    no
    How long can Rovio ride the magic?
    I dunno
    Will they come up with a second act?
    Ofcource!
    What’s the one app you’re always showing off?
    Samurai II & Fieldrunners
    Admit it, you always have an app that’s better than the one your friend showed you.
    Ofcource!
    Do you secretly wish that your Android apps were “prettier” than they are?
    Hell no, I don’t like the IOS look…
    What will be the first runaway Android hit that will be ported to iOS?
    Dunno
    Don’t you get tired of it being the other way around?
    Yes!
    Why aren’t you spending more on apps?
    Excuse me? $500 in 2 years isn’t enough?
    Are you that good at tuning out in-app advertising?
    Pretty much, yeah
    Really, EA? Do you seriously need to display that many ads in Scrabble?
    No.

  • Peter Pottinger

    Are you using the Amazon Appstore for anything but the free app of the day?

    Nope. 

    In a related note, when is the last time you used GetJar?

    What is GetJar? I might have used it with my w810i .. the feature phone I had 7 years ago …

    And the time before Cut the Rope?

    huh?

    If you’re not using it, then how is it that GetJar is so big anyway?

    Who?

    Do you really play that much Angry Birds?

    Nope.

    How long can Rovio ride the magic?

    Until everyone in the world has a smartphone

    Will they come up with a second act?

    Not until their profit starts decreasing

    What’s the one app you’re always showing off?

    runkeeper

    Admit it, you always have an app that’s better than the one your friend showed you.

    Of course I do, because I’m using android and most of my friends use iphone 4s. its funny how my friends are impressed by wifi tethering … something I could do a year ago ….

    Do you secretly wish that your Android apps were “prettier” than they are?

    some apps are badly designed, be it iphone, android, windows mobile or blackberry.

    What will be the first runaway Android hit that will be ported to iOS?

    google plus

    Don’t you get tired of it being the other way around?

    Nope, i’ve got no use for 5000 fart apps on my phone, and any essential app already exists on both platforms

    Why aren’t you spending more on apps?

    cus apps cost MONEY, and most apps are not worth it.

    Are you that good at tuning out in-app advertising?

    nope, i dont buy apps that have ads or i use adblocker on them

    Really, EA?  Do you seriously need to display that many ads in Scrabble?

    don’t play ea games they aren’t that good

  • Sweet James Jones

    I appreciate the Amazon appstore, but I just like the App Market better. The updating is smoother. I wish you could download/buy movies from Amazon. Its a one time purchase.

    I don’t buy more apps, because I don’t need them with a tablet. I have remote desktop, so I only need a few games for when I lack a connection. A paid game or two a month along with the free apps fulfills that need.

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  • Nfalletta

    Why don’t you try hive player for honeycomb? Scrollable widget for music library navigation , multiselect playlist additions searching free and $2 paid versions…

  • Anonymous

    Does Layar not count as a runaway hit?

  • John Hilker

    Are you using the Amazon Appstore for anything but the free app of the day?  Not reallyIn a related note, when is the last time you used GetJar?  Long, long time!And the time before Cut the Rope?  Nevefr!If you’re not using it, then how is it that GetJar is so big anyway?  No idea!Do you really play that much Angry Birds?  No, not that much any more….How long can Rovio ride the magic?  Probably on the downside alreadyWill they come up with a second act?  Who knows?What’s the one app you’re always showing off?  Dolphin Browser HDAdmit it, you always have an app that’s better than the one your friend showed you.  Especially when it was on an iPhone.Do you secretly wish that your Android apps were “prettier” than they are?  No, they’re fine!Why aren’t you spending more on apps?  I’m cheap!Are you that good at tuning out in-app advertising?  Just fine!Really, EA?  Do you seriously need to display that many ads in Scrabble?  Wish I could use Scrabble as a reason to dump Words With Friends, but they’ve got a ways to go!

  • Spartacus

    Are you using the Amazon Appstore for anything but the free app of the day? No, and most of those I pass on.In a related note, when is the last time you used GetJar? CtRAnd the time before Cut the Rope? don’t rememberIf you’re not using it, then how is it that GetJar is so big anyway? Java feature phonesDo you really play that much Angry Birds? no; since I rebuilt my phone, I haven’t even opened itHow long can Rovio ride the magic? don’t careWill they come up with a second act? don’t careWhat’s the one app you’re always showing off? the one I’m currently developingAdmit it, you always have an app that’s better than the one your friend showed you. Yeah, see aboveDo you secretly wish that your Android apps were “prettier” than they are? *my* Android app looks awesome, based on the beta group’s feedbackWhat will be the first runaway Android hit that will be ported to iOS? Hopefully, mine :)Don’t you get tired of it being the other way around? yeahWhy aren’t you spending more on apps? budgetAre you that good at tuning out in-app advertising? yeah, I’ve been practicing for years on websites like this ;)