First 5,000 Downloads
My first app to gain any kind of traction, RoboStop, reached the 5,000 download mark today! Unfortunately I don’t think the app is headed to the moon or anything as there appears to be a serious bug affecting some users.
I haven’t been able to replicate this particular bug on my personal device or on an Android emulator, but I’m assuming the reviews that I am receiving are legitimate. The majority of users probably aren’t encountering the bug, but the users who do experience the bug are much more likely to give the app a review on the Play Store. So right now the app’s rating isn’t doing so hot and I think that will probably limit RoboStop’s ultimate success. If my startup were well funded I suppose I could fix the problem, but at this time I don’t have the resources to test the app on dozens of different Android devices with their own service plans and whatnot.
But it’s still pretty kickass to have reached 5,000 downloads (1,639 active installs). It’s also interesting to see that I’ve run into the leaky bucket problem. While the app is still receiving a somewhat steady stream of downloads, retention must be fairly poor as active installs have flatlined, peaking at 1,723 active install on May 31st, 2018 and declining to 1,639 active installs as of today June 21st, 2018. Hopefully all that I’ve learned from launching RoboStop will help me build a rocketship someday in the future, but for now it looks like I’m stuck here on Earth.