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  • Why some applications can never get featured on Google Play Store?

    Posted on May 30th, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

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    Employees who are responsible for selecting and/or approving candidates for featured apps for store regions has no context-related experience or imagination. They also are under pressure of heavily invested companies which causes them to ignore exactly the same UI design.

    A real example without comments:
    They expect the play and the pause buttons to be located at the top right of the screen for a multimedia player application and they say that putting those buttons at he lower center of the screen prevents app from being featured. The app I am writing about is heavily internationalized and localized.

    On the other hand, a competitor app which has a big team, got heavily funded and which is not localized and internationalized enough, is chosen for a region that it is not even that popular. This competitor app, by the way, has the exact UI design and uses the same location for the same features.

    Proven by the facts, head of Play Store does not care about the real quality or the trends, behaviours of the users of the related store region. I have learned all of these by chatting face to face.

    It really seems like all these selections on Google Play Store are mostly political, strategical (based on USA partnerships).

    If the head says these, it’s basically over.

    He said getting 1 million downloads for my new app is surprising and he said I should be happy enough by still getting 1 million downloads while the competitor is GLOBALLY shown as featured on all store regions. I proved that with features, ratings, stability and the quality of the main functionality, my application beats the competitor but I was just ignored by a huge smile as I am fighting with a company which has a logo in their official presentations and which is a USA based company.

    Kind Regards to the head.. My app has been beating the competitor app since the beginning and getting featured by Apple and Microsoft.

    How you look at developers (face to face too) is not elegant. (I saw it wasn’t just me) This may not cause you to loose many apps, but this is going to make you loose respect and respect is everything. I hope this fact makes sense for you too.

    I can’t write enough about this…

    Yes my apps are never going to have chance for being featured from now on. Believe it or not I do not care it anymore and I am never going to put play and pause button at the top-right of the screen while all other mediaplayers are (even those created directly by Google) centering those buttons at the lower part of the screen. To talk about UI guidelines, you really have to experience it for different contexts. This seems a very big problem for regions out of USA, for developers in USA those of whom work hard to bring incredible work to compete in store without getting any investment.

    Learn with Google, Istanbul, Turkey.

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  • Microsoft Zirve 2012

    Posted on November 17th, 2012 Cahit Crcioglu 1 comment

    I was at the Windows 8 event on 15 November 2012 from 09:00 to 18:00. New devices running Windows 8 were shown and there were parallel sessions for what’s new with new Windows 8 and Microsoft. Here is what happened between 14 November and 16 November…

    On the plane, i was getting ready for the event with Dr. Bishop.

     

    Before eating Iskender with one of my friends who lives in Istanbul, i’ve eaten his “the world’s most healthy potato fries” with almost no fat. Now i was fully ready for the event.

    It was crowded and not only previously registered attenders were there.

     

    Tea, coffee, cakes between sessions and a nice lunch too.

    Some companies had stands. Software companies were continuously dragging their applications to the first page of the start screen and deleting competetive applications ( Nice (: ) There were a few models (girls) where i don’t like people looking nowhere else until crashing to eachother while walking.

     

    RADYO is one of the applications supported by Microsoft and i was very happy to see that the logo of RADYO was on the walls at the event.

    RADYO has a great partner: CASPER! Many beautiful new devices of CASPER has taken place at the event. (By the way, get a new CASPER and you will already have RADYO on your computer with premium features!) To be honest, Casper seems to be one of the brands which has beautifully designed computers that i would like to have one. The other one might be Acer. Eventhough there are many new computers of Asus, Sony, Toshiba, Acer,.. I also noticed that some of the new devices shown at the event look like Macbook and iMac.

    Printed brochures of CASPER includes RADYO too.

     

    In one of the sessions, I was honered to see RADYO on the presentation of Selcuk Uzun from Microsoft Turkiye. I want to thank to him and Microsoft again!

     

    Between sessions, while people were fighting for tea and coffee, sun was going down silently in Istanbul.

     

    After the sessions i hoped to see more people to watch and listen to the concert by Gürol Ağırbaş. Here is a small part of what they have missed by leaving early:

     

     

    The weather was cold but it was not raining while leaving Lutfu Kirdar Kongre Merkezi.

     

    What happens there, stays there.

     

    After spending some time outside,

     

    It was time to get back to the room.


     

    The next day, i have left Istanbul aka Isangard.


     

    It was a beautiful event and journey for me. Thank you to Microsoft again.

  • Mobile Bosphorus Guide

    Posted on November 13th, 2010 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    IstaGuide iPhone application helps you learn more about The Bosphorus and Istanbul. Application includes slideshows with professional narration and an easy to use custom map interface. You can continue reading on www.istaguide.com and get more information about IstaGuide and it’s iPhone project.

    You can get the application installed on your iDevice by following this iTune Store link for IstaGuide