Approximately 9 months after Windows Phone 8 launched, I brought a Nokia Lumia 520. My friends called me a traitor, my mom said why would you buy a windows phone, my boss said enjoy re-syncing your life.
But have a strange likeliness towards the Windows Phone, it’s simple & smooth. Yes, there are a lot of issues with the OS, the biggest of which is that the AppStore experience pretty much is junk, but the experience is beautiful when an App is built right. I have always been a fan of live tiles, it’s contact management is almost as powerful as Android.
The Product team needs to start focusing on the small things that matter, the resume screen for example: As apps don’t run in the background, apps are brought back to life per say by showing a loading screen, which makes the experience very very slow. Also either only Indians give reviews or MS has decided that it will only show reviews of my fellow countrymen, which well, usually sucks.
WP has a solid foundation in terms of UI/UX, hopefully MS can leverage this, in an agile manner.
Right now I am juggling between my Samsung S4 and Lumia 520. Let’s see how this goes.
I had a lot of fun attending Startup weekend in Bangalore this weekend. This is my second time attending it and it has just gotten better. Quick note : the COO of Startup weekend AdamStelle was present at the event, which did boost the moral of the teams. Ideas where generally thoroughly polished and the enthusiasm and energy was better than last time around. I guess that is partly due to the venue not having some of the fun amenities that it had last time. <Rant> Last time around I saw people wasting their time in the gym and the snooker table </Rant> . Also this time around there were more people trying to solve problems rather than build on ideas. Also got a chance to mentor a few team, how I shared some valuable insights.
I constantly keep telling most entrepreneurs two generic rules.
- Solve a problem , don’t build a product based on an idea : Sometimes ideas are great, but if they are not solutions they might not have a market. Water beds were great ideas , but their market is all buy dead.
- Work on building a business ,not just a start up : This one is fairly simple. Very few startups will ever have the ability to burn through cash for years before going positive in their books. So you don’t want to fall into that trap. If you plan to build a startup , build it with a business model in mind. Revenues will only raise your validations. It also validates that you have build a solution to a problem which others are ready to pay for.
Some startups I liked & had some great interaction with :
Reporter Source : Tried to solve a real pain point, presentation was great with people actually validation the need. Yes revenue generation would be hard but not impossible. They won third price.
Farm to Mom : These guys had an interesting idea of creating an eBay like site for consumers to directly engage with farmers. There was another team Smart Farms which was trying to do something similar but was more of a middle man. The biggest challenge in perishable goods is that they rot, literally. So any startup entering this market would actually need to build an efficient & fast supply chain where food can also be stored to prevent rotting.
JustCodeIt : An interesting idea , which has the potential to disrupt the training & recruitment sector. Had a pretty long chat with a few guys from the team. Having worked in an e-learning startup sometime back I had followed the sector closely.
TourBox : Brilliant demo and execution.
Will be attending SW Delhi next which I would probably love more as it’s a mobile specific event and I <3 Mobile .
There are a lot of things that come into play when you try to explain why the piracy rate is so high in Android. It’s not like iOS apps are not pirated. If you jail break your iPhone you get an option to side load apps. Its not as easy when compared to Android though.
What one really needs to understand is that both the platforms cater to vastly different markets. While the iPhone is doing great if not dominant in most developed countries, Android obliterates all other smart phone platforms in the emerging nations. It’s market share in China is almost 70% , in India its over 50%. iOS on the other hand has only 17% market share in China . I am not too sure of iOS’s market share in India but my best guess is its around 5%. These are the two largest mobile markets in the world. Most other emerging nations have the same ratio of Android to iOS devices. In short lot of Android’s users come from developing nations, a stark contrast to the iOS where most of the users are in the developed countries.
What one must realize are the buying capacities of both the markets are different, where its easy for someone in the US to buy an application worth a few dollars as an impulse buy in a country like India most people think twice as its a relatively larger investment. This is not even factoring that most of the emerging markets are primarily driven by prepaid accounts as banking & credit card penetration is low. Bluntly most of users of the Android Platform think harder before buying an app and some might not be in a position to buy apps, which from their point of view is an expensive app. Its nothing new in most developing countries piracy is high in every sector.
That being said Book sellers probably knew this, which is why they printed “Eastern Economy Editions” of many books. These editions can be up to 90% cheaper than their US counter parts on Amazon. Recently FlipKart and Indian e-retailer started selling Music online, and if you have an Indian credit card you can buy a Justin Bieber song for 0.25 $ instead of paying 0.99$ on Amazon. These multiple price models have been successful in making sales. In short you can’t expect to have a single global sales strategy. Its has to be catered to the country so that the general population is able to consume your service and not find a way to pirate it.
Now if you add up 2 & 2 you can understand that you need to have a different selling strategy for Android and iOS and the two Markets are inherently different. Don’t expect to have massive sales of a 1$ app in a country like Nigeria which the number of people who have bank accounts is less than 10%. Most users in these markets are more than happy to have ads in their apps if allows them to consume your app.
Also note what making their game free did to the number of downloads of Dead Trigger. At half a million active installs, well placed & non intrusive ads in their game would have made them a lot of money.
Disclaimer : I work for a mobile ads company vserv.mobi .
While trying to download some software on Ubuntu at work I thought I needed to limit the speed apt downloads files so that I don’t eat my peers bandwidth. So I started searching around using Google (of course) and came across various thread which suggested using trickle and wondersharper for usermode bandwidth shaping. But then I hit upon this brilliant post which showed how you can setup apt-get to download speed as a configuration. Here is what you need to do.
Create a file named 76download in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/ and add this to it :
The Dl-Limit value specifies your download speed in kbps.
Try it out
Original source with some more info : http://linux.derkeiler.com/Mailing-Lists/Debian/2008-02/msg01872.html