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The Verge: 'Dead Trigger' now free on Android due to 'unbelievably high' piracy rate

http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/23/3177238/dead-trigger-free-android-piracy-rate

Android users learned a very, very valuable lesson today, courtesy of Madfinger Games: get enough of your friends to steal the things you want, and eventually everything will become free. Just like in the movies!

Oh, and Dead Trigger is still 99¢ in the App Store. You know, the place where people are happy to actually pay you (a wage that is still arguably far too low) for your hard work.

Nice, real Nexus 7 intro from Google, and I hope its Android partners sit up and take notice. No flashy scenarios, no CG, no special agents repelling down a vault and dodging security systems, no devices that transform into robots, no bullshit.

Just executives looking comfortable, talking about how excited they are, and a real device being used in real-world scenarios. It’s great.

Just real.

Flipboard for Android exclusive to Galaxy S III, wider availability in the 'coming months' - The Verge

http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/3/2996872/flipboard-android-galaxy-s-iii

A number of iOS apps, especially games, have made the leap to Android. But developers, of course, have had mixed and even not-so-great results.

Flipboard is among the A-list of iOS apps to recently make the jump, though, with Instagram being the first. Unlike Instagram, however, Flipboard actually makes money.

Might upgrade to the paid version someday – Marco.org

http://www.marco.org/2012/04/24/might-upgrade-someday

Marco Arment:

It’s a very common user mindset: they tolerate a lot of limitations, ads, and nags to avoid paying. It’s not that they’re cheap, per se: they just really don’t believe that apps are worth paying for, and they feel cheated or defeated if they end up needing to pay for one.

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Mobile ads pay very poorly. In my case, ads didn’t even come close to delivering similar value as the $4.99 paid-app sale — I was lucky to get even $1 of value out of an Instapaper Free user. What I’ve heard from other developers and other ad networks suggests that this is pretty close to the industry average.

Thanks, Google and all the other companies who give everything away for free. You’ve created a culture of people who “feel cheated or defeated if they end up needing to pay” for something.

This needs to change.