I had a request for a blog post recently on Twitter that I thought was interesting.
— Quentin Zervaas (@HendX) May 29, 2015
I know personally when I have had an app featured it hasn’t been straight away, so on Wednesday June 3, 2015 I took a snapshot of the featured apps for iPhone on the homepage of the US store and ran the numbers.
There were 129 apps featured on the front page, here’s what I found.
Unsurprisingly the rating / how users feel about the app was extremely important.
Over 50% of apps featured were 4.5 or 5 star apps.
Making an app people love is the most important thing to concentrate on.
As with most apps on the App Store the majority of apps featured were free to download.
Surprisingly of the apps that did charge $2.99 and $4.99 were the most represented prices of those featured.
Don’t be afraid to charge a fair price for a quality app if you decide to not go freemium.
As expected games dominated the apps featured, with 60%. This isn’t surprising when games are given their own sections like ‘Best New Games’.
Interestingly, for this particular week, the breakdown varied a lot from what appears in the top charts with Lifestyle and Education featuring heavily.
Finally coming back to the original question around the % of new apps vs updates.
Looking over all the featured apps the age in days varied from 6 day to 2382 days, with a median of 482 days or 1.3 years old.
27 of the 129 apps (20.9%) were launched less than a month ago, leaving the vast majority of the features to older apps that have been updated recently.
This is great news for us developers that miss out on a feature when our apps launch.
It’s critical we make great apps that people love and leave us 5 star reviews.
Even if you don’t get that big app feature when you first launch, stick at it, you are still in with a shot.