Apps: Paid vs Free

I am happy to say that MyCar Locator Free has become quite popular on the Android Market!  Since its release about 2 months ago it has been downloaded 50,000 times.  I believe this illustrates the popularity of free vs. paid apps, with the paid version of MyCar Locator receiving only about 1500 downloads since its release almost 9 months ago.   While this may seem like a bad thing for developers, I see it another way.  Offering free versions of apps allows me to make software available for a larger number of users, and therefore receive much more user-input,  which allows an app to adapt to user needs much quicker.  Also, with in-app advertisements, MyCar Locator is making nearly as much profit as the paid version in only about a quarter of the time.  Considering this, I look forward to making many more free apps in the future and believe that most developers will do the same.

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  1. William Vincent
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I have tried several car locator apps, and so far, like your better than any other. I find it to be very simple and more intuitive than the others.

    I do have a couple of suggestions.
    1. The “pastel” color you are using for the compass arrow is too difficult to see! How about a nice bold / solid color ?

    2. You may have a valid reason for setting up the compass in this fashion, but I wish the compass needle was allowed to rotate freely, and not limited to 16 discrete directions.

    Thank you.