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All eyes are now focuses on the background story behind the acquisition turmoil instagram went through. Not mentioning the new polemical privacy policy story…

Well…. the real story is happening around the app itself. Instagram has recently made a update to the beloved app which is enraging the users. De facto its quality score (the Appsfire App score) has crashed to the lowest level (11, meaning very bad) – down from 97 [a near all time high!]

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For the record the App score is a quality score computed every day which is looking at quality signals and parameters like the consistency of the reviews, mentions on twitter, Facebook blogs….

Instagram right now does not have a “ranking” problem: it is still, consistently, a top 25 free app in the US and [...]Read more

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As we do every month, we are happy to present you the new edition of our App Score Report, which can be considered as the quality score report of the best apps. Every month we highlight what were best apps in different categories based on a set of quality parameters, regardless of their rank.

TOP 25 Ever – iPhone – Game

Hidden Objects: Gardens of Time (Disney) and 2 other apps left the TOP 25 Free apps. Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas (Disney) and 2 other apps enters the TOP 25 Free apps. FIFA 11 by EA SPORTS™ and Scramble With Friends left the TOP 25 Paid apps. FIFA 11 becomes obsolete with the launch of FIFA 13 Temple Run: Brave (launched in June) enters the TOP 25

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As we promised last month, we will compile a monthly App Score Report, and this is the July edition.

So what are the main movements for July?

TOP 25 Ever – iPhone – Game Move the Box, Paper Toss, Logos Quiz Game & 2 other apps left the TOP 25 Free apps. Angry Birds Games fulfills the Top 25: Angry Birds Lite (#5), Angry Birds Free (#6), Angry Birds Rio Free (#15), Angry Birds Seasons Free (#21). SCRABBLE left the Top 25 Paid apps and its App Score dropped from 96 to 12! The new update really upset users. TOP 25 Ever – iPhone – Non Game Evernote and Movies by Flixster, with Rotten Tomatoes & 2 other apps left the Top 25 Free apps. [...]Read more

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Yes. We heard about Facebook app center. We read the news. But a lot of critical information and questions have been ignored. So we’re going to ask and lay out a few points here:

 

Words With Friends App Center 1

Facebook app center is NOT an app store: an app store means hosting apps, enabling delivery/download and transaction. Facebook App Center is a layer pointing to App Store apps App center ships with 600 apps “only”: how many are native mobile apps vs. actual Facebook web apps? There are tens of thousands of mobile apps using Facebook as a login. Why are they not listed? Facebook is said to point 83 million users in last month to the app store: unique users? from which country? [...]Read more

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This post is fairly technical in nature, but also fairly accessible.

Inter-app communication is still in its infancy. Indeed, as powerful software publishers would have it, each app or each suite of apps would attempt to lock users into a unique file format to achieve a sort of monopole. This is clearly what Microsoft was doing in the 90s with MS Office. Since then, the strong competitive and market forces got the best of the crypted files – Microsoft eventually gave way and started allowing a “clear” version of their files (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx), and even published the specifications of their native files (see the Microsoft Open Specification Promise).

Opening up the file format helped other vendors create alternative office suites, perhaps with competing formats, but almost always with a way to interchange files via an export menu option (Apple’s Keynote and [...]Read more