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10 billions apps promo : What happenend to the "Installation Graphs" (and my downloads) on android market?
by Thierry Brochart on 12/09/11 12:00:00 am

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In my previous post I was telling you that the downloads of our free games just dropped dangerously since few days... but then, when I checked all the other free aps/games on the android market, it showed on the chart ("Installations Graph" near the "numbers of installations") the exact same thing.
Very strangely this happened when Google announced the 10 billion apps downloaded milestone.
At first I thought that because we are close to XMas, people tend to download less, too occupied to work, shop... and also that all the smartphones' sales will have to wait until december 25th to suddenly appear on the Android Market and AppStore?
I now have another theory : the Promo is vampirising ALL the downloads... which is great news for the lucky owners of apps/games featured in the promo (here you can read that I'm jealous :) )  because those are supposed to be new clients that 'd have NEVER bought the app/game otherwise...
But it is very bad news for developers like us that are now looking at our depressing numbers of downloads since few days ago, and for the last days of promo to come....

You may say that I am wrong, because since yesterday I can't prove this, do you know why? Because Google just made disappear the "installations graph" from the details html page of every app/game on their android market!
"Installations Graph" was one of the great features Google introduced in july... how come it became dangerous to still show it since 2 days ago? I think you know my answer... in french we call it "Cache Misere"...or Camouflage?
I bet it will be back again in 7 days...

No hard feelings Google, it's not a rant, just me being jealous :) ... I may be the only one in the world to say that, but let's hope that promo will end very soon! (still 7 days to go for me ... sigh...) 
If anyone or people at Google would like to share their comments on this, right here, I'd be so glad to be proved wrong!


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