Weekly Indie Log #8

Weekly Indie Log #8

Topics: Downloads milestone, revenue distribution and the daily grind to HabitKit 1.6.0.

Check out my apps: HabitKit, WinDiary and Liftbear!

We reached a new cool milestone with my habit-tracking app HabitKit this week: The new highest download count in one day on Google Play is 432! This number stands against roughly 1,500 people who visited the store listing on that day. I have absolutely no idea whether this is a good conversion rate or not, but I'm happy and content with these numbers for now!

I got a lot of DMs and emails after this post on X asking what I did to optimize my store listing. The truth is that I never changed something explicitly for Google Play. I copied everything from my App Store (iOS) listing and didn't even changed the device cases on the screenshots. When I get to redo my app store screenshots I will definitely try to fine-tune some things here and there for Google Play.

Another cool thing happened this week: The stars aligned and both platforms (iOS + Android) almost generated the same amount of revenue for my app business. I am pretty happy that I chose Flutter as my development framework which allows me to easily deploy my apps to both platforms. Imagine having only half the revenue ๐Ÿ˜


HabitKit 1.6.0

Another week of developing the latest update for HabitKit. Had to start with fixing weird tooling issues on Android. The app didn't build in debug mode anymore and this was a crucial prerequisite for me to actually start testing the app. After searching for 2 days and some forth and back, I finally found the solution. An external package that I use for the app went rogue and couldn't handle apps that run below Kotlin 1.8.x any more. The newest version of this package fixed this mistake and I could continue testing ๐ŸŽ‰

After fixing multiple bugs and performance issues that I found while testing the Android version, I had to remember how to set up app signing and bundling for APKs. I bought a new laptop after the last HabitKit update and now I had to set this up again. This cost me at least one hour and I really had to revive my old laptop again to retrieve the private app signing key ๐Ÿ˜…

All in all, I'm not happy with this week's progress and I hope to finally get HabitKit 1.6.0 ready for closed beta testing next week. I've got a few days of vacation and besides celebrating Halloween I will focus on getting things done ๐Ÿ’ช

That's it for this week, thank you very much for reading. I wish you all the best!

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