Weekly Indie Log #8
Topics: Downloads milestone, revenue distribution and the daily grind to HabitKit 1.6.0.
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 😏
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 🎉
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 😅
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 💪
That's it for this week, thank you very much for reading. I wish you all the best!
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