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Important notice regarding iOS publishing

In the beginning of June, during Apple’s annual developer conference, they announced changes to their guidelines regarding app publication on the App Store. At the time, we did not believe that these changes would affect apps published via the AppSpotr platform, but during the last few days we’ve found out that Apple considers our apps to be in violation of said guidelines.

 

We’re currently working together with Apple on changes to our platform that will enable our apps to comply with the new guidelines. In the meantime we have removed App Store as a publish method in our platform as a pre-emptive measure.

 

Apps that already have been published will remain on the App Store, but we’re not able to update them. Content updates still works normally in the CMS.

 

We’re sorry for the inconvenience this is causing you, but we hope that you’ll bear with us while we work towards solving this issue. We’ll keep you posted when we have any new information to share.

 

These changes do not affect android apps

 

Pontus Backlund

CTO, AppSpotr AB

APPSPOTR SOON IN ALL CHINESE APP STORES

To all you haters saying magical horses don’t exist and that they can’t help you get into the Asian market: They do too! They can! And thanks to ours, AppSpotr apps will soon be available for 800 million Chinese smartphone users.

You remember Horsie, right? Our new forehead-horned BFF who promised to roll out the stardust sprinkled carpet for us in the mythical land of Asia? Yeah, that Horsie. It’s been less than two months since we shook hooves and signed our agreement with the blood of a leprechaun virgin. As you do. And already our friend delivers way beyond our wildest dreams!

We’re happy to announce (do clicketh here for press release in corporate English) that Novel Unicorn has landed us a deal with Hong Kong based app-distribution giant APPTUTTi, securing the technical prerequisites for a successful launch in China. This is no small feat. We’re talking the number one smartphone market in the world with over 800 million people that can build and download apps. Nothing short of a promised land for a company like us, of course, but one hidden behind a Great Wall of challenges. Until now, no Western app builder has managed to venture beyond. With this agreement we’ll smash right through that wall – and into every app store in China (there’s a lot of them).

Do you realise just how insanely big this is? Not sure even we do, but undoubtedly exciting times await. Stay tuned for the next episode of AppSpotr’s Appic Adventures in Asialand!

UNIQUE MERCH FOR YOUR APP

Soon the world’s best app builder will also be the world’s most convenient merch solution. Starting with our ancestral home of polar bears and horned helmets, we hope to unleash this functionality globally in the near future.

Apparently we’ve been aching to make new friends lately. Following Horsie last month comes Swedish company Unistore. They deal in the merch business, and are the go-to guys if you want to give your company some extra bling bling. Thanks to our new partnership you’ll be able to do just that – straight through the AppSpotr tool.

You’ll get the entire package, from a finished app to unique products, storing, distribution and payment management. Whether you’re selling soccer tees, indecent coffee cups or haute-couture mankinis, you can just lean back while we deal with the order and make sure it reaches your customer.

After we’ve sorted out the finer details, this functionality will be taken for a test run in Sweden – just in time for the swimsuit season. If everything goes well the rest of the world will follow.

 

APPSPOTR GOES ASIA

We have a new BFF, straight out of the story books. Together we’ll ride into the sunrise and make everything east of it ours. Watch out, Asia – we’re coming for you!

What’s the most Asian thing you can think of? People in straw hats? Mantis, crane and monkey style kung-fu? Speedrunning the hell out of Super Mario Bros 3 – blindfolded? Or maybe a certain man-made structure that is supposedly one of the few things on Earth to be seen from the moon?

Fair enough, all integral parts of Asian culture. And before long there’ll be plenty of apps dedicated to them all popping up in various app stores around. Because we’re going neon-sign big over there.

We know what you’re thinking – you’d find a unicorn before that happens. Well, we did! In our new business partner, investment company Novel Unicorn. Together we’re starting up AppSpotr Asia. This is a match made in heaven. Horsie has the experience, the business network and the stardust sprinkled horn in its face – we have the product.

Asia is home to the biggest telecoms and payment-solution providers on the planet, and these huge-ass companies are aching to build volume businesses alongside their traditional stuff. If we can manage to get things going with pimps of this dignity, world domination is ours. MOAHHHAAAAHAAA!

Perv for corporate stuff? Eeew! Here’s a press release that’ll get you in the mood.

PAYPAL PARTNERS WITH APPSPOTR TO OFFER APP-BASED E-COMMERCE SOLUTIONS

AppSpotr and PayPal have teamed up in an effort to market AppSpotr’s e-commerce solution. PayPal payments will be available in all new AppSpotr e-commerce apps.

PayPal approving AppSpotr as a Solution Partner means that AppSpotr’s app-based e-commerce solution will be marketed to B2B clients in various PayPal channels during 2017 and that Braintree and PayPal will be added to all Appspotr e-commerce apps. The initial launch will be aimed towards Western Europe.

Braintree is a full-stack payments platform that makes it easy to accept payments in an app or website. That allows clients to accept cards such as Visa or MasterCard and PayPal through a single integration.

AppSpotr is currently the only app-based e-commerce solution supplier to have been approved as a PayPal Solution Partner.

APP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: WICCON CEO ANDREAS WICKBERG

In App Close and Personal we get to know people somehow related to AppSpotr through an arbitrary number of reasonable and less reasonable questions. This episode we’re having a chat with Andreas Wickberg, CEO at web developing company and our partner-in-crime, Wiccon.

So, tell us a bit about yourself! Favorite color, zodiac sign … and just maybe even more importantly, your business?

Wiccon uses a yellowish/orange color combined with a 90 K grey. Uh, I like those two… Anyway, we are a development company. We do stuff related to stuff. Like, stuff. Awesome stuff. Our company is pretty straight forward, we help people with their digital presence. And with people I mean companies, and with presence I mean world domination. We build web and system solutions for start-ups and companies that want to go big. We are one of the very few companies in the world to work with outsourcing of fintech solutions, which means that start-ups and big companies put financial technology in our hands and trust us to do stuff like behind-the-scenes bank integrations. That’s a really big deal.

 

And then AppSpotr came into the picture. How did that happen?

In the worst of ways, you could say. Our relationship started with the abuse from a third-party company using our good names in an attempt to “sell without delivering” a few years ago. Without ever having met each other, we decided to join forces in dealing with it. We managed to sort it out, but at the cost of lots of money and even more time. But it was during this time that we found each other. AppSpotr is a bunch of really nice guys with big goals, not unlike ourselves. We met up and started a partnership in helping companies out with their already built apps. This later grew into the deeper partnership of today where we contribute to AppSpotr’s customer stock and source code.

 

What has the AppSpotr tool meant to your business?

In short, you know all those companies in the world that want an “easy to manage, nothing super advanced but still branded” kind of app and don’t have a 400,000-dollar budget? Well, we use AppSpotr for them. To make sure that the little guy – the small band, local coffee shop, hairdresser, restaurant and so on – can be a part of the app-world and reap the benefits that come with it.

 

What do you feel are the pros and cons of working with an app builder?

One of the good things is that we can give the customer super easy access to a CMS. You have probably used MailChimp for WordPress right? This is simpler and fewer things can go wrong. It pushes the updates automatically for you once you have set up your accounts correctly with Apple and Google.

On the flipside, Apple and Google are still the hurdle here. Once you get your own accounts it’s easy. The main drawback in regards to the app builder, however, is mostly limitations set by the big ones. Plus, of course it has some limitations where we can’t do all the advanced stuff. But frankly, the high-end stuff is reserved for the 400,000-dollar budget companies I mentioned earlier anyway.

 

Do you have any highly requested features among your clients that you think we should add to our platform?

Yes, that is why we are building it. We work close with the end customers, so we know what they’re looking for. And as a matter of fact, one such highly requested feature is currently being integrated into the AppSpotr platform.  AppSpotr uses the slogan “Game Changers”,  and that fits hand-in-glove here. A game changer, straight from the customer’s wishlist.

 

What’s the most fun or absurd request you’ve gotten from a customer? Any Skynets, maybe?

We get a lot of absurd request, mostly in the sense that they want to build their own Facebook application with a 5-dollar budget. As for fun, one of our recent app requests involved a Christmas calendar, and we really nailed that one. We simply used the free web module in AppSpotr and made some modifications. And we’ve also taken on a few crazy huge jobs throughout the years. Like when we ran a whole Festival with 400 bands playing, including live streaming of music, venues and calendar options. Aced it big time, again! There are some limitations when connecting this craziness with the native functions of the phone through the web module. Again, a big lock down on both Apple’s and Google’s side.

 

Where do you think the app market will be in ten years?

Still around, that’s for sure!

 

What would you rather build, a tourist app for North Korea or an app helping you perfect the art of cyber bullying?

Gee, they both sound very tempting… But I’d rather build a Skynet-esque dating app that scans the entire world to tell you who you should marry. No more swiping right that ends in utter disappointment – Skynet has a 100% success rate, so you’re guaranteed to get your perfect partner-for-life.

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