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NEW FEATURE: GOOGLE ADMOB

With the possibility to put a price tag on AppSpotr apps, you can now cashcowify your creations. And guess what, making money on our platform just got even easier. Ladies, gentlemen, genderfluid and otherkin … we present: ads!

Starting today, the world’s number one echo system for in-app advertising is supported in your favorite app builder. And this means? Bingo – as many of you have requested, you can now show ads in your app! Google AdMob gives you full control of your advertising and makes it easy to maximise revenue. Customise your advertising by choosing your preferred ad format, filtering out ads you don’t want and lots of other stuff we won’t go into detail about here.

How to grace your creation with this splendid tool, you ask? It’s really simple. First off, get a Google AdMob account. Check. Submit your details to our system. Check. Lo and behold! For a mere two bucks a month, beautiful ads will now be displayed in your app. Paycheck!

Yep, that’s pretty much it. Now go make the world a better place by serving your users all those private-parts surgeries and Game of Thrones rip-off strategy games they never had a clue they needed.

APP OF THE MONTH: BEATZSPIRE

August’s App of the Month brings some serious untz untz untz to the table with an app dedicated entirely to underground electronic music. Whether you want to discover new artists in the genre, listen to old-school classics or watch the DJs out there go at it, Beatzspire won’t leave you disappointed.

Electronic music has literally exploded in the last couple of years with artists such as Avicii and Swedish House Mafia dominating charts and clubs across the globe. But for those who are really into the genre, big names like these don’t define it. There’s a huge underground scene for electronic music across a wide spectrum of subgenres and artists waiting to be explored. And that’s where this app comes in.

 

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Lots of content spread across five different categories: News, Discover, Classics, Mixed and Live

 

Beatzspire gives you everything from new releases and old-school classics to top-tier mixes and even recorded DJ performances to discover. Enjoy all of the sweetest tracks and live-performance videos in trip hop, dubstep and all the other subgenres we hardly knew existed. With new content added regularly, this is a great place to get your daily fix and keep yourself updated on the scene.

 

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Beatzspire takes full advantage of AppSpotr’s convenient real-time updating system by adding fresh content every week.

 

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Dig to some of the sharpest DJ performances out there with embedded YouTube videos, brought to you by our one-buck premium module Content+.

 

Beatzspire delivers a huge library of songs and videos wrapped in deep but logical structure and slick design. Whether you’re a casual fan of house music interested to see what the more obscure corners of the genre offers or a hardcore electronica elitist that knows the scene like Ben Affleck knows Matt Damon, this app is a must-download. Five out of five pills you have no idea what they’re doing (don’t take them!) from the AppSpotr team.

THE FUTURE OF APPSPOTR

During our first year in the game, AppSpotr has attracted 130,000 unique users from all around the globe. Pretty damn awesome if you ask us. And, again, assuming we’re asked (after all, this is our blog), it’s only the beginning. With fresh $$$ in the bank and a stronger-than-ever belief in our service, here are a couple of appic things to expect from us in the future.

 

PUBLISH TO YOUR OWN APP STORE ACCOUNT

As many of you have requested, it’s now possible to publish apps to your own Google Play account. Soon the same will happen for App Store. What this means? Total control of your app, including the option of putting a price tag on it. Keep your eyes open for this change in the upcoming weeks.

 

IN-APP ADVERTISING

Another widely requested feature, soon brought to you by your favorite app builder, is the possibility of allowing ads in your app for some extra dough. First out is Google AdMob for Android, ready for launch like about right now, with iOS functionality following shortly after.

 

USER-BUILT TEMPLATES

Our first step towards opening up the AppSpotr Marketplace for all you creatives out there will be user-built templates. You know how it works. Come up with a concept, pick your modules, work some design magic and put a price tag on your fab creation. Then lean back and watch both your bank account and your karma meter go Jack and the Beanstalk. Yes, this is really happening! Soon.

 

USER-BUILT MODULES

Making AppSpotr a place where coders and non-coders coexist in perfect harmony. That has been our vision all along. Because let’s face it, even if we spent every waking minute inventing and building new modules, there are limits to what our time and creativity could achieve. And you know what we say to limits, right? Screw them. We don’t want to put coders out of business. We want to make them more business. That’s why, in six months or so, we’re opening up our platform for everyone to build and sell their own modules through our Marketplace. We can’t wait to be hit by the hailstorm of creativity this will unleash. Like a big-ass all-you-can-eat buffet with a thousand chefs lining up just waiting to serve you. Or, if you will, like a WordPress for apps. That’s where we’re going.

NEW MODULE: CONTENT+

Level up your app with Content+! Equipped with a bunch of exclusive features and our first-ever web-shop function, this module unlocks entirely new possibilities on the AppSpotr platform.

The latest addition on our Marketplace is the roided twin of trusty ol’ Content. Content+ builds on the concept of its lighter sibling and boosts your app with embedded sound and video, maps, tables and galleries. Supporting purchases through PayPal, this module is our first step towards integrated web-shop functionality.

Content+ is available for $1 a month on AppSpotr Marketplace.

Appy building!

 

 MODULE FEATURES

  • PayPal button for web-shop purchases
  • Embedded sound from SoundCloud
  • Embedded videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Vine and Bambuser
  • Swipeable image gallery
  • Tables
  • Maps

 

 

APP OF THE MONTH: DEAD BY APRIL

July’s App of the Month takes a step into the realm of music. Dead By April lets us indulge in all kind of stuff relating to the Swedish pop-metal band with the same name. If you want to get to know the band and their music a little better, check up on their tours, buy merchandise and so on, this is the place!

Dead by April is a pop-metal band from the mythical land of long-legged blondes, supposed polar bears and the best app builder in the galaxy. Yeah, you heard us! The band was formed in 2007 and debuted with their self-titled album in May 2009. Dead by April consists of four members out of which two have been consistent since the debut album. So far the band has managed to produce three albums, with a fourth one scheduled for release in 2016. Combining silk-smooth vocals and brooding lyrics with heavy guitar riffs and incoherent growling, the band’s success stretches far and wide, from Europe to North America to Japan.

 

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A prime example of what a band app should look like. Lots of stuff for fans to play around with and a nice visual theme to boot.

 

The Dead by April app turns your phone into a portable little shrine of worship where you can read personal stuff about the band members, get info on their upcoming tours, check out lyrics and tabs, buy merchandise, follow their blog, access contests, watch music videos, make blood offerings and so on. Well, okay, maybe not that last part. Yet! But it’s most likely a highly requested feature and as such only an update away. Yeah, basically Dead by April gives you everything you could wish for in an app like this.

 

Listen to music on the less explicit side of the wide spectrum called metal. Lyrics involving lube, a fist and Jesus Christ not included.

 

We’re excited to see a band using the biggest platform for communication to promote themselves while pampering their fans. The app helps Dead by April reach out to a wider audience and establish a more intimate connection with their current fans at the same time, so it’s a powerful hand to play. And they’re playing it well.

Other artists out there should take note and make the best out of this opportunity – especially now, with app building becoming so accessible.

 

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Merch bonanza. Buy everything from T-shirts and hats to special edition CDs and even meet-and-greets with the band.

 

Tag along on their tours digitally and keep yourself updated on concerts in your proximity.

 

Dead by April uses Web Pages, Content, List and Locations among other modules to provide their fans with one-touch access to just about everything everything they’d ask for. In an increasingly tough business where no combination of solid music, edgy hairdos and rock-star attitude is a safe ticket to fame anymore, Dead by April has taken to innovation to stand out in the competition. We’re excited to see where this leads the band, and as other artists realise the power in the platform, the music industry as a whole.

NEW FEATURE: ANDROID AUTOMATIC

With the recent changes to Google Play publishing, users can finally publish AppSpotr apps to their own account. This is obviously awesome news, but on the flipside you now have to deal with all of the tedious and time consuming stuff surrounding publishing yourself. Right? Wrong – thanks to a little something called Android Automatic!

As you probably know, AppSpotr has been going through some big changes for the Android platform lately. These changes open up for paid apps and ads, but they also mean that you as a user will be taking care of all the tasks involved when publishing on your own, from providing screenshots and filling out forms to downloading, uploading and updating the app. Unless – and this is a big unless – you use our service Android Automatic.

For the monthly price of a shitty pizza slice and a soda, you can leave the entire process in our hands. Just register a Google Play Developer account and invite us to manage it. Once we’ve verified your invitation, you’ll be able to activate Android Automatic by choosing our account when publishing an app for the first time.

Read more about all of this in our extensive guide.

 

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