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Android Market App Rankings – Huh? October 30, 2009

Posted by andre in Mobile & Gadgets.
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You’ve made an app that you like and put it on the market. It goes on a tear and starts climbing the charts. You find that you have 10,000 downloads, a 4 star rating, and that your app is ranked number 20 in its category. Sounds great.

Then you check the 15th ranked app, it has 5,000 downloads and a 3 star rating.

Huh? What is going on here? I am not sure if anyone knows the Google Market formula except Google. In an ideal world, the market ranking system could not be gamed. If that is the case, then I think it would be great to know the ranking criteria. If there is a chance the market can be manipulated, then it might be better to keep the rankings a mystery.

So what might go into the Market Ranking? […]

via Android Market App Rankings – Huh? | AndroidGuys



1. IdeaTagger - October 30, 2009

Doubt this but could they be tracking:

a) usage stats, I.e how often users use your app

b) uninstall rates – proportion of users who uninstall your app and why?

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