In Q1 this year I published my app to the Android Market.
The app was free so it slowly began gaining popularity. In approx 6 months it has been downloaded over 350,000 times with a 45% retention rate. I pride myself on the fact that the applications I publish work as well as possible and I fix any issues encountered or reported within a reasonable time frame. On the Android Market there is a huge number of ignorant users who have nothing better to do than download applications and give them bad ratings, or so it seems.
My application is a Magic 8 Ball that, as you would expect, acts like a Magic 8 Ball toy and shows random responses. I get bad ratings from ignorant users who over-analyze the application saying things like "It responds in the affirmative >80% of the time", "its always wrong" and "it's boring, don't bother downloading". The responses are as random as possible using Java's Rand and it's simply a novelty app...
How does everyone else fair with applications they have published and the ratings and reviews they are getting back?
On another note, after all this time I've decided to try to earn something from all the time I've spent on this free application and I signed up for an account with AdMob. Their little SDK was simple and quick to integrate to my application, a few lines in your manifest file, designer files, and java files and you're good to go.
Since updating with advertisements, I haven't gotten a lot of negative feedback regarding the ads but there have been a few reviews that complain about them. I truly and surprised by the number of clicks on the ads I've introduced to the application, the CTR is >2% which is astonishing compared to my web site ads CTR of <0.2%. How does everyone else feel about paid apps versus recurring revenue from ads inside the apps?