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We’re thrilled to announce the availability of our Air Display app on the Android platform. Air Display is available for $9.99 in Amazon’s Appstore for Android.
Click here to see Air Display in the Amazon Appstore!
Lots of App Markets
Air Display is now available all over the place:
- iOS App Store (for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch)
- Amazon’s Appstore for Android (for Android tablets)
- Mac App Store (for Mac OS X)
- Samsung’s Bada store (for Samsung WAVE smartphones)
- Intel’s AppUp store (for Windows).
Mac: Retail Edition
We also have a new “Mac: Retail” edition of Air Display that you can purchase directly from our web site. It’s just like the Mac App Store edition, but without some of the Mac App Store restrictions. Advantages of the Retail edition include:
- Try before you buy.
- Volume discount ($19.99 for 1, $14.99 for 2 or more)
- Run on older Macs (PowerMac or Intel)
- Run on older OS (Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer)
But back to the Android version. We’re really excited to see how this goes. The conventional wisdom is that people aren’t buying Android apps. That $0.99 is too expensive for an Android app, and that for ten bucks you should get a private audience with God Himself. This should be an interesting experiment.
We released Air Display on Android a couple of weeks ago. Here’s how it’s going so far.
First observation: Sales on Amazon’s Appstore for Android are much, much slower than on Google’s Android Market. And Android Market is in turn much, much slower than Apple’s App Store. Now, part of this may be that Air Display really shines on a tablet, a form factor on which Android hasn’t been particularly successful. (Frankly, I think this is because tablet users actually want to get things done, while phone users primarily want to make phone calls and be entertained. A glance at the top-grossing lists for iPhone and for iPad supports this.) We’re hoping some of the Ice Cream Sandwich-based tablets are more popular in the market than the current crop of Android tablets.
Second, Air Display’s user ratings are great on Android. But as expected, some Android users are absolutely appalled that we are charging $9.99 for Air Display. One user comment says, “why are you charging $10 while others charge $.99 or $1.99? don’t you think $10 is a little steep for this program? Just seems like if i wanted it i would go and find a download for it. lower the price and you might make some kind of money. you can safely charge $1.99 $2.99 or possibly $3.99 at $10 you might as well just expect little people paying for it and mostly download it elsewhere. just a tip. hope you listen :P”
Allow me to paraphrase: “Why are you people charging a reasonable price for your product, when I can get a stolen copy from a thief for nothing? If I want it and your price doesn’t work for me, I will steal it from you. Might burgle your home too. Watch yourself.”
But in general user feedback has been very positive. Our first released version had a bug that made Air Display unusable on certain devices. It was embarrassing. But once we heard about it we scrambled to release a fix within twenty-four hours. Now we have had several user comments complimenting our tech support team. That feels pretty good!