Building an ecosystem — Apps by Indians
Shining the spotlight on small Indian developers
The few years I’ve spent as an indie-developer were some of the most fulfilling of my life, and also the most challenging. One part of this was the lack of mentorship and community around you to bounce ideas off, something we hope the collective can fix. The other, simply, is getting attention.
This is one problem that is particularly close to my heart, and one that I’ve tried to solve bit-by-bit over the years. It started with writing for Phandroid, where I loved writing app reviews, and then followed that up with my efforts with the Google Developer Groups in India, including starting the Android App Expo event series in Bangalore.
From everything that I’ve seen, and all the people I’ve spoken to, what I’ve found is that everyone unanimously wants to try out the work of smaller devs. The problem, ultimately, becomes of curation and friction with respect to discovery.
That’s what I hope to solve by experimenting with the Apps by Indians android app. The goal is to share 2–3 apps a week with users, with very brief reviews of the app, and make it possible for them to quickly jump to the Play Store page and download it. One swipe to read about it, two taps to have it installed on your device.
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