Ask developers why they make apps and you’re sure to receive a full spectrum of responses ranging from entirely rational to truly inspired. But no matter which way you slice it there’s one reason that’s certain to be ubiquitous: getting paid.
But how can developers know exactly how much money they’re supposed to get paid?
As anyone who’s tried to answer that question before can tell you, reliably calculating incoming payments from different app stores is no simple task. There are different financial calendars to consider, varying exchange rates to account for, multiple payment policies to keep track of, and the list goes on.
The details are certainly enough to make anyone’s head spin, and a lot of developers are feeling the pain. Several months ago, after many user requests, we set out to solve this problem, and today we’re thrilled to announce our solution: the Payments report.
Why you need it
- Accuracy first: Every app store has its own set of intricacies (different payment calendars, exchange rates, regions, etc.), so we built a system to diligently normalize the complexity of all the stores we track into a single data source you can always count on.
- Totals at a glance: Start off with a single number that sums up all your revenue (including app sales, in-app purchases, and ad revenue), and dig in for more information.
- Detailed breakdowns: Easily view payments grouped by individual stores and by individual products. If you ever tried to figure out the payment total for a specific iOS or Mac app, you know the reports Apple provides make it quite difficult. Our new Payments report does all the magic behind the scenes to give you accurate totals per app for every store.
- Fill in the blanks: Most stores release their financial reports at the end of each month, but no one wants to wait that long. When you choose a month that hasn’t ended yet the Payments report will automatically figure out if there’s another, less accurate data set it can use until the real data becomes available. Such numbers are clearly denoted as “Estimated”.
How is this report different from the other revenue reports?
Our other revenue reports are built around showing the most up-to-date information. While this information updates frequently, it isn’t 100% representative of what your bank statement may read at the end of the month (due to varying exchange rates and app store limitations). In contrast the new Payments report is all about total accuracy. It is based on the less frequently updated (monthly) financial data that’s provided by the individual app stores.
Where can I get it?
This report is available in the reports section of the site, alongside all of our existing reports. If you haven’t already click here to check it out.
Looks pretty simple, right? That’s the culmination of countless iterations by our engineering and design teams, as well as invaluable feedback from several pioneering members. We took great care to make sure we always present the most accurate data, and that it’s wrapped in a delightful interface. We already have some nice additions planned for this report, but first we can’t wait to hear your feedback!
iOS 8 was released this week and with it lots of new features for end-users and developers alike. One important feature for developers is app bundles. Joe Cieplinski covered App Bundles in our Road to iOS8 series a few weeks ago and today we’re happy to say that last night we rolled out complete support for app bundles throughout the platform.
We now track sales and downloads, ranks, reviews, and ratings for all of your app bundles. We’ll also let you know when any of your app bundles are featured anywhere in the world.
App bundles are a great way for developers to monetize their apps and we’re planning to introduce even more tools to understand app bundles in the future.
To get you started tracking quickly we put together a short list of most asked questions about app bundles:
How will app bundles show up in my reports?
App bundles will show as a new item in your product list with a special icon. Don’t worry, we’re also working to get the real icon in there. Your app bundles will also show as separate products in your email reports.
Update: We now have real bundle icons, and they’re beautiful! ( )
How are bundle completions tracked?
Apple completes bundles by refunding the purchase of the app and then charging for the full bundle. To the end-user this shows as a single transaction but developers get more details.
We currently show those completions as a standard return for the app but under the hood we track it as a completion and do plan to show it as a separate data set in the near future.
Will bundle downloads increase the total app downloads?
No. App bundles are tracked as separate products on our end.
Do I have to pay extra to track bundles?
Yes. An app bundle costs the same price as an additional app.
If you have a question we didn’t answer feel free to get in touch on live chat or by email.
Over the past few years there have been quite a few changes here at appFigures. We’ve added support for new stores and ad networks. We’ve expanded our app store data offerings. We’ve seen folks create apps in our ecosystem, both publicly and privately. With all these changes, API v1.1 was getting a little dusty, so a new version of the API was in order.
Today we’re happy to officially announce API v2.
API v2 adds access to public data and supercharges reviews, featured, and ranks. New, unified,
product_ids let you ask for sales and public data by the same id easily. Along the way we’ve fixed quite a few bugs, added some features and cleaned up some representations that were clunky. Overall, it will make using the API even better than it was before.
Here’s a quick overview of the new features. You can check out the documentation for a full list of changes.
API v2 brings with it a few new routes to enable access to datasets that were only available on the site until now. The new routes include:
/ranks/snapshot. You can probably tell what datasets they represent by their name.
New app reviews engine
We’ve been working really hard on a very powerful engine for app reviews. You’ve probably seen some of the announcements. API v2 takes full advantage of this new engine and exposes a brand new
/reviews route written from the ground up to support searching, filtering, sorting, and translating reviews with ease.
OAuth for 3rd party access
Basic Auth is great when you need to use the API for yourself and don’t need the overhand of a security provider. It isn’t that great however for 3rd party integrations because it means your private credentials will be exposed to that 3rd party.
New in API v2 is OAuth support, which is required for 3rd party access, making your username and password invisible to to everyone without limiting access.
Public Data API
Until today the API only enabled access to apps you own, forcing you to visit the site to get ranks, reviews, and other information about apps you don’t. API v2 removes that limitation with a new add-on so you can get public data for any app you wish. Check out the Public Data Access page for more details.
We’ve taken the time to make small improvements across the entire API such as: improved date management, more options to pivot on, and access to all ad networks. Check out the complete list of changes, or dive right into the documentation.
A couple of weeks ago we quietly added a new filter to the new reviews report: a date picker.
The report already has a bunch of filters so you can get to the reviews you really want to see but with a date picker you can now focus on specific dates.
Simple date selection
You’ll notice that this date picker is a slightly improved version of the picker we introduced in the featured report a while back. The new picker uses our natural language date parser so it understands terms like today, last 7 days, and even more complicated terms like last Christmas.
Google recently improved game discovery in the Play store by adding 12 new game categories. We’re now tracking all of those categories so you can easily check which apps are ranking high (with the Top Apps report) or how any app is trending (with the Ranks report).
Here’s the full list in case you’re curious:
- Role Playing
Not too long ago we overhauled our exporting system to support two new common formats. Today we’re extending exporting support to a new format: Excel (.xlsx).
While at it, we also made exporting more flexible by adding a custom second breakdown. You can now export your sales and ads reports broken down by any combination of: products, countries, or dates.
FYI – With this update we also retired the legacy TSV format that’s been deprecated a few months ago.
We have great news for developers who are monitizing with Chartboost and InMobi. Today we’re rolling out integrations for both ad networks!
To link your Chartboost or InMobi accounts, simply go into Account settings > Linked accounts.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions about the new integrations.
More integrations are coming!
If Chartboost or InMobi aren’t the networks you use, don’t worry, we’ve got a few more integrations in the pipeline. We’re always looking for beta testers, so if you’d like to help just let us know.
A lot has changed since we first rolled out the new reviews report. Today we’re rolling out one of the most requested additions – review downloading.
Downloading your reviews is as easy as exporting any of your other reports. Just head over to the new reviews report, click the button and select “Download”. The downloaded file will include all of the reviews currently visible on your screen, sorted and filtered.
Pro tip – By default the report displays (and exports) 10 reviews at a time. You can easily get more by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and selecting a different number of reviews per page.
As you may already know, Google recently gave AdMob a complete makeover. While the new UI is great it no longer works with the old AdMob API which is why members who migrated to the new AdMob stopped getting new ad reports.
We now support the new AdMob API and highly recommend linking your new AdMob account by going into Account settings → Linked accounts. Linking the new account will should bring in new reports within the hour and will not cause any duplication of old data.
Legacy notice: We’re keeping support for legacy AdMob accounts, so if you don’t have a new AdMob account you don’t need to take any action right now.
We’re never really “done” with a report or feature, but are always working hard to make them even better. For the last few months we’ve been doing just that for the new Reviews report, and here are the most recent updates:
We’re now importing reviews for iBooks
By popular demand, we’re now showing reviews for iBooks in the new report. iBook reviews get all the new features that up until now were only available to apps. Enjoy!
Scanning for new reviews more often
To be able to add all the new features to reviews we had to switch away from real-time scans to scanning for new reviews in the background. Initially we started with a scan every few days but have been scaling that and are now scanning for new reviews multiple times per day so your reviews should always be up to date.
Keyword and author search is faster
We’ve been making infrastructure improvements so searches are now even snappier than before.
Improved integration with email reports
Email reports are now getting fed the most recent reports so you can stay up to date. Reviews can be translated to the language of your choice as well.
To change how reviews are displayed in your email reports go to Account settings > Email Reports →
A brand new API route
Up until now the new reviews engine was not available through the API. In v2 of our API all of the new features were added to a completely redesigned route that’s simple and intuitive.
Check out the documentation for more details.