Thursday, November 28, 2013

Introducing our first evangelist – Jeffrey Harmon

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As you most likely know we are based in Lithuania (and I can’t blame you if you don’t know where that is). The thing is, quite a lot of our friends are based on the other side of the pond and are wide awake when we are asleep. So we thought that we need some help in spreading the word, helping developers and our US partners while we watch those dreams.

My first contact with Jeff was exactly one year ago, when he wrote a lengthy email to the under-the-radar section of the AppBizDev podcast. Later on we had him as guest. And finally we met in person at Build 2013 where I watched Jeff demonstrate uncharacteristically great (for a developer) communication skills. That’s when I knew that this is the guy I’d love to have on our team. And luckily he said yes.

Here’s Jeff’s “official” bio in case you are wondering who he is in “real life”:

Jeffrey Harmon, having started programming at the age of 11, has been in the database/application development field for over 15 years.  He is currently a Lead Application Developer for Quaero in Burlington, MA during the day, and founder of AgileData Software (ADS) at night.  After  starting ADS based around business software for working with large data files, he fell in love with the design and consumer focus of "Metro" for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and his app Memorylage has been quite successful on both platforms.  He is active in the Microsoft community, both locally, as well as on line, and can be found most often on Twitter at @jrharmon82.

If you’ve seen AdDuplex challenge on DVLUP you have probably watched the video introduction to AdDuplex Jeff made and, if you happen to live in the Boston area, chances are high you’ve met him in person.

This post is long overdue and I’m sorry for that, but we are extremely happy to finally officially welcome you to the family, Jeff, and thankful for the great work you’ve done so far and will do in the future!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

AdDuplex Windows Phone Statistics Report for November 2013

It’s time for another Windows Phone statistics report. Did Lumia 1520 make a splash in just one day on the market? Which phones are the most popular in top Windows Phone markets? Read on to find out.

Data source

This report is based on data collected from 2,087 Windows Phone apps running AdDuplex SDK v.2. The raw data analyzed was collected over the day of November 22nd, 2013 (UTC time) unless otherwise stated. We have made every attempt to consolidate different reported phone model names under their canonical retail model names, but it is possible that some of the rare model name variations were not accounted for.

Worldwide stats

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

5,000

5,000. Is it a big or a small number? Well, it depends. Is 5,000 apps a big number? Well, if it’s a total number of apps in the app store, then it’s a tiny number. If it’s a number of apps one person made, then it’s huge (and most likely those weren’t very demanding projects ;)

We have reached 5,000 app actively using AdDuplex today and we consider it an awesome achievement. It was difficult to imagine 5,000 apps, so we decided to represent them somehow in the physical world. So we thought “what physical objects could represent these 5,000 completely different apps wrapped in a standard distribution package?”

Let me introduce AdDuplex’ version of the “app wall” …

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Yes, these are 5,000 m&m’s and no, we are not going to eat them all in one seating.

Turns out it’s clearly quite a lot and 5 thousand apps is definitely a huge number when you can actually visualize it. This makes this milestone even more meaningful, exciting and inspiring for us and we hope to add 5 more to this gallery soon!

Thank you very much to everyone who participates in the cross promotion part of AdDuplex! Thank you to everyone who supported us over the years by purchasing commercial advertising from us! Thank you to everyone who spread the word about AdDuplex and helped us get where we are today!

P.S.: We wanted to award the 5,000’s app, but there’s no definitive way to pick the exact app. So we decided to pick a random app from those that launched on AdDuplex yesterday (and allowed us to publicize their use of AdDuplex).

This app is LIVE Brush Canvas Draw and it’s getting 5,000 thousands (aka 5 million) free ad impressions on AdDuplex. Congrats Axilesoft!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

AdDuplex SDK for Windows 8.1 WinJS Edition Released

We have updated our WinJS Windows SDK to natively support Windows 8.1 development. You can get it via Visual Studio Extension from within VS or the gallery. Please see the documentation section in the client area for details.

Monday, November 18, 2013

And the Winner Is…

We have announced these “risky” sweepstakes back in September and it wasn’t clear if the actual products we have promised would materialize in time to award the winner.

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Luckily the rumors were true and both devices were announced in October. Having said that, Lumia 1520 is still not widely available so it was pretty easy to choose what should be the prize.

The only thing left is selecting the winner. Our old friend Random.org to the rescue.

More than 900 apps were eligible for the draw and the winner is …

Thursday, November 14, 2013

AdDuplex Windows Phone SDK v.2.8.0.4 Released

We have released an updated version of our SDK for Windows Phone XAML based apps (both for WP7.x and WP8 apps). This update mitigates a rare NullReferenceException issue.

An important change is that we have combined SDKs for apps targeting Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.1 into one nuget package.

For apps targeting Windows Phone 8 nothing changes, but if you are working on a WP7 app you will need to remove the reference to the old (WP7) package and re-add it from the new package to get the updated version. All the future updates will come via this unified package. No code changes should be necessary. See documentation for the details on how to add this package to your Windows Phone project.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

SDK for Windows 8.1 XAML Apps is Out

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of AdDuplex SDK for Windows 8.1 XAML apps (including both C#/VB.NET and C++ based apps).

Install the SDK via the Visual Studio extension by searching for AdDuplex in the Visual Studio Gallery directly from within Visual Studio (Tools > Extensions and Updates > Online > Visual Studio Gallery), select "AdDuplex SDK for Windows 8.1 (XAML)". Or just get it from the Gallery web page. See the Documentation for details.

Note: due to an incompatibility of Nuget with the new way XAML controls are distributed for Windows 8.1 we recommend you use Visual Studio extension to get the SDK. We will make the Nuget version available at a later date once the issue is resolved.