Why are so many apps buggy?
Is it just me or does it seem like every app in the app store has at least one or two annoying bugs? Is the iPhone really that hard to develop for? I'm not just talking about the free apps. I paid 10 dollars for simcity and have to reboot every time I want to play. I'm not going to list every app on my phone and the associated bug, but I'm really kind of fustrated here.
- 01-26-2009, 08:14 AM #2
- 01-26-2009, 09:16 AM #3
Some of ones done by small developers or just one person seem to be this way. Apps from large companies though tend to run very well and bug free. Those apps probably have a small team of people all working and have been able to do more checks than a single person or small dev. company working alone.
Just be careful and watch what you do, there are plenty of bug free great apps out there.
- 01-26-2009, 12:20 PM #5
Last edited by msbaylor; 01-26-2009 at 12:26 PM.
- 01-27-2009, 10:32 PM #6
- 01-28-2009, 10:34 AM #7
A LOT of people are just putting together apps and learning along the way. Not that I am naming any names (ME). It is the best way to learn. The best thing the community could do is to buy these apps (if they look interesting) and support the smaller developers. These are the people that are not controlled by a company and are free to add user suggested features quickly.
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- 02-11-2009, 06:23 AM #16
As a developer of a sound-based app (100sounds.com), the most common complaint is "I'm not hearing any sounds!"
Without fail, they have their iPhone Ringer Switch on MUTE.
When they email us, our auto-responder tells them to check that, and we also follow up. Many of them don't even know they have such a switch. Also, to be fair, not all apps obey the switch, but our app does, so they might be conditioned into thinking it only applies to ringtones.
But the problem is the folks who DON'T contact us and post a bad review. Even if they figure it out later, they don't update the review.
So, bottom line, if you have trouble with an app, visit the developer's website, where they have a lot more room to offer help (iTunes limits you to 4,000 characters and 5 pictures). Our site has a Flash demo, FAQs, etc.