Have you ever bought apps at a wholesale price?

Currency Banknotes Sells Wholesale Copies on Appbackr

Currency Banknotes, the unique currency converter iPhone app that allows users to view paper bill images, is available in the Appbackr wholesale marketplace at $10 for every 22 copies. Individuals can purchase copies of Currency Banknotes in bulk, for a 27% return on investment when the app sells on the iTunes App Store.

TechiXoft, the company behind the finance and travel app Currency Banknotes, is now selling copies of the app through Appbackr, the first and only wholesale marketplace for mobile apps. Buyers, aptly named as “backrs,” can purchase copies of Currency Banknotes for a fraction of its original price, and collect the difference once the app sells on the Apple App Store.

Originally priced at $0.99 a piece, backrs will be able to buy copies of Currency Banknotes for $0.45, provided that they purchase at least 22 copies of the app. A minimum purchase of $10 can earn buyers $13 in revenue.

Currency Banknotes was well-received in the Appbackr marketplace. It was recently featured as “App of the Week” on the popular website, and has already earned over $2500.00. It will be on sale for 27 more days, and individuals are encouraged to purchase copies of the app at a wholesale rate, while they’re still available.

Aside from the unique features of Currency Banknotes, John Nicasio, CEO of TechiXoft, also attributed their marketplace success to the app’s great performance in various App Stores around the world. Currency Banknotes has reached the Top 25 for the Finance category in several countries including the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and more. It was also featured in several iPhone and travel websites, and was named as one of the Top 5 Smart Currency Converter Apps by Mashable.

“We think that the app’s accomplishments and the amazing coverage that it received made it very attractive to backrs.” Nicasio furthered that the funds that they receive from backrs will be used to update and add more features to the app.

Android Version

TechiXoft intends to release an Android version of Currency Banknotes, and the company is also raising funds with the help of Appbackr. “The Android version will be in the works very soon,” said Nicasio. Those who wish to invest in the app’s Android counterpart can purchase copies of Currency Banknotes for a wholesale rate of $0.35. With a minimum purchase of $10, the app has a 54% return on investment.

About Currency Banknotes

Currency Banknotes is the only currency converter that lets users actually see what they’re converting. The app can convert over 150 currencies, and can display a total of nearly 1000 currency images, including rare and hard-to-find banknotes. Users can even zoom in and out of the images to see the paper bills in full detail. Truly a first of its kind, Currency Banknotes was commended by numerous tech and travel websites alike.

A video demonstration of the app can be found here:http://youtu.be/_o157KgA3oM

Copies of Currency Banknotes can be purchased in bulk on the appbackr website:http://www.appbackr.com/apps/techixoft/currency-banknotes

 

Currency Banknotes for iPhone Hits Finance Category’s Hot List

Los Angeles, California – Currency Banknotes by TechiXoft settled into the 6th spot of the Finance Category’s “What’s Hot” list on September 28 (US). This is not the first time that the app was featured in the App Store, though. Currency Banknotes was also named as “New and Noteworthy” in Greece earlier this month. “We are thrilled to have made it to the Hot List of Finance,” said TechiXoft CEO John Nicasio. “It goes to show that good apps don’t stay unnoticed for long.”

The app also received significant media coverage. Mashable included Currency Banknotes in its list of 5 Smart Apps for Currency Conversion. The popular blog praised its image gallery feature and stated that, “knowing what money is supposed to look like can help you from getting ripped off.”

Additionally, Mountain Weekly News also noticed the app, and mentioned that “Currency Banknotes currency converter for iPhone will become your best friend while traveling.”

“The attention from the blogosphere and Apple is truly overwhelming,” said Nicasio. He added that the TechiXoft team is humbled by all the buzz about Currency Banknotes.

About the App:
Currency Banknotes can convert over 150 currencies with at touch of a button. What sets it apart though is its capability to showcase banknote images together with the conversion rates. Truly a first of its kind, the Currency Banknotes app displays a total of nearly 1000 currency images, including rare and hard-to-find banknotes. Users can even zoom in and out of the images to see the paper bills in full detail.

All the paper bill images are stored in the app’s wide database, allowing users to swiftly browse through the Currency Banknotes gallery even without an Internet connection.

TechiXoft aims to make Currency Banknotes the go-to currency converter in the App Store. “We believe that it’s an app that a lot of iPhone users will benefit from. After all, everyone needs a converter app in their phone,” said Nicasio. Nicasio furthered that the app is ideal for travelers because it allows them to convert currencies while on the go, and also gives them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with foreign paper bills before or during their trip.

Moreover, Currency Banknotes offers a unique opportunity for people to get a glimpse of foreign cultures. “The app gives users the chance to admire the architecture, people, and traditions of other nations. You can learn a lot about other countries simply by examining their paper bills,” said Nicasio.

Cutting into the Clutter of the App Store in Less than a Week

Build it, work hard, assemble a great marketing team, have a little bit of luck, and the downloads will come. Oh, but don’t forget to ask for help from your friends.

Too simplistic? Maybe. But that’s how Currency Banknotes made it to the 14th spot of the top paid apps in the App Store’s Finance category after just five days of its launch. We discovered that if you make a QUALITY app that’s useful and will truly make people’s lives easier, you WILL make it to the coveted top 25. Just be sure to set the stage, and have bursts of downloads during the first couple of days after you launch.

Diligence, dedication, prayers and a little help from friends and before we know it, we started seeing some organic downloads and reviews. Next thing we know, we’re on the first page of the App Store’s finance category.

Note: Another important thing is choosing your category wisely. Our app could be under three different categories, finance, travel and utilities. We chose finance simply because there is less competition (but the category certainly isn’t lacking good quality apps.)

Currency Banknotes is available on the App Store. Download it here.

 

A Big Thank You to the Bro Lifeline Supporters!

Credit: woodleywonderworks / Flickr

Credit: woodleywonderworks / Flickr

We know that expressions of gratitude are usually reserved at the end of a project or endeavor, but we here at TechiXoft are so darned pleased with how Bro Lifeline has performed thus far, that we just can’t wait to thank you guys.

In less than a week’s time of being out in the App Store and Android Market, Bro Lifeline received a lot of online coverage. Not only did the news spread across numerous sources, Bro Lifeline was chosen by Phandroid to be one of their apps for the day on 8/12. It was well-received by the Android Community, as the app was able to break into the Top 100 list of the Lifestyle Category!

The fact that CNET actually gave us the time of day was pretty sweet as well. We appreciate Amanda Kooser’s commentary, and her insights on the app gave us ideas for our next update. (So watch out for a better Bro Lifeline next time around!)

Next up are our online partners who have done wonders in spreading the word about Bro Lifeline. Special thanks to  Be Awesome InsteadBarney Stinson’s Only RuleBro Code Inc.Mr. Awesome, and That moment you slap your friend in the face because they don’t like HIMYM for posting shout-outs on Facebook. If you haven’t hit the LIKE button on these pages yet, please do it NOW (Yes, we’ll wait.) Done? Good.

Finally, a big fat THANK YOU to everyone who downloaded Bro Lifeline! We hope you enjoy the app as much as we enjoyed creating it. Use it wisely, bros.

PS: If you haven’t done so yet, download the Bro Lifeline app today!

 

The Secret Behind Angry Birds’ Success (Part 1 of 2)

Alright, if you’ve never heard of Angry Birds, then either you’ve been extremely busy and productive, or you’ve been living under a rock this past year or so. In any case, here’s what you need to know: Angry Birds is the widely popular mobile game developed by Finland-based company Rovio that involves using a slingshot to launch birds at pigs. It’s a very simple mobile application that has caught worldwide attention, and has delivered staggering numbers. In fact, as of May 2011, Rovio announced that Angry Birds topped 200 Million downloads. (Yes, that is a LOT of Angry Birds.) The app is available across numerous mobile operating systems including iOs, Android, HP WebOS, and Windows Phone 7.

Now we here at TechiXoft already have our theories on why the game is so popular and addicting. And doing some research confirmed our hunches that the success of Angry Birds can be attributed to two main things: marketing and psychology.

Discussing the two concepts would result to an extremely lengthy blog post, so allow us to focus on one key aspect for now: marketing.

First and foremost, those darn birds are EVERYWHERE. The fact that Angry Birds is available in virtually all mobile operating systems including WinPhone7 and HP Web OS is big plus for the app. A lot of developers produce applications exclusively for iPhone and Android users, while leaving the not-so popular mobile operating systems out in the cold. Rovio, on the other hand, went above and beyond to ensure that their app is accessible to practically anyone with a smartphone.

Moreover, we’ve got to give props to the marketing team of Rovio. They took those adorable birds from the mobile arena and brought them to the real world. They produced Angry Bird T-Shirts, Plush toys, even card games. It’s come to the point where the fans themselves are delivering Angry Bird creations. Check out this man from San Francisco who made a cake out of the characters of the game.

And it’s not just about the merchandise. Angry Birds has taken product placement to a whole new level. Those birds are on TV (How I Met Your Mother, Sprint commercial), they’re on the big screen (they made a cameo appearance on the comedy “Horrible Bosses”) and they’re even on your web browser (Google Chrome.) Don’t believe us? Check out the video clips and images below:

Angry Birds on How I Met Your Mother:

Angry Birds on a Sprint/Motorola commerical:

Angry Birds on Google Chrome:

 

 

 

 

 

Have you encountered those birds anywhere else outside your phone? Share them in the comments section below!

Two Juicy Rumors and One Dismal Truth

The rumor mills in the realm of smart phones have been so busy lately, we’re starting to get the feeling that we’re in an episode of Gossip Girl. Only, instead of juvenile high school cliques and sex scandals, we’re dealing with tech giants and smart phones. Allow us to fill you in.

iPhone 5 Out in the Open?

Today, 9to5Mac published a photo of what seems to be a prototype of the iPhone 5. A tipster apparently sent the website a photo of what he thinks is the new iPhone. Taken on board a train, 9to5Mac was informed that the person holding the phone was most likely “an Apple employee hunched over the device on the way home from work in San Francisco.” TechCrunch pointed out that the person was very cautious to keep the device “at least partially covered, masking the Apple logo behind their fingers throughout.”

9to5Mac reported that the tipster owned an iPhone 3GS prior to his current iPhone 4, and that apparently, “he knows his iPhones and iPods and this was like nothing he’s ever seen.”

Now in spite of Apple being very hush-hush about the iPhone 5, rumors about the much-anticipated device still managed to circulate in the tech world. Word has it that the next iPhone will be thinner and will also have a larger display. The device in the above photo somewhat confirms the rumors and discussions in the industry, which makes it even more intriguing.

According to TechCrunch, since the iPhone 5 is said to be released this September, there are definitely iPhone 5s being field tested out there. The question is, did Apple really allow one of their employees to carry around such a top secret device while on board a train?

HTC’s Trademark Filings

Moving on, let’s not forget our Android friends. If you’re a fan of HTC, keep an eye out for handset names such as Cheetah, Raider, Titan, Skyrocket, or Velo. According to AndroidCommunity.com, the above names are the most recent trademark filings from the cell phone manufacturer.

Of course, just because a trademark was filed, doesn’t necessarily mean that these words will be used. However, they do give an indication that for their next round of devices, HTC is definitely gaming for speed. With a name like “Skyrocket” it’s kind of not hard to miss.

Blackberry Not Doing So Well

Now that we’ve filled you in with the latest speculations, it’s time to move on to hard facts. Neilsen just released their findings regarding mobile market shares. Data indicates that “Google’s Android operating system (OS) now claims the largest share of the U.S. consumer smartphone market with 39 percent. Apple’s iOS is in second place with 28 percent, while RIM Blackberry is down to 20 percent.” This is on top of the dismal news that the company has been dealing with lately.

The Blackberry has obviously seen better days. Aside from the continued decline of RIM’s stock, the company announced on Monday that they will be laying off 2,000 or 11% of its workforce.

Four Tips on Keeping Your Phone Cool in the Summer

It’s summer on this side of the globe, and while that can mean plenty of beach time and road trips, the season can also put you and your phone at risk for sunburn. The sun can be unforgiving, not just towards your unprotected skin, but even towards your phone. The solution? Use sunscreen on yourself, and check out the following tips for your keeping your trusty smart phone cool during the season.

1. Avoid additional heat – Not leaving your handset to bask under the sun’s bright glory should go without saying, but another great way to add protection to your gadget is making use of “shields.” Use a silicone case for the back of your phone, and an invisible shield for the front. As TechNewDaily put it, on top of protecting from scratches, these products also serve as buffers between your warm skin and your phone.

2. Don’t stack your gadgets – Using your smart phone, laptop, iPad, camera, and mp3 player all at same time is perfectly acceptable. Just keep them at certain distances from one another. Since gadgets emit heat on their own, placing them too close to one another not only intensifies the heat, it leaves no breathing room for your electronics.

3. Heed the warning signs – Did your phone screen suddenly appear darker than usual? According to Kare11, this could be a sign that your phone is suffering from sun stroke. If this happens, stop your using your handset and leave it somewhere dark and cool. Let it sit there and allow your phone (and yourself) to relax.

4. Avoid unnecessary features – Smart phones are undeniably awesome devices, and there’s nothing wrong with using all that awesomeness to your advantage. But, like most things in life, use your phone in moderation. Don’t overdo the whole power user role. If you don’t need your phone’s Wi-Fi, GPS, music, push notifications, and 4G switched on all at the same time, and turn off unnecessary features, as they only add stress to your handset, and could cause it  to heat up.