Apptro Announces a Free Android App for Appia Users to Discover and Share Cool Apps with Their Friends

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Apptro, the leader in social discovery of mobile apps, has just launched Apptro on Appia, the first ever app that helps Android users discover and share the mobile apps that they and their friends really love and use. Subscribers of Vodacom, Telcel and Claro can access the free Apptro app from their wireless operator’s app store, hosted by Appia.

Apptro, the leader in social discovery of mobile apps, has just launched Apptro on Appia, the first ever app that helps Android users discover and share the mobile apps that they and their friends really love and use. Subscribers of Vodacom, Telcel and Claro can access the free Apptro app from their wireless operator’s app store, hosted by Appia.

Mobile app discovery is a huge problem for users and developers alike. There are currently more than one million active apps available to mobile users (1). The Google Play store for Android offers close to 500,000 apps. Yet, analytics firm Adeven recently discovered that nearly two-thirds of apps in the iOS App Store are ‘zombies’ — they get no downloads, are invisible to users and have no ranking (2). A study by mobile analytics firm Localytics discovered that 26% of apps only get used once (3).

Apptro offers a unique solution, allowing users to see which apps their friends love to use frequently, not just the ones they downloaded. Apptro also provides users insight into their app usage patterns, alerting them about pre-defined thresholds such as monthly data limits.

The big difference between Apptro and its competition is that Apptro utilizes Facebook’s all-inclusive social graph intelligently. Mobile users have little tolerance to browse alphabetical list of their Facebook friends, which may run into hundreds. In real life, the core group of friends is much smaller than the friends in a user’s social graph. Apptro looks beyond the social graph to determine mobile user’s “core” group of friends before including them and their apps in the sphere of discovery. While a few companies have tried to integrate social features into app discovery, no one empowers mobile users to discover apps via social, contextual and temporal relevance.

Ajay Dankar, Apptro’s founder says: “We are excited to offer the world’s first true mobile app social discovery platform. We’re honored that Appia, the company powering the app stores for some of the world largest wireless operators, sees the value of social discovery for its users, and chose to work with us,” Ajay said.

Apptro is in talks with the leading mobile ad networks and ad exchanges as app developers look for ways to drive downloads. Apptro’s name is a play on the words “app” and “intro.”

Apptro is located in Saratoga, CA, USA. Contact information: info(at)apptro(dot)com

About Appia:

Appia is the world's largest open app marketplace and white label storefront platform, delivering paid, free and sponsored app downloads to over 500 million users around the world. Ranked #15 on the Wall Street Journal’s 2011 Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies, Appia provides application distribution and marketing solutions for developers including Crowdstar, Mocospace and Gameview Studios, and distribution partners including América Móvil, Vodafone, Samsung, Telcel, Zedge and Myxer.

Appia is headquartered in Durham, NC. For more information, please visit http://www.appia.com or follow @Appia.

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