This was published just a few months after we launched, and at that time literally doubled our traffic across the whole site!
Most Consistently Popular Post
Android Home Screen Launchers: Six of the Best, on the other hand, didn’t make a particularly big splash when first published, but has brought in a steady stream of visitors month on month. It’s way overdue an update, so look out for that in the next few weeks!
So, an app that lets Apple users sync music to their non-Apple phone; an app that lets Android users download apps from a non-Google Market, and an app that lets Android users skin their homescreen to look like a Windows Phone. You contrarians!
Given that CM7 and MIUI are probably the most popular and well-developed ROMs, that’s probably not a surprise.
Most Popular How-To Guides
Clear Storage Space on Your Phone Without Rooting was actually the first article I wrote for the site after it launched, and to this day it remains relevant (as evidenced by the comments – five more in the last week alone). I’d have expected the Contacts Storage bug to have been fixed by now, frankly!
We don’t cover breaking news too often, but everyone was excited about the 2.3 Gingerbread overview. In my opinion, this is where Android really started to mature, and change from just another mobile OS to a real contender.
Unlike our sister sites iPhone.AppStorm and Mac.AppStorm, we have plenty of opportunity to review hardware: handsets, tablets, and accessories. The most popular of these posts is our extra-long review of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which concluded, “The S II is, without a shadow of doubt, the best Android smartphone out there on the market right now.”
Remarkably, each of the social media services had a different favourite article. I guess this is evidence that they do all support different audiences.
We’ve had, in total, more than sixty writers, who together have written over 500 articles. I’m not going to cover them all here, but I want to acknowledge the current core team: those that have been with us for a long time and contributed a lot of articles.
Hurray! A year went by so quickly! So proud to have been one of the earliest contributors
Personally I loved reading about all the wonderful apps from the Android ecosystem. But if I had to pick one post I really love, it would be 30+ Unique Apps Exclusive to Android.
I remember buying my HTC Wildfire shortly after I applied to write for the site (I believe it was just before the site was launched). I had only started writing for Envato sites and that was my first purchase using compensation i’d received from writing. It’s been a great year and I’ve loved writing for the site, especially the CES and event coverage I’ve done. That’s been fantastic. Here’s to another fantastic year for both the site and Android!
It’s been great watching the site go from strength to strength. I’d say the article I had the most fun writing was my Death of a Droid post. Even if I lost a good pal in the process.I’ve no particular favourite article on Android Appstorm – every article I read by the other authors always seem to introduce me to new apps and open up the platform even further for me. For that I’m thankful.
I was hoping for a while Envato would do an Android Appstorm so I was really happy when it launched, and even happier that I because a regular writer for it! I’m glad I can contribute to such a cool community.
I seem to notice that most of us here came to Android.AppStorm as readers first and then became writers. So I think I speak for all of us here when I say that it’s a great pleasure to write for a site that we love reading in the first place, because we know we share a common passion with the readers and we are always striving to make it better.
This article is the reason why I fell in love with Android in the first place: Customize Every Aspect of Your Android Experience. I found this article through StumbleUpon and thought it was so awesome. It was also my first visit to Appstorm. I probably went through it at least 10 times and have a lot of those apps on my phone now!
Would it be selfish if I highlighted one of my articles, specifically my Cover Art Downloader review? It’s the first application I covered for Android and it marks my start in application reviewing and how-to guides.
I’d like to recommend 10 Reasons You Should Try CyanogenMod 7 – it encouraged me to try CyanogenMod and since then I’ve loved it! And I should mention how great it is to see the number of published postsgoing up, and up. When I started writing it was at about 100 or so. Since then I’ve seen it go from 200, to 400, and now over 500!
I’m going to have to say this article is my favourite: Spark 360: Xbox Live for Android. I found it through a Google search one day and since then I’ve been a
loyal visitor of Android.Appstorm almost every day!
Aside from the thrill of being part of something very cool indeed, I love the way articles on Android.Appstorm both resonate with me personally and also manage to really get under the skin of a particular issue. Two items that really stood out to me have been 10 Ways MIUI is Awesome… and more recently The Problem of Choice…, both of which I found to be insightful and highly relevant to me and my own Android experience.
Before writing this article, I thought that Rahsheen had been with us since the start, but it turns out he’s a relative newcomer, having only joined us last summer. Still, he’s written some excellent articles; my personal favourite is How to Make Your Android Self-Aware With Tasker, in which he took an incredibly powerful – and somewhat complicated – app called Tasker, and explained how to use it in simple terms that anyone could follow.
Here’s to Next Year!
The first year of a blog is always a little shaky: you’ve got no writers, you’ve got no readers, and you haven’t figured out what the tone of the site should be.
But now, we’ve got a solid team, we’ve had a ton of great feedback about what you readers want to see more of, and we’ve hit our stride. Combine that with Android’s continual growth and improvements, and I think we’re in for a great second year.
Thanks for reading Android.AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy what we’ve got in store!