The availability of feedback is important in many areas of life. Consider how it might be unnerving to drive a car without any gauges, for example, or how your 401(k) would do if you weren’t able to perform research. So developers should be pleased to hear about the addition of Application Statistics to the Android Market.
Eric Chu explained on the official Android Developers Blog, “Application Statistics is a new type of dashboard in the Market Developer Console that gives you an overview of the installation performance of your apps. It provides charts and tables that summarize each app’s active installation trend over time, as well as its distribution across key dimensions such as Android platform versions, devices, user countries, and user languages.”
Then Chu continued, “For additional context, the dashboard also shows the comparable aggregate distribution for all app installs from Android Market (numbering in the billions). You could use this data to observe how your app performs relative to the rest of Market or decide what to develop next.”
So it looks like Application Statistics will be a powerful tool, especially moving forward. (The data just goes back to December 22nd, 2010 at the moment, but will be updated on a daily basis from now on.)
More reporting features may be on the way, too, allowing developers to get even keener insights with respect to what is and isn’t working about their Android apps.