App sales skyrocket and developers join the game - webOS is NOT dead | webOS Nation

App sales skyrocket and developers join the game - webOS is NOT dead

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Sat, 13 Aug 2011 6:00 pm EDT

Due to the lackluster reviews from before the launch and the outstanding price-cuts that have arrived for the HP TouchPad in the last week; the word on the streets (or really just a few tech bloggers) is that not only is webOS dead, but not even HP's massive scale and deep pockets can revive it. Obviously, not everyone agrees with that sentiment, and neither will many of you once you look closely at the chart above.

Ian Beck, the developer of TapNote for webOS smartphones and the TouchPad, has allowed us to share a graph of his sales over the last year, and they reveal some very interesting points in the discussion on how well the TouchPad is doing. From any other month shown on the chart, the month of July (which was the month that the TouchPad was released) brought nearly 10 times more sales on average than all of the others. That's a single month, in one country, with a soft-launch of a device that received below average reviews (before the update), and still the sales of apps were through the roof.

After his sales actually dove for three months straight, and then picked up a bit when the HP Veer was released in May, the jump of sales that came in July is a sight for sore eyes. If you take a deeper look, you'll also notice that there are already more reviews for the TouchPad version of the app than the much more long-standing smartphone version of TapNote. What does all of this mean?

  1. People are buying the HP TouchPad (and the Veer, to a lesser degree).
  2. Those people are also buying apps.

With this being a look at just a single app for a single month immediately after the release of a major tablet device (and with an app catalog that could still see some major growth, allowing TapNote to be a big fish in a little pond), you can certainly say that the data is a bit skewed. But don't let that fool you - sales for many app developers, and not just Ian, are up a significant amount from previous months, and they only plan to go higher (especially with the $50 app catalog credit that HP is offering to customers). We can't argue with the facts - the TouchPad is not doing nearly as badly as some other bloggers would make it out to be.

For developers, consumers and investors alike, this should be a sign as to what is coming in the future. Sales are up for both devices and apps, which should bring a lot of incentive to developers who are looking at making the webOS platform their home. It will only be a matter of time before the word is spread and the cycle is started; once that happens, webOS will have secured a spot in the market as a major player in mobile devices.

If these stats mean webOS is dead, we'd love to see it really come alive. There is still a lot of room for improvement, but this is an encouraging direction to be heading.

Thanks, Ian!