That is sort of what I am talking about, but imagine if it were like this. When you click "Games" imgine that you got a new menu with entries like "Card, RPG, Word, Strategy", etc. Then, when you clicked on that subcategory you could see every app that fits that description. Furthermore, you could see the top 50 and down of each app in that subcategory. Also, you could filter each of those subcategories by paid and free. That is what you get with the built in App Store application on the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is sort of like going to a book store when you don't know exactly what you want. You go to the Fiction area, then maybe Science Fiction, and then even a subcategory under that like Classics. It is a wonderful way to find apps. Even though I know why Apple is doing it to us ($$) I still wish the iPad had that functionality.
Here is what I am talking about. A picture is so much easier to understand! Please ignore the fact that I have 28 updates pending!
I GOT IT!!! Yes, a picture does help. You are right, your picture of your iPhone search app is better than the AppShopper in terms of drilling down to specific genre within a category. I don't have an iPhone, this is the only Apple product I own, finding the Appshopper was for me a godsend as the App Store was so incredibly ponderous to manipulate BUT unlike the PC world, where you have to go to Google and search for applications, having one convenient, albeit unwieldy AppStore is a vast improvement. And then finding AppShopper and now I've gotten Appadvice has kept me away from the App Store until I actually buy an app.
Maybe the developers of AppShopper will enhance their app to put large categories like games into an additional search function. Maybe Apple will do something similar? Maybe....huh?
I don't think Apple is going to do that. Now, I have to confess that I don't completely understand all of what is going on with the app store, so I have to rely on people that know more than I do. As I mentioned earlier, one of my friends was pretty involved with iOS app development in the earlier days before the iPad was around. When the iPad came around, he was fairly excited about shifting to development on the newer device. When he and other devs saw the App Store running on the iPad they were not at all happy and complained to Apple about it. Their response was that the App Store is NOT for application discovery. App discovery in Apple's mind should be through advertising and third party site reviews. The iPad App Store was made according to those guidelines.
Originally Posted by MattIM
I cannot for the life of me understand that reasoning because I know for a fact people like my mother are simply not buying apps for their shiny new iPads because they quite frankly cannot find anything. I have a hard time finding things myself. Many of my favorite apps are neither "new" nor "popular" and thus they never show up on AppShopper unless I just get lucky. Apple promotes the apps that they want you to know about, but smaller developers that don't have huge advertising budgets are being shut out of the discovery process. I have to wonder if some of the smaller runaway hits like "Doodle Jump" or "Angry Birds" would ever have become so in today's iPad App Store. I have a feeling something from EA or 2K would have taken its' place.
Almost all my apps have been discovered through google.