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If you often find yourself buying apps from Google Play, you may want to buy them while they are on sale. Unfortunately it’s quite hard finding apps on sale directly from Google Play. Luckily there are third party apps that track all sales on Google Play or only for the apps you want. One of them is AppSales…
Buying apps these days won’t cost you a fortune, compared to the software prices on your desktop. Most of the apps tend to cost a dollar or two. But there are apps out there that are quite useful but cost more, so you’ll have a dilemma between using a free version (if there is any) or spending some money for it (or sideloading, but please don’t do this).
Most of these apps are being sold at discounted prize quite often, either for holidays or days that matter for the developers. And unless you browse major Android news portals, you won’t know that your favorite app is on sale and that you can afford to buy it now.
With AppSales however you shouldn’t miss a deal.
The main feature of this app is to show all the deals across Play Store filtered by your preferences (although there are complainants that it misses some sales).
The interface is pretty similar to Google’s, which is a good thing. On the right side you can see the new price, old price (with a strikethrough) and the discount. Unlike Google Play, you can immediately see the rating and number of downloads, and I really like it.
In the older versions of AppSales, upon clicking on the app name/thumbnail it would immediately redirect you to Google Play. But later on they changed it, and AppSales has its own app listing.
Sale details are also similar to Google Play listings, with a few added features. Comments and views are related to AppSales itself, and there is a 3 month price graph located at the bottom. Quite neat!
That’s it for the basic functionality of this app.
In the settings, you can change the filters for displaying sales and categories, disable notifications, as well as pay for this app at a ridiculous price. I’ll talk about that a bit later.
In filters you can set the minimum discount as well as minimum downloads for an app to be shown.
Generally you’ll want to disable notifications, cause getting them each time an app has a discount is nonsense.
The feature you’ll mostly use is actually hidden, and it’s kinda hard to find it. With AppSales, you can choose a certain app and get notified when it goes on sale. To do so, you’ll need to use Google Play.
Open Google Play, then go to app that you want to track. In the top right corner click on the share icon, then select AppSales.
Upon sharing, you’ll get a nice graph showing the app price in the last three months. Click on add to watchlist and the selected app will be added to your AppSales list.
Each time an app from your watchlist gets discounted, you’ll get a notification unless you disabled it from the settings (you can enable it again).
Now open AppSales, and tap on the second tab named Watchlist. Here you’ll see all the apps you added before, their price and whether anything changed (useful when you have lots of apps added).
Tap on an app to get its 3-month price chart, link to Google Play listing as well as ability to remove the app from your watchlist.
Another feature added recently is the ability to view most added apps on the watchlist. You’ll probably find lots of apps you want to see discounted here. Click the watchlist chart on the top of watchlist tab.
You can change the period (day, week, all time) for the global watchlist, and clicking on an app from here will get you to the same window as on personal charts, except that here you can add it to your watchlist instead of removing it.
Now to the pricing. The app features a premium subscription (yes, subscription) which costs $4 anually, and will provide you – barely anything.
You’ll get an ad-free experience, increase your watchlist limit to 100 (I’m not sure about the free limit, but it’s more than 15) and that’s kinda it. For an app that tracks sales only it’s ridiculous. Especially if you consider that there are other apps out there doing the same thing.
The tablet design is quite nice, especially in landscape mode (as usual). In portrait mode it looks exactly the same as on phones, just scaled. But in landscape, you get two columns. One for browsing the sales / watchlist, and the other for the details about a certain app.
A plus goes to AppSales for their website. You can track sales there too, without a need for an Android app (if you don’t like it).
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Works upon install without changing anything if you only want to track current sales. Watchlist and their notifications is really great.
Pricing! Not easy to use for beginners, as sharing from Google Play to add an app to watchlist seems a bit complicated.