Sunday, June 14, 2009

MIDP 1.0 long tail

I don't know of any new handset that comes with a MIDP 1.0 Java Virtual Machine. New handsets comes with MIDP 2.0 or 2.1 and will come, eventually, with 3.0.
But I know there is a market for these old handsets and began following the daily downloads of my Chess board. Below is an updated graphic of these downloads:

We can see a trend with a smaller number of downloads for each week. Some day this curve will reach zero and not move anymore, but when?
Since April, 19 MIDP 1.0 handsets were responsible for 1069 new downloads, correspondig to 17.8% of the total. For me it is enough to keep evolving this version. Because old users may come back and download an updated application.

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