Video Converter Android > 1,000,000 Downloads

Last Saturday, Oct 6 2012, to be exact, Video Converter Android has reached 1,000,000 downloads milestone.

The app is first released on Dec 17 2011. It takes less than 10 months to reach the 1 million downloads, much faster than I expected. 🙂

I checked my blog, below is a list of milestones in terms of downloads.

  • Jan 21 2012: 50, 000 downloads
  • Feb 20, 2012: 100, 000 downloads
  • Jul 26 2012: 500, 000 downloads
  • Oct 6 2012: 1,000,000 downloads

The daily download count is now stable at around 8000.

Enough good news. The bad news about the stats is the active users are only around 20%. That means the app cannot keep the users for long. I personally think there’s a few reasons listed as below.

  • video conversion is generally slow. I cannot do much about this. Hopefully when mobile devices get more powerful, this will change.
  • Not many times people need to convert videos. Lots of people may download the app, convert it and then uninstall the app.
  • The app size is big, especially the codec (~10MB). People will uninstall the app for more space.
  • The app doesn’t work for some videos on some devices. I am trying to support more devices and videos, but it is hard.

Anyway, I will continue to refine the app. If you have any ideas of how to make the app better, please leave a comment below.

One Small Change in a Minute that Increases Daily App Download by 2000+

Recently I made a small change to my Video Converter Android app description. And the dialy download count has increased from 2500~3000 to 5000+, as shown below,


The change only takes one minute. I added the descriptions in all languages Google Play allows. And it’s all done by Google translate automatically. Google Play developer console has make this really simple. It can be done in a minute.

I thought about the reason behind this. If users want to find some apps, they will probably search by the keywords. Many people use their mother tongue to search. The description is probably the most important information that the search engine is collecting about an app. The description, name etc. are analyzed to build the search index. If the description is in many languages, the search engine is going to have more info to build the index and have more keywords related to the app. Therefore the app can reach a broader range of users through search.

That’s it, since the small change in one minute, Video Converter Android has enjoyed 5000+ daily downloads.

Video Converter Android > 500,000 Downloads

Video converter android has reached 500,000 downloads today. My previous estimation was that it will reach this milestone next month, but recently the daily download count has been stable around 5,000, that’s 2,000 more than the previous daily download count. So here we are, at 500, 269 total downloads on Jul 26 2012.

Video converter android is firstly released on Dec 17 2011. It takes less than 8 months to reach 500,000. I will continue to polish the app, make it more user friendly, and provide more features.

Below is screenshot of the statistics shown on my Google play developer console,

Figure 1. video converter android total downloads and active installs

And here is the recent daily download count jump from ~3000 to ~5000,


Figure 2. the daily download count jump

I’ll write a separate post to explain why this jump occurs.

Video Converter Android 1.1.0 Released

If you simply want to download the app, go to go to

It has been two and a half months since Video Converter Android 1.0.0 is released. For all the users who have sent feedback and suggestions to me, I apologize for the delay and I hope the new version can resolve issues by some of you.

The highlights of the new version are as below,

  • Reduce size profile: user specify a target video size, the converter will try to convert to about the size. It will even convert to multiple output files if a single file of target size is too small for the video.
  • Keep quality profile: lots of users feedback to me that the quality of conversion sucks. This profile allows you to keep the original quality.
  • Arbitrary resolution: previously users can only select from a few resolutions. Now you can enter the height and width as whatever value you want. Unreasonable values will fail.
  • UI polish: lots of UI improvement has been made. Below is a screenshot of the new UI. Hope you like it.


Figure 1. Screenshots of Video Converter Android 1.1.0

I’ll continue to work on the app. The features expected are as the following,

  • Extract audio and save as mp3 function
  • Extract video clip from original video
  • Extract a frame from original video

As always, bug reports, suggestions and feedback are appreciated! Please leave comments below.

For downloading the app, go to

Side Note: Video Converter Android has been downloaded for more than 400,000 times and it’s expected to surpass 500K next month.

Video Converter Android > 100,000 Downloads

Video Converter Android has crossed 100,000 downloads on Feb 20, 2012. It has been in Top 100 list of Android Video&Media category for over a month.

Recently I’ve been busy with my work and study, so I didn’t have time for improving the app. It’s functioning well on most Android devices, but there’re still lots of users sending failure feedback. I’ll try to resolve the issues as long as I have some time for the app again.

Video Converter Android Has > 50,000 Downloads

Video converter android has reached 50,000 downloads on Jan 21 2012. It reaches this number in slightly more than one month.

Though it’s still in beta release with lots of issues and not so good reviews (~3.0), the download figure makes me believe it’s an app that people need. The app is even listed at Top 50 in Video&Media category for about two weeks.

The next release will be around end of Jan 2012. I’ll also release a paid version for ARMV7 device with NEON function. The new features include more settings for video conversion, including resolution, bitrate, etc. A basic ffmpeg command line interface will be provided.

Stay tuned!

Video Converter Android 0.9 Released

This is an app idea has been in the mind for quite a few months. I am busy with work and study, but finally it’s ready for release.

Previously I did some work to port ffmpeg to android platform as an app, I received a dozen of positive feedback. But many of them suggest the UI could be better. Now hopefully this app can help.

It’s the first release for this app, but I think it’s already very powerful. 🙂 The app is capable of converting almost any commonly-used video formats to videos playable by Android system default player. The list of codecs is supports include (but not limited to) asf, avi, divx, flv, m2v, m4v, mjpeg, mkv, mov, mpg, ogg, ogv, rm, rmvb, webm, wmv etc.

I’m planning to allow user to configure more about the output video settings, like resolution, codec format, container format, etc. Also an ffmpeg command line interface might be provided for advanced users. It might take some time for these features to be ready, as I’m still busy with work and study. As always, feel free to suggest or feedback anything!

Side Note: I did a search on video converter, only a few apps exist. Their method is to upload the video to some remote server, convert the videos there, and then download the video to the device. Hope Video Converter Android can help some users who don’t want to do that.

You can download the app at Android Market: