EVO 4G Launch Having an Adverse Effect On Other Developers, Too


Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G launched with great success, but not all of it had a positive effect on everyone. The unprecedented (at least for Sprint’s standards) amount of activations brought their systems to its knees when everyone was trying to get the phone on Friday, and Qik enjoyed a nice rush of traffic, but suffered major server issues as a result.


They aren’t the only ones enjoying the new batch of customers that the EVO 4G brought along wit its launch, though. Big In Japan – the developers behind the award winning ShopSavvy app – is reporting that their downloads have shot through the roof thanks to Sprint and HTC’s new lovechild.

They reportedly got 300,000-600,000 unique downloads from EVO owners over the course of the 3 days following the phone’s arrival. Thankfully, they haven’t reportedly suffered any negative side effects due to the increased traffic. If you’re a new EVO owner and haven’t already checked it out, download ShopSavvy today.

[Update]: That number of downloads we referenced is actually the number of units that the EVO 4G is rumored to have sold, as reported on by CNN’s Seth Weintraub here. We’ll chalk it up to bad wording on Big in Japan’s part.

[via Android Guys]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I’m not so sure that this effect is “adverse”. Seems to me that more business would be a good thing, even with a temporary glitch due to high traffic. From the title, I thought that some developers would be put out of business or thrown out of the app store like apple likes to do.

  2. your website doesnt seem to be working for me ive been trying to see it for two days? idk if its me or you

  3. it’s the website. its down. i trying pinging it periodically this morning and it could not resolve. seems to be an issue with the DNS.

  4. “They reportedly got 300,000-600,000 unique downloads from EVO owners” is not quit true. I assume that you got that from big in Japans blog. Big in Japan was referencing Seth Weintraub article that stated that based on Palms pres sales of 50-100,000 then EVO’s was 300,00-600,000. But unfortunately Seth did not figure it right, he forgot to take Samsung Instinct sales and triple that and then add that to Palm – pres figures. As sprint said “the total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.”

  5. i would hardly call it “adverse” ask any dev if they would rather have so few downloads that they their servers are never starin or if they would rather haveso many that their servers buckle and they have to get bigger one, most would choose the latter. come on q think before writing these articles!

  6. The word “adverse” has more than one definition, as is common with other words. Beside the requirement that an “adverse” effect has to be negative, it can be used to describe something that’s abnormal/unusual. In this case, it’s abnormal/unusual for Big In Japan to see this many downloads in such a short period of time.

  7. @Bill BiJ specifically stated that those were download numbers. If there’s a mistake there, it’s on them.

  8. @Quentyn No they did not, go back and read the post or show me the post that they claimed downloads. Because that would be interesting news.

    THe one I read said
    “According to Seth Weintraub the EVO has eclipsed the sales of the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct so we aren’t surprised. The download numbers are between 300,000 and 600,000 units. Most consumers have noted that the device is sold out at Sprint stores, RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart stores (Sprint has upped their order from HTC).”

    And here is the link to Seth’s post which shows that he is talking sales not downloads.

    1. Quoted from what you said you read:
      “The download numbers are between 300,000 and 600,000 units”

  9. @Quentyn – I see now where you can conclude BiJ was talking downloads with this statement “The download numbers are between 300,000 and 600,000 units.” But one can conclude that they did say units and they referenced Seth Weintraub’s article on how he came to the 300,000 and 600,000 (Which he did incorrectly as he forgot to add the instict units) units sold.

    Obviously they mistakenly added the word “Download” but one can not download a unit when that unit is a phone.

  10. Ah I hadn’t read Seth’s article. And yea it would be foolish to say you could download a unit, but I took it as that’s how many downloads came from HTC EVO 4Gs. I’ve added a small update to clarify. Thanks!

  11. this is good for android… very good sign.

  12. Why would you use the word ‘adverse?’ Even if adverse simply meant unusual, why would you title an article with a word that has strong negative connotations?

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