S1 E41 – Rewind: João Dias: Making a Living on the Play Store, Tasker, Working around OS Permissions, App Stalkers & more!

Today’s guest is João Dias – developer behind legendary Android automation app Tasker.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why he started developing apps
  • Quitting his job to earn a living as a full time independent developer
  • App monetization models
  • Deciding which features to build
  • The mess that is the Android permissions system
  • Working around OS restrictions
  • Dealing with negative reviews
  • Advice to aspiring developers on marketing their apps
  • and much much more!


🌎 Connect with João
You can find João on Twitter @joaomgcd, on Patreon here & on his website @ joaoapps.com.

🔎 Resources discussed in the show



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