If you read our blog on a regular basis, you will see that we often dwell on one important concept that we feel is crucial to being a mobile app developer. What concept? If you find a problem that a lot of people have and solve it with an app, the app will be a success as long as you market it in a competent manner.
Gizmodo is a website that loves “gadgets.” Their name, taken from the word “gizmo,” is a demonstration of what they are all about: devices that are useful or a lot of fun. Apps qualify because they make mobile devices more useful and more fun.
If you are looking for ideas to create your own mobile app, a look at top apps can help inspire you. Here are Gizmodo’s top apps of 2014 with brief descriptions.
Workflow is an iOS app that automates and simplifies the things that you already do on your iPhone. It makes the lives of iPhone users easier.
Snowball is an Android app that puts all of your major social messaging services in one place. Instead of toggling between SMS, Facebook, Snapchat, Yahoo Messenger and other apps, you can use Snowball to keep them all in one place.
Photomath allows you to take a picture of an equation and then get an answer with a step by step analysis of how the answer was obtained.
Hyperlapse allows iPhone users to create time lapse photography on their iPhones.
WeTransfer allows you to store up to 10GB of data and then send a link to others who want to download it.
In a surprising cooperative move from two companies that always seem to be at each others’ throats, MS Office is now available for iPad and iPhone. It is designed to adapt to the device being used to access it.
Inbox is an email app made by Google but is separate from gmail. It simplifies getting email on a mobile device and is available for both Android and iOS.
Reporter is an iOS app that is a world class activity log. Throughout the day, it pings you and asks you questions. It then compiles data to give you an accurate summary of your day. Not only does it keep track of what you did, it keeps statistics similar to those of a fitbit. At $4 USD, this app blows the $126 AUD Fitbit out of the water. And you are going to use it for a lot more information than a Fitbit provides.
What This All Means to You
There are four more favourite apps there. If you want to see them or see these apps in greater detail, visit Gizmodo. What we want you to see here is the pattern that we see as essential to success: all of these apps have taken a need and created a great app.
Three of them piggyback onto other apps and combine them all in one place. One is a mobile version of a popular computer program. The other four deliver creative services onto your mobile device.
With every one of these apps, you can see a problem begging for a solution.
“I wish I could put all of my messaging apps in one place.”
“Wouldn’t it be great if I could take time lapse photography on my iPhone?”
“It sure would be great to have a Fitbit built into my phone and not have to pay so much money for it.”
What You Can Do about It.
Start looking for problems. If you don’t know how to do that, just find someone who complains about life all the time and listen: it’s that easy. We don’t want you to complain about life, but we do want you to start becoming aware of other people’s problems. One simple statement or question could turn into one of Gizmodo’s favourite apps of 2015. Yes, it’s really that simple.
If you have an idea for an app, call Smarter Apps today: 1300 650 253.