We live in a world where mobile technology and its continual advancement have helped many a people earn their daily bread and butter. People have made fortunes with the success of one single idea and it is the rags-to-riches stories of mobile application developers that are most interesting.
With the app revolution that took place as the popularity of Apple and Android phones grew, a new vista of application development opened up for many programmers to explore.
It’s a fact that while some of the most popular applications are not marketed by big brand names, many of the best-selling mobile apps were a consequence of random thoughts that struck very bright minds.
The following apps that so many of us use also have rather unusual creation stories.
This game began as an iPhone application but soon its popularity brought it into the Android, Windows and Xbox market as well. HalfBrick Studio, its creator, has achieved over a whopping 300 million downloads, which implies that over 1.5 trillion pieces of graphic fruit have been sliced in the past two years. This game has brought HalfBrick revenue of roughly 3 million dollars – wow!
A photo editing and sharing application, Instagram is in fact the classic tale of a small idea leading to big profits. This app was created by the 28-year old Kevin Systrom who launched it in 2010. It got him a revenue of over 1 billion dollars before it was bought by Facebook at 1 billion dollars just recently. It is no secret why this application has done so well; it is simple, technically robust and highly useful in a world suffering from photo-mania.
The attraction to this particular application is something of a mystery though we generally assume that people derive much amusement from the technological reproduction of certain bodily sounds. This is perhaps what struck Joel Comm in 2008, which is why he created an iPhone app priced $0.99. It hit over 110,000 hits in the first two weeks after its launch. Since then, it has earned over 2 million dollars!
This list would be incomplete without the mention of the legendary Angry Birds Game. Rovio struck gold with the development of this application, and ever since its launch in December 2009, Angry Birds became a rage with memorabilia and advertisements storming all market. This application is estimated to have brought Rovio a revenue of over 2.5 billion. Who knew virtual angry birds killing virtual evil pigs could be so money savvy!
The aforementioned applications are just a few of the many mobile apps that take the rags-to-riches phenomenon to a whole new level. Applications such as Pocket God, Skee Ball, SoundHound, Draw Something, Fish Flicking, iShoot and many more have also been astoundingly successful.
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