In today’s world the Smartphone application realm moves apace. For the right team of developers with the most astute of application ideas there can be literal overnight success (as well as self-made millionaires who are enriched over in just a few days, following an intense development period over a course of months, or even years). So we wanted to take a look at some of the world’s most successful applications that span across genres, from gaming through to messaging and onto weather prediction.
Launched in 2009, Angry Birds has truly stood the test of time when it comes to both its fans and, today, its shareholders. Priced at just £0.99 this app has been downloaded a mammoth 2 billion times which equates to a life-changing sum for the app developers who originally foresaw Angry Birds to be their first foray into the gaming market. These developers, Rovio Entertainment, have today been long considered the world-respected granddaddies of the Smartphone arcade gaming world.
WhatsApp may have struggled over the years to transition from free to paid app, however this move seems to have finally paid off as it now stands at an impressive number six of the most downloaded of apps of all time with a 12 month free trial period for users as standard.
Today WhatsApp is worth $19 billion (although this figure is based upon the amount paid by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2014), and actually amounts to a staggering $42 for each and every WhatsApp user [Forbes 2014]).
Thought that Instagram would be the most lucrative snap app of all time? Think again. Camera+ is the proud owner of this much lusted after title with over 10 million apps sold at a price of $0.99 each.
The 1Weather app is a free app to download with an impressive number of features that include all that the average Joe needs to know about the weather from around the world. This includes temperature, precipitation forecast, Doppler radar, widget, daydream, DashClock and Android Wear support, and even the current phases of the sun and moon!
These features have led to over 300,000 downloads on Android alone, with the developers earning their crust through providing an Ad-free version for just £1.99.
The world of app development is notably one of the most exciting IT scenes there are, as well as one in which there exists serious money to be made for the right app, launched at the right time.
And at APIXU, we know just what it takes to harness application success. So, for any developers currently crafting the next big weather app, there should only be one weather API partner to rely on. To see continually sunny financial days from solid data and a seriously successful app, stick with APIXU.