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The Most Popular Mobile Apps an Enterprising Developer Should Create

Updated on June 17, 2015

Go to the mall, train station, restaurant, at the park; just about anywhere there are people and try to observe what most of them are doing. I bet a lot of them are staring down at their mobile devices, be it a smartphone or a tablet. That’s just the way our society is today; almost all of us have a touchscreen device that runs every app imaginable.

So what am I trying to get at here? Simple. If you want to jump in the mobile app bandwagon, then you need to come up with an app that thousands of people would want to use. Help relieve stress or kill boredom with fun games, or help improve quality of life through health apps—anything, really!

Now I'm pretty sure that should you decide to develop one, you'd want to make money off it. The good news is: you can. And there's not just one, but four ways to do it.
Freemium. This is when anybody can download and use the app but there will be certain features that will only be made available if the customer pays for it. It’s the same way that most successful mobile games make money. The game is free but if you want to really advance through the game, you will need to pay for some upgrades or items.
Subscription. It can be monthly or annual and this usually works with magazines or any app that provides fresh content.
Ad Placements. People can download the app for free but in return, advertisements will be displayed while they’re using it.
Purchase. The app can only be downloaded and used after making a one-time payment. It’s that simple.

With that now out of the way, it’s time to narrow down your mobile app ideas into niches or categories you yourself might just be interested in.

1. Games

Without a doubt, mobile games have the most potential of being a money-maker. Just think of the most successful ones like Candy Crush, Plants vs Zombies, Temple Run, Flappy Bird and of course Angry Birds. While it helps that your game has cutting-edge graphics, but time and time again it has been proven that for it to be successful, a game should be addictive. And also, don’t make it too difficult to play.

Here are some tips to help you develop a really addictive mobile game:

2. Navigation

People (men mostly) can easily get lost and will not even admit it or ask for directions (again… guys mostly). So most people have at least one navigation app installed in their mobile devices to help them get to their destination in the fastest and most efficient route. Therefore this is one niche you may want to take a look into.

3. Social Networking

Think of Tinder, Snapchat, Facebook, and the likes. By nature humans are social animals so it only makes sense that we use our smartphones to find and connect with new friends. So if you can think of a new way for people to get to know each other through their phones, you’ll be sure to be raking heaps of cash from it.

4. Health and Fitness

Everybody’s trying to get into shape nowadays that they would buy almost anything that they think can help them achieve their goals. Especially when it comes to losing weight. Therefore think of an app that can assist people with their exercises. It can be an innovative running or walking tracker or a mobile diary of their fitness progress.

5. Photography

Every single day there are millions of photos being snapped and shared through social media. It goes to show that this is one of the hottest niches you should consider. Maybe you can create an app to helps users snap better selfies or perhaps a photo editing app that is very easy to use yet very good in making ordinary photos look great. That will surely be a winner.

Get started with your own app.

See I'm no game developer but even I am excited about the endless possibilities for the mobile game market. What could be cooler than turning ideas into something that will help ease some of life's little hurdles, right? So I say get back to the drawing board and just do it!

Money, Now That's What I Want!

Which of the following pricing strategies do you think has the most potential to make money?

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