Android Apps Development Ideas – 6 Points to Keep in Mind

Android is currently the most popular OS for smart phones, with an estimated number of 300 million plus, users worldwide. For developers this opens up a large market for promoting their apps, but there is also fierce competition in this segment with around 450,000 apps on Google Play. Unless an app stands out from its competitors on the store, the chances of cashing in on this opportunity are meagre.

Here are 6 ideas for developing Android apps that will set your cash registers ringing.

1. A Unique Idea – Whether it’s a gaming or a utility app, in order to succeed on Google Play, it should be unique and indigenous. Rather than trying to emulate the success of an existing top grosser like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and apps like Instagram, it is better to come up with a creative new approach to entertaining the user or find a niche segment that is still unexploited. Dmastore’s Italian Cooking app for Android is a good example of an app that has tapped into a niche by providing traditional Italian recipes in Spanish to the large Spanish speaking population throughout the world.

2. Good User Interface – In a market place that is crowded with offerings, an app should have excellent design coupled with a good ‘User Interface’ in order to increase its chances of getting noticed. The design should not be complex. Some apps such as Smart AudioBook Player have seen success just by concentrating on a simple design and user friendly interface that gives customers exactly what they need.

3. Rich features – Since there already are a large number of apps on Google Play, a new app needs not only to be unique but also feature-rich in order to witness a large number of downloads. In a market which already had several well-known sports related apps, Apppli’s Cricket World Cup 2011 app was successful because of the multiple features that it offered users. Besides live updates and the latest news about the Cricket World Cup, the app provided users with a range of options such as ball-by-ball commentary, listing of match fixtures and results, which other sports news apps lacked.

4. Continuity – As unique or feature-rich an app might be, there will come a time when the user gets bored with it and wants to try something new. In this scenario, it’s a good development strategy to look at the long term and offer content with continuous updates. Many apps, including Angry Birds, have used this technique by offering a free app as well as a continuous stream of new versions for which the user has to pay.

5. Be Social – With social networking becoming almost a way of life, having an Android app development idea that can benefit from the use of social networks such as Facebook or Twitter can help in increasing the reach of the app while satisfying a customer need. Instagram and Viddy are two apps that have leveraged the use of social networks for sharing photos and videos, which has resulted in a large number of downloads.

6. Customize for Android – Even though iPhones are considered to have a superior user interface, Android presents flexibility by offering features such as alternate keyboard formats and automation. When developing an Android app, rather than just adapting it for the android system, looking at how to incorporate some of its cool features into your app can result in success on Google Play.

You can develop your Android app with either one of these ideas or by using a combination of them. While trying to come up with a unique idea for an Android app, keep in mind that the user also has to see a need for it. For instance, having an app that does trigonometric functions for students may not help if they aren’t allowed to use mobile phones in the classroom. Similarly, an app that merely replicates a popular social app by offering better features may not work.
By keeping the consumer in mind while using these guidelines you could see your app sales soaring on Google Play.

Top Android Apps

With so many apps available, it’s hard to find which apps are the best. We’ve done our best to make a list of some the coolest and most useful that you’ll find for free. Some of these apps have paid options as well which adds more features or benefits. So let’s take a look at some of these apps.

1. Advanced Task Killer Free

Chances are that if your already an Android user, you already have ATK. If not, we recommend you pick it up as soon as possible. You may notice that your Android phone loses battery life faster than you would like. This app allows you to quickly kill a lot of the apps that your aren’t using at the time. These apps are all using memory and cpu. Advanced Task Killer Free is the perfect app to kill these process and save on your battery life.

2. AP Mobile

This app is basically everything you will ever need in a news app. Some great things about this app is that it will grab news stories for and cache them for offline reading, it can tailor your local news stories by zip code, customizable homepage, constant updates, multiple categories and videos as well.

3. Astrid

Astrid is a to-do list application which allows you to create simple and complex to-do lists. You can start with a basic list of tasks and more levels of complexity as needed. For example, you can add tags to your to-do list items such as family, or work. You can set varying levels of reminders for each item as well.

4. Astro File Manager

We really cannot stress enough how much we recommend this app. See the cool thing is that there are so many apps out there but what happens when we run out of space on our smartphones? Astro File Manager allows you to view your Android phones complete file system. You can store apps on your SD card but you cannot launch the app from there. You can however choose which apps you want to use and swap them in an instant. Very cool app!

5. Bonsai Blast

We really couldn’t create this list without including at least one great Android game. Bonsai Blast is a classic game. The user shoots colorful bubbles and strings holding other colorful bubbles. The graphics are great and its very addictive. Check it out.

For a more complete list of awesome free Android apps check out Top Android Apps.

The Best Free Android Apps For Sports Fans

Just like all the other categories of Android apps, the sports apps available for your Android phone are extremely diverse. In my opinion, this particular category may be the most diverse simply because of all the different sports that are played throughout the world. Of course with every sport comes hundreds of Android apps.

If, for instance, you’re looking for an app that will allow you to keep up with the many European soccer leagues, you need to have at least some help before you start downloading apps. If you go in blind, chances are you will download ten apps that sound like they would do the trick before you find one that does half what you would want it to do! That’s just how it is. I just hope that if you go about finding apps that way, you are doing so with free apps- otherwise you could be out hundreds of dollars pretty darn quick.

One last note: I am going to concentrate on free Android sports apps that are popular now and will be popular in the future. Well that’s obvious, right? Not exactly- a lot of the apps fly to the top of the rankings because it’s a certain time of the year or a huge sporting event is going on (World Cup or the Olympics). I’m also looking into the pure quality of the app and the developer of the app. This way, if you want an awesome Football App (either US Football or regular Football), you should be pretty happy now and in the future with the one I list…

Although there are a lot of Android sports apps that do many more things than providing sports news, I’m concentrating on free Android apps for sports fans on this particular list.

Sporting News Pro Football

If you’re a huge NFL fan, this app should be on your phone. This is a great app to have for game day or if you’re like me and like to look up every stat for every player! The user interface is classy and not too crowded.

CBS Sports Pro Football

I really shouldn’t have two pro football Android apps on my list, but it’s the most popular sport in the US and after thinking about it, why not have three? Maybe I won’t go that far. This is a great football app for everyone, but it’s really geared towards those who play Fantasy Football through CBS Sports. Just login and you will have complete control over your fantasy team!

NBA Game Time Lite 2009-10

This is the official NBA Android app from last season. This coming season’s app will surely be even better! It provides all the player and team stats, real-time scores and even TV information so that you can find out what channel your favorite team is playing on! If you’re an NBA fan and you want a standalone pro basketball app, this is your best option.

F1 LIVE RACING

Are you a Formula 1 fan? I’ll tell you what, honestly, I’m not much of a fan but that doesn’t mean I don’t love this app. This free Android sports app provides more than just live updates for every F1 race around the world. Plain and simple, the graphics and the features are fun. If you download this app, you won’t be disappointed!

FotMob 5.0 – Live Soccer

The best soccer leagues from around the world are followed on this app. Some of them include the Premier League, Serie A, Primera Division and Allsvenskan. I could go on and on, but I really wouldn’t have a clue about what I’m talking about, haha. I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest soccer (football) fan, but I’ve looked through this app and it’s a very solid, professionally built app that I would recommend to anyone.

ESPN ScoreCenter

I really shouldn’t have to say much more than this is the official ESPN app. Heck, I’m not going to: ESPN is “The Worldwide Leader In Sports” after all!

SportsTap

This is again more of a sports portal. All of the big sports are covered by this app and it’s obvious why hundreds of thousands of people really like it! It’s tastefully done and you’ll never complain about a lack of stats or information.

If you’re looking for just one free Android sports app to satisfy your sports-fix, you can’t go wrong with either ESPN ScoreCenter or SportsTap!

Major League Baseball News

There is borderline too much (not in a bad way) baseball information crammed into this app! If you can’t get enough of MLB, you need to download this free Android app now. Along with all of the standard stats, standings and results, each team has their own page and you can customize your own RSS feed through this app!

MMA News

All the latest results, upcoming matches and octagon gossip you’d ever want! If you’re into Mixed Martial Arts, this is the app to get. IMO, it blows away any other MMA-related Android app.

Sports Radio Droid

his radio app gives you the capability to listen to just about any sports show in the country! There’s a healthy list of stations that are covered and I literally NEED this app when I go on vacation. Heaven forbid I’d be away from my sports talk show for a few days, haha. It’s also a great app if you’re living far away from your hometown and your favorite team.

Honorable Mention:

BOXING NEWS
Fantasy Guru
Golf Channel Mobile
NHL News Feed
WNBA Center Court