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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ideas, and then some...

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Sometimes we just face a brick wall. No matter how hard you try, you just cant think of an idea to build your app for. And with no idea, there is no app. And with no app, there is no money... aww! You poor
puppy!


Lookout!

It's a bird! It's a plane... oh! oh... it's just someone's android device flying out of their hand in anger! It gets frustrating at times finding a unique interesting idea. We all wanna make that app, that would revolutionize the mobile experience. That would change the face of the world as we know it. But really, often we dont need to re-invent the wheel.

Flattery

Copying Imitation, they say, is some kinda sincerest form of flattery. I'd truly suggest you copy  imitate something.

What I like to do when I am out of idea is, I look to the iOS app store. Get the iTunes app, load up their app store there, and check it out. We truly gotta admit it, Apple devices have really wonderful apps. Get an idea from there on how it is done, you can make a similar app (most likely there is a lacking in the android market for something similar).

Example: children apps, unique designed weather apps, PIM, simple todo lists

The geeks

Another source of idea, though indirect, is via ProgrammableWeb. This site has a whole huge list of API's that are open for use in our development. Get an idea in a category of your liking, and make an app out of it.

Example: an app for rotten tomatoes, a recipe searching app

The artists

One of my favourite places to get inspiration (mainly for design, but sometimes for app ideas too), is Dribbble You will be suprised at the designs that these people have, and it has helped me in many times to get an idea on how I am going to represent my apps GUI.

Example: the camera app I am working on

Sharing, is caring..

Once you've got the idea, share it. With family, friends and your neighbour! Get some feedback, check out people reaction. Don't let the negative comments put you down. Try to understand people's concerns, and make the necessary changes ot the ideas.

Dont worry about sharing either. Ideas are a dime a dozen, and no, your mother isn't gonna steal your idea! Besides, even if someone does steal your idea, will they be able to execute it out like you? It's all in the execution I tell you!

Cheers!

-Bill

4 comments:

  1. You're right. I used to browse iOS AppStore to get inspiration. Another way to make new app is re-use old ideas in new execution. For example: There're many quotes apps in the Market but you can create new Quotes app with brand new design in your own language.

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    1. Hi Susu,

      Thanks for the great additional idea... cheers!

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  2. Making a killer app idea is all about reaching success. Exploring the android market can help you to make nice app ideas. Good Luck dudes
    http://www.android-app-market.com/android-app-development/make-money-from-android-application-development.html

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    1. Yep, you're right. Reaching success could be different for each of us, but ultimately it is reaching your goals, thats what matters!

      Btw, nice site!

      -Bill

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