Do You Make Android Applications for Love or Money?July 26th, 2012
Every Android app starts with love. OK, maybe not love, but it’s an idea. It’s an idea that someone is passionate enough about to sit at a computer and bring it to the world. As a writer, I often fall in love with an idea, and I sketch out characters and plots. Then I give myself a good shake, and ask one question out loud: “Will someone want to read that?”
The same question holds true for app makers: “Will someone want to install that?”
Before you make an app, sketch out your idea, decide what features you think are important to making your idea work, and then ask yourself if people will want to install it. If you’re building an app that’s a collection of classical melodies played on the vuvuzela, because you can’t get enough of the sound, it’s time to ask yourself if you might be alone (or nearly alone) in this particular love.
All kidding aside, before you take an app to market, get an idea as to what people are likely to want. See if similar apps are getting downloads in Google Play. If they are, read the reviews. See what people want and what they’re not getting from other developers, and then ADD THOSE FEATURES. They may not be the features that excite you the most, but if people want a feature and only your app has it, your app will get the downloads.
The question of love or money is a very real one. If you’re not passionate about what you do, you have a problem, but if you let passion guide your business decision-making, you might miss the mark on what makes a great product!
In short, make Android apps that appeal to you, but try to make sure they have a wider appeal, too!
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