It’s always nice to invent something new, but often what really succeeds is a new twist on an old idea or something that builds upon success. Think of the wheel. No one needed to invent it again to make a wheelbarrow or a bicycle, but they did need to think of new ways to implement the wheel, and new additions to it.
A great way to build successful Android apps is to look through those that are already succeeding in Google Play. Find apps that interest you and have thousands of downloads. Then think of ways you can build on their concept, put your own spin on their app, improve their app, or build a partner app to their app.
For example, one popular type of app is local area guides. Check if your local area has a good guide app. If not, go for it. Local guide apps can be lucrative, even if there are only several thousand downloads, because they can get advertising from local businesses. If you find a successful app which rates books, then maybe you could rate a specific genre, or a different language, or maybe you could change the rating system to be more intuitive or fun.
There are loads of successful apps out there, and if you can copy their successful attributes, you can make a successful app too.
Of course, there is a caveat to this – you can’t just copy someone else’s app and put your name on it. That’s plagiarism, and it will get your app kicked out of Google Play, and you may find yourself facing legal action, too. Remember that if an app does something unique, the technology may even be patented, so you’ll want to build your own system, not just copy someone else’s.
Have you ever built on someone else’s successful app? Tell us about it in the comments.