By Michael Bernad
By Michael Bernad
Rabat – The mobile app industry is huge. Beyond huge even. It’s expected by the end of 2017 to be worth $77billion. So of course it’s an excellent industry to start plying your trade in.
There have been some huge success stories over the last few years. Take Flappy Bird for example released in 2013, it’s an incredibly simple game yet during its heyday was making over $50,000 a day such was its popularity.
But what does it take to become a mobile app developer? And how do you become one?
Well of course having the right skills is a necessity. Understanding the likes of Java, .NET, and CSS are absolutely vital, however, it stretches much further beyond that and more into your own creativity rather than the skills you possess.
With around 2.5 million apps across both Apple’s and Google’s app stores, an app needs to be original to stand out from the crowd. It’s why the phenomenon that is Fruit Ninja succeeded so well, and why services such as the Schmitts Casino stand out, because they have found that gap in the market.
Online casino has become huge in recent years and apps like Royal Vegas have tried to diversify with original slots and VIP experiences.
And diversity is something to consider for aspiring developers, after all the mobile app industry isn’t going anywhere; as long as iPhone’s are being released there will always be a billion dollar market for them.
The biggest opportunity of all lies in the fact that it can be done anywhere. Whether you be in a large office with a team of developers around you, or sat in your bedroom at home with your laptop on your knee, as long as you have the software to do it.
So you’ve got the skills, you’ve got the software, you’ve even got the idea. But how do you sell it?
Well firstly you have to fund it. A Kickstarter campaign is often a good way to begin proceedings. Crowdfunding in the past has produced some of the finest apps in the market with The Walker App for example receiving $4,200 from Kickstarter, not only helping raise money to develop, but also awareness about your app.
From there it’s spreading the word. It of course helps if you’re the next Mark Zuckerberg, but anything that could be a selling point could be useful. Bombard the press, Tweet, release teaser trailers, virtually anything that will help your app get recognized. Do this and you’re well on your way to a career in mobile app development. And if you’re idea is good enough, a lot of money too.