AppsGeyser’s team has found that guide or how-to apps are in high demand in the Android Market. Good guidance apps are installed as many as 4000 times a day, and for good reason. They help Android users solve a real pain or problem. There are a number of types of how-to apps that do well:
- Android-related Apps. These apps focus on solving technical issues for Android users. They help Android users use Flash, use browsers, solve memory problems, or solve other real Android issues.
- Universal Problems. These apps focus on problems that anyone could have. They can help people navigate the difficulties of dating, give dieting strategies, explain how to buy or sell a house, how to potty train a toddler, or other everyday problems that people need guidance for.
- Game Guides and Tips. If you’ve played a game and can walk another player through it, or you know some great tips for getting high scores, game guides get downloaded like candy.
- Any subject where you have expertise and you can offer genuine help. If you can offer help getting out of debt, pruning a rose bush, or ridding your cat and dog of fleas, even a travel guide to a city, people will download the app.
Building a guide app is easy. You can use your existing blog or create a new one using a free blogging tool like WordPress or Blogger. If you’re using an existing blog, you can point your app to a single post, or to a number of posts by using categories. If you’re using a new blog, you can add new posts daily or weekly to keep the app interesting and fresh and keep your audience reading on a regular basis.
Once you’ve built your app, you’ll need to choose a catchy name. Try out two or three different names in the Android Market and see which one catches on. Remember that the app’s name has to tell people what the app does. Be sure to use a great icon.