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The Flappy Bird Phenomenon: What App Developers Can Learn

179760578Mobile application fads are always changing. It seems that popular app trends develop as quickly as fashion ones, and it is difficult to know which will become the next greatest hit. However, if you are able to synchronize strong app development and a clear and concise marketing message, you could see some noteworthy results. That seems to be the case with 2014′s biggest app craze to date: Flappy Bird,  a simple game created and developed by Dong Nguyen, a Vietnamese video game developer, who never intended the app to be such a success.

Although the application was released in May 2013, it gained increasing popularity and subsequently topped the app charts in January 2014.This application was so universally enticing that it became too popular for its creator. Nguyen pulled the app on February 8th over the overwhelming popularity and the app’s addictive nature. The application is no longer available to download, though those who had it installed before its discontinuation can still play (some are even renting out their phones to those who need a Flappy Bird fix.) Although the Flappy Bird fever is forced to come to an end, it has shown us that a mobile app’s success may not depend on expensive creative teams and big names- and that is a good thing. Flappy Bird is a prime example of how simplicity can be the key to a profitable and popular app. Here are some reasons why Flappy Bird was such a success:

Simplicity– Flappy Bird is simple in appearance, concept, and execution. Learning and understanding the game takes little time and needs no prior context. Understanding the basics takes only seconds, which is fitting for a society that appreciates and gravitates toward concepts that are quick enough to hold a short attention span.

Targets all Smartphone Users– Because of the application’s simple content, it applies to all demographics, regardless of age, race, or gender. This application is free of any bias or reservations; it is a simple, universally accepted concept lacking any negative connotations. This application brings no shock, controversy, or need for questioning. There is truly no motive besides keeping the bird alive, a simple goal that anyone can appreciate.

Continue to read on our blog: The Flappy Bird Phenomenon: What App Developers Can Learn
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This entry was posted on February 20, 2014 by in App Development, online marketing and tagged , .
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