4 Android App Indie Developer Success Stories

We’ve covered a lot about Android apps on this site, from apps for a better night’s sleep to the best apps for earning money online, but what about Android apps developed by indie developers that took off in a big way? Below, we’ll check out four of the best Android app developer success stories. Some of the following apps will save your time, some of them may waste it, and some are downright silly, but they are all successful in their own right.


This nifty time-tracking app was created by indie developer Jeremy Olson. Olson was inspired by the time he spent as a freelance developer and decided to create something that would make his job easier. Hours is designed to help small businesses and freelancers keep track of their hours spent working. Initially, the app was shelved several times, and Olson nearly abandoned the project, until a suitable prototype was built. Olson and his small team were able to launch the app by focusing on marketing their product. They built up a blog and email list to create interest and then announced the app to their regular subscribers. Ultimately, the app took off and become one of the best-selling apps on Google Play.


Created by entrepreneurs Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein, Periscope was launched as a live video streaming app in 2015. The app was actually acquired by Twitter before it was even launched to the public. Beykpour came up with the idea for the app whilst seeking information about the protests in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Whilst Beykpour could read plenty online about the protests, he was unable to see what was taking place and thus Periscope was born. Beykpour and Bernstein designed their app to broadcast live video from anywhere in the world. The two entrepreneurs sought seed funding from a range of angel investors before being bought outright by Twitter for an undisclosed sum. Estimates as to the real amount range from $50 million to $100 million, a staggering sum for an app prior to its launch. By most estimates, Periscope has 1.9 million daily users.

Flappy Bird

Probably the most popular app on our list and certainly the most distracting, Flappy Bird is truly an indie underdog story. Developed by Dong Nguyen in 2014, Flappy Bird is a fun arcade-style game that is known for its addictiveness. The app has been downloaded over 50 million times; not bad for the product of one man’s labor. The Vietnamese developer ended up making over 50k per day with his app, an amazing sum when you consider Nguyen made the app in the evenings after work.


There are silly, frivolous apps, and then there’s iFart. As the name suggests, iFart is an app for creating a variety of fart sounds.

Available for both Android and iOS, the app was developed by Joel Comm, who worked originally as a social media consultant before his creation took off. As daft as this app might be, its turnover is pretty serious. First launched in 2008, the app made $40,000 for its creator in just two days. The app’s turnover has leveled out now to a considerable $10,000 a day, meaning that it remains one of the most popular sound apps on the store.

From the above, you can see that all it takes to write your own app success story is some basic IT skills, perseverance, and the right target audience. Feeling inspired? So why not try making your own? It’s really not that hard when you try.

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