In a time of global unrest owing to the corona virus pandemic, technology has undoubtedly risen to the occasion. With stringent lockdowns and social distancing norms in place, massive sections of the population have turned to technology to support their daily lives. Mobile apps, once viewed as mere lifestyle choices have now become integral to lives.
So while the world economy takes a hit as a consequence of suspended activity across industries, businesses that can run must run. Mobile apps are one such business. Demand for quality mobile apps that can provide essential services during this tumultuous and physically limiting time is unprecedented.
The overnight success of video conferencing app Zoom and the equally staggering volume of problems it quickly ran into, indicate how much the world needs a good app right now. The time is ripe for innovation in tech and development of mobile apps that provide critical solutions. If you have one such idea, now is the time to step up and take action. You might be asking one of these questions right about now:
- What kind of apps have seen the maximum usage in times of COVID-19?
- What kind of apps are making money right now?
- How can I build an app that is useful and profitable?
Let’s answer all those questions for you today. We’re going to show you what kind of apps are highly sought after by users right now. We will zero down on the top performing app categories so that you can channel your ideas in the right direction and build an app that has a thriving market and a large number of potential users are eagerly looking forward to.
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So here are some app ideas ready to explode
First, here’s a concise list of app ideas for you. You can scroll to read in detail about each, or click to jump to your favorite category.
Apps That Help Users Work from Home
Offices remain shut by government orders, but businesses must find a way to keep the ball rolling. A massive workforce is thus looking for ways to make work from home easier and more productive. There are several kinds of apps that can be developed in this niche. We will take a look at all the possibilities in this category and I’ll show you examples of apps that are currently succeeding at this. That should give you the ideas and inspiration you need, so come along.
Video conferencing apps
Apps that allow smooth, uninterrupted, high quality video calling of large groups of people.
But there’s already Skype, and flavour-of-the-season Zoom and several other apps that do this. Where’s the space for me you ask? Well.
Tip to Outcompete: There is always room for improvement in this area. You can win this if you can provide
- Better call quality
- Smoother user experience
- Increased privacy and security
- Lower bandwidth consumption, and other advantages.
For the millions of employees trying this for the first time (and even for the seasoned ones), working from home comes with an innate challenge – staying focused without a boss overhead.
A lot of people have reported having difficulty maintaining their productivity while working from home.
Once again, it’s mobile apps to the rescue. Productivity apps have existed for long but in the current scenario, they have acquired a much larger user base, leaving the door wide open for innovation. Right now, some of the most successful apps are:
Trello –for organizing and keeping track of projects and tasks
Team Viewer –for at home tech support, allowing the IT people to fix any issue you’re facing on your computer by remotely accessing it.
Slack – for smoother team communication
Asana – for improved collaboration among teams, allowing multiple people to work together on the same project.
Spark – to prevent email spam and keep the inbox organized.
Noisli – an app that produces ambient sounds to help you focus and channelize.
Toggl – to better manage your time
Freedom – to cut out distractions from social media and other apps
And many more, but you get the drift.
Tip to Outcompete: The innovator in you could step up and create an app that does one of the above tasks better than the current apps, or explore a gap in the market.
A myriad of possibilities exist for mobile apps in the health and fitness category. Needless to say, now is a time when everyone is getting paranoid about their health.
Consultation and Telemedicine apps
People are avoiding visiting their doctors even for regular health check-ups for the fear of contracting the virus somewhere in the halls. Everyone wishes they could consult with their doctor online. There is right now a big opportunity for healthcare apps such as –
- Apps that facilitate video calling and online consultation with certified doctors
- Apps to connect on-demand doctors/nurses to needful patients
- Branded healthcare apps bringing trusted hospitals to user devices
- Apps that facilitate maintaining and sharing medical records
Fitness and Wellness
With gyms and fitness classes shut down, more and more people look for ways to stay fit at home.
Online workouts are all the rage and the scope for innovation in this area is enormous. Finding creative ways to keep users motivated to workout at home, group sessions, peer fitness and so much more makes for an abundant opportunity for mobile apps.
- Personal trainer apps
- Group workout apps
- Complete fitness packages with different workouts for each day of the week
- Apps like Classpass that allow users to change up their workout routine
Nutrition and immunity apps
People realize that short of a highly potent vaccination (which still looks at least a year away), increasing one’s personal health and immunity is the only way to stay safe. A number of mobile app ideas exist here, such as –
- Personal nutritionist
- Healthy recipes
- Actionable knowledge resources on immunity boosting foods
- Diet tracker
- Food scanners that tell what is safe or not (especially now that scepticism over meat and other foods is high)
Tip to Outcompete:Knowing the workout is easy. The psychology of motivation is the tough part. Focus on ways to keep your users hooked and happy.
Ecommerce and Delivery
Lockdown and self-quarantining situations have given an unprecedented boost to the ecommerce industry as people throng to online shopping like never before. Governments have called out to ecommerce companies so that customer needs can be met without having them out on the streets. Companies like Amazon and Instacart have increased hiring to meet the increased demand.
Despite it all, there remain many gaps and hence opportunities in this area. Not even a mammoth like Amazon was prepared to handle demand at this scale.
Moreover, customers have great concerns about health of packaging and delivery staff as well as warehouse hygiene.
Even in areas where ordering non-essential items is now permitted, aware customers worry about doing so. Customers wish to be conscious of their actions and feel apprehensive about burdening the system by ordering non-essential supplies.
Companies that can come up with innovative solutions that address this customer conundrum are sure to win the race. For example, ecommerce companies could create flexible order option at check out where a customer can place an order and wait for delivery until there are enough orders in the area, so that they can all be delivered in just one trip.
Innovators can develop better functionalities that make the delivering process more efficient and less burdensome for the states.
All of the above indicate a myriad of opportunities that exist in ecommerce and delivery, leaving the field wide open for new entrants and better mobile apps.
- Consolidated delivery apps
- Local delivery platforms
- Community platforms that let people of a building or society order together to reduce trips
Tip to Outcompete:Tapping into shopper conscience is the key right now. People are concerned with safety, they are confused and worried. They wish to do the right thing and help the community by making good shopping decisions. Addressing these emotions will put you ahead in the race.
In a time when the world is battling a deadly virus and a global pandemic, technology companies, innovators and entrepreneurs are stepping up to find solutions and help the people in any way they can. The scope is great for mobile app and web solutions to common everyday problems people are facing on a large scale. The above ideas should help you take the steps you’ve been wanting to, to develop solutions that are not only time critical but also highly profitable.
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