Up and coming app companies hold the best opportunities to shine in the mobile development job market. The best app companies are the ones that nurture creativity and talent, and of-course, release both commercially successful and purposeful apps, and this article takes a look at some of the top app companies (two big and two small), the apps they have made, and what sets them apart from the rest.
Funzio is a San Francisco-based mobile gaming app startup company whose games Crime City and Kingdom age have both ranked within the top 25 apps for iOS, and have continued to lie in the Top 50 since the start of 2012, successes which have been mirrored with the games’ availability on Facebook. The development team at Funziois known to be both highly experienced and highly driven, with the CEO Ken Chiu already selling a previous startup mobile app company to the social gaming service leader Zynga. To prove the value of this company, it managed to raise $50 million with a recent $350 valuation.
Another San Francisco based company,Zynga is the creator of the immensely popular social media games FarmVille and CityVille, with their complete game catalogue garnering almost 300 million users each month when they were at their most collectively popular. Founded in 2007 by Mark Pincus, Zynga was initially focused on free online games for Facebook, the company has been forced to look at things from the mobile angle. The company was once valued at $20 billion, but since this peak the numbers of Facebook Zynga game subscribers have been falling, as more and more consumers turn away from desktops and embrace mobile apps. The company is currently experiencing losses, but with their acquisition of OMGPOP – the company which created “Draw Something” — and their plans to create group-player mobile gaming apps, Zynga looks set to get back on form.
TouchType Ltd was founded in 2008 by Jonathon Reynolds and Ben Medlock, both graduates of Cambridge University. After promising career starts from both of them, they decided to enter the opportunistic world of mobile applications. Their main app is Swiftkey – an advanced intelligent keyboard for Android which uses patented technology to make typing much easier and quicker. The app has reached number 1 for paid apps a number of times, and was awarded this years “Most Innovative Mobile App”. Expect big things from this company in the future.
WhatsApp is a cheap messaging app available on all major smartphones that lets you exchange messages and various other media from any phone platform to another. Even though it is a very simple app, it has achieved enormous success, since it was founded in 2009 by Jan Koum and Brian Acton, being a frequent top seller in all mobile app markets. A commendable fact about WhatsApp Inc. is that they like to do things on their own terms, stay out of the limelight and put their efforts into their product. They have relied on simple word of mouth to increase the apps popularity, and with tens of millions of users and the app firmly and indefinitely placed in the top 10 spots of many app markets, this app is looking set to reach global popular status very soon.