Coming up with million-dollar app ideas is not easy. The concept of the app is the foremost important part of creating a successful app, just after finding the mobile app development company with the best developers to hire on the team. App developers are improving and enhancing our smartphone and tablet experiences daily. In fact, so many Android and iOS apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and you can’t think of novel ideas for your app, here are some original app ideas for 2021 that you can steal:
Eyeware Beam is an app that shows a lot of potentials. They have a demo app on the app store to showcase their implementation of an eye tracker using just an iPhone or iPad that has a TrueDepth camera. If you are a streamer the best use case would be to show a circle where you are watching the screen, as you have probably already seen on other streamers, but without buying a dedicated piece of equipment for this, as it’s not cheap. Maybe you just want to see how your audience will take it.
Another use case would be to rotate the camera around you while driving in a game in first-person mode. I’m talking about the simulators/driving games that support this function, like Euro Truck Simulator 2. I can see it being really useful, especially if you already have a wheel and pedals.
If you are a streamer or you play games that could benefit from it you should try it out, as for now, it’s free. The app gives you an installer on a windows machine and needs to be in the same network for it to work. The whole connecting process could be improved and I think it will as the app matures.
Wheels — Ride Safe
Wheels — Ride Safe is an app that allows you to enjoy a ride with a Wheels vehicle, a hybrid between a bicycle and a scooter. The Wheels vehicle in itself it’s very innovative, but the app doesn’t fall much behind. The cool thing about it is that the Wheels vehicle seems to have a built-in speaker that offers hands-free navigation or music with the help of the app and also an easy way to unlock the helmet from the holding enclosure on the vehicle. They also claim it’s one of the safest vehicles around, and at a first glance it does look safer than an average scooter, so if you ever have the opportunity, you should try it out and let us know if it raises the expectations. Just from the app alone, it seems to offer more than the competition so it would be nice to see them grow and be available everywhere because let’s face it, green cities are the right way if not the only way.
The app has a 4.5 out of 5 and over 60.000 ratings. Its Age Rating specifies 4+ so it’s for everyone. Also available in many languages like English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese. It collects information like Financial Location, Contact, Identity, Usage, and Diagnostics. It’s available both for Android 8.0 and up, or for iOS 11.0 or later, and it’s free of charge.
Verishop — Social Shopping
Everyone knows shopping is more fun when you are doing it with someone else and this app makes that a lot easier. So, Verishop — Social Shopping, combines shopping and social media in a single app. Users can upload and share their ideas, follow other brands and people just like you would on a normal social media app. Furthermore, they have a shopping party where users can join their friends in a live shopping session, or just live stream their shopping experience.
You can discover unique brands and new trends; watch Livestream Shopping for styling tips and beauty demos, and chat with streamers in real-time; hang out and video shop with friends; share your styles with the community — all with the convenience of Free Shipping, Free Returns, and 24/7 Customer Care.
The app has over 500 ratings already and a 4.7 out of 5 stars, so the numbers don’t lie, people like it. Even the reviews are generally great, customers are pleased to use it since they think it’s fast, easy to use, and shop, it has great products and filters and the design is amazing as well; The app is designed just for iOS and it requires compatibility for iOS 11.0 or later, it’s for people over 17 and it’s free of charge. So here are just a few reasons why Verishop is a great app, beautifully build and pleasantly presented for the user.
Bear is an app where you can write in portable Markdown notes, encrypt your notes, sync notes, organize notes with nested tags, add sketches, pick a beautiful theme, export to a variety of formats. Bear is a focused, flexible notes app used by writers, lawyers, chefs, teachers, engineers, students, parents, and more! Bear has quick organization, editing tools, and export options to help you write quickly and share anywhere and preserve your privacy with encryption. The app has so many features, but here are some of them easily synthesized:
- Write our way with flexible yet simple tools
- Organize quickly with tasks and hashtags
- Share anywhere
- Search all the things
- Use it everywhere with sync in Bear Pro
- Privacy for your notes
The app has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 and over 5k reviews, it’s free of charge but has in-app purchases like a monthly Pro subscription of $1.49 or a yearly Pro subscription of $14.99. It’s available in many languages like English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese. It requires an iOS system and an iOS 11.0 or later. Supports Family Sharing and Siri, so it’s very accessible for everyone.
Gawq — Local & World News
Gawq is a news app with no biased algorithms. Local, national, & world news from over 850 top media sources. They believe that you should have easy access to news from all sides, and without being manipulated by a click-hungry algorithm. It filters the noise and stays informed with 360-degree coverage on breaking stories happening near you and around the world. They also have as a source some of the most well-known media stations like Fox News, CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, NYT, NY Post, The Guardian, ESPN, NBA, NFL, MMA, US Weekly, Vanity Fair, TMZ, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Wired, TechCrunch, NASA, National Geographic, and many others. The app offers you the following features and assets:
- 850+ top sources
- No biased algorithms
- No in-stream ads
- Filter opinions, celebrity, politics, or non-news
- Local news & weather
- Follow your favorite topics & keep up with the latest
- Be the first to know with major news alerts
- Mute topics or sources that clutter your feed
- Review media coverage to help build a better news platform for all
- Compare the latest fact checks across the web
The app Warby Parker says is the easiest way to shop for Warby Parker eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contacts. With the app, you can:
- Shop frames starting at $95, including prescription lenses.
- For iPhone X and above you can virtually try on frames with life-like accuracy, and you can also measure your pupillary distance (PD) in no time — no card or ruler necessary.
- Try out shop Scout, their very own brand of daily contact lenses
- Shop daily, bi-weekly, and monthly contacts with no hidden fees
- Strengthen your sunglasses game by an exponential factor
- Handle all of your eyewear prescriptions with ease
Warby Parker has your eyes covered. Whether you’re looking for designer eyewear at a revolutionary price or your next supply of contacts, you can handle it all in one place. With free shipping and returns, it’s easy to shop with no risk. Plus, apps are fun. The also has a policy that for every pair purchased, a pair of glasses is distributed to someone in need.
Vera: Plant Care Made Simple
The app Vera: Plant Care Made Simple s a plant care management app that helps you and your plants thrive! There are a few simple parts when it comes to using the app, and those are:
- Create a Schedule: Never leave your plant hanging again! Easily set up watering reminders and fertilizing follow-ups for every plant. Track your plants’ progress as you go and become the best plant parent.
- Track Your Plants: View your plant collection in one place, and create profiles for each leafy friend, with their name, adoption date, and photos you take. Log your plant care activities over time and watch your jungle thrive.
- Document your journey: Journal away when you’re excited for a new sprouting leaf, worried about unwanted pesty guests, or mesmerized by the way the morning light hits your Fiddle Leaf Fig just right.
- Learn New Skills: Curious about how to report your Monstera? Need to know how to trim your Money Tree? They’ve got you covered. The Library has all the plant care tips and tricks you’ll ever need. Plant Mom approved, of course!
The app has a very pleasant design and a 4.3 out of 5. People seem to enjoy it, and when they feel like there’s room for improvement, they wrote feedbacks, which the developers seems to always take into consideration and improve their app. It’s available for Android, 6.0 or up, and iOS 12.0 or later. It’s for everyone who is into learning how to take care of their plants, and it’s free of charge.
The app Vestiaire Collective is an app where you can buy and sell pre-owned designer items. You can join their global fashion activist community and discover thousands of carefully curated new bags, shoes, watches, and more. Every week, they add designer items from brands like Louis Vuitton, Celine, Gucci, Hermès, Rolex, and Cartier.
The Vestiaire Collective app gives you:
- Access to thousands of unique second-hand items.
- Quality-checked designer pieces.
- Search tools for the brand, category, new arrivals, size, price, and more.
- Personalized notifications for items you’re looking for.
- A convenient way to sell designer items you no longer wear.
- An easy payment process, with the option of interest-free installments.
With the Vestiaire Collective app, you can:
- Keep in touch with the Vestiaire Collective fashion community.
- Make offers to sellers and negotiate the price of an item.
- Add items to your wishlist and share the products you’re currently coveting.
- Follow members whose products and styles you like.
The app has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 and almost 13k reviews. It’s available for multiple languages like English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and it’s free of charge. Accessible for everyone, but only on iOS 12.0 or up, or Android 5.0 or up.
The app Poparazzi is a new photo-sharing app where your social profiles are created by your friends. You are your friend’s paparazzi, and they are yours. You’ll receive a notification when a friend takes a photo of you. Don’t worry! You have complete control to remove any photo from your profile that you don’t like.
Everyone can take photos of you on Poparazzi, but only users you follow can post directly to your profile. All photos posted by users you don’t follow will go through an approval process before they show up on your profile.
Blocking a user will prevent them from being able to take or upload a photo of you. If you block someone on Poparazzi, they will no longer be able to communicate with you through the app. They won’t see photos you’re in and you won’t see photos they’re in.
The app has a 4.6 out of 5 currently, and is available only for iOS momentarily, for versions or 13.1 or up. It collects information about contact and user and it’s free of charge.
Otter: Transcribe Voice Notes
The app Otter is an app that helps you with automated meeting notes for Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and more. You can stay connected and collaborative when you work from home.
Otter records and takes meeting notes for you in real-time, so you can stay focused on the conversation, and rest assured that all information (e.g. actions, highlights, photos, attendees) is captured, easily searchable, and shareable with your team. Supercharge your note-taking with AI and use Otter for all your meetings, interviews, lectures, and everyday voice conversations. Some of this app’s main features are:
- Take meeting notes automatically
- Record & Transcribe Live
- Enrich Notes with AI
- Share meeting and summary with teammates to keep everyone in sync
- Record and transcribe interviews, lectures, podcasts, videos, webinars, keynotes
- Provide live captioning to deaf, hard-of-hearing, ESL people, and anyone with accessibility needs
- Organize & Export
- Import & Sync
Otter has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 and over 17k reviews. It uses your Location, Contacts, Search History, Identifiers, and User Content. It’s available for everyone, free of charge but with a possibility of monthly in-app purchases of $12.99, or yearly for $99.99, for Otter Pro. It requires iOS 11.0 or later or Android 5.0 or later.
These are just 10 of the innovations of 2021, but there are plenty of others that we didn’t mention. If you have the possibility to create something unique, do it! And if you struggle with the process, contact us and we can help you.
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