An Android application developer claims to earn around $13,000 (roughly £8000) a month doing nothing more than selling an application called Car Locator that helps the user err.... find their cars.
Edward Kim wrote on his personal blog that since the launch of Car Locator, more than 70,000 free downloads have been registered with around one in every 11 of them ending as a paid version.
Car Locator originally costs $1.99 before Kim hiked the price to $3.99 which reduced the number of people actually buying the product but increased the overall revenue.
The app - which has been on the Android Marketplace for a mere five month - identifies where the user has parked his or her car by making use of the onboard GPS present on all Android smartphone.
The fact that it managed to become a featured app in the marketplace raised the app's profile and saw sales jump four fold to an average of $435 per day. Interestingly, Kim noted peaks at weekends and holidays, a sign that (a) many Android phones might be purchased then (b) people tend to browser the marketplace casually during these periods.
Worryingly he did identify that piracy was a growing concern, adding that users are regularly exchanging links on Twitter where Car Locator is available for download for free.
Is Mr Kim a lonely example of a successful Android developer or one which truly demonstrates that the Google-backed platform is a real money spinner? Only time will tell. Kim though appears to be ecstatic and optimistic about a possible rise.
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