It didn’t take long after the advent of the smartphone for apps to become more than just a precursor to a meal. Since 2010, the number of apps found in the iOS App Store, Google Play, and now Amazon Appstore has increased steadily. In 2014, Apple had close to 1.21 million apps in its store, while Google Play had close to 1.43 million. *
And Amazon may be a distant third in the game (293,000 apps), but its catalog grew by nearly 90% between 2013 and 2014.
In other words, people can’t get enough of their mobile apps. And with this great demand has come a great supply.
This can often result in some pretty imaginative and useful apps, such as the Flashlight app. A simple technology that used your phone’s camera flash made it possible to find your way out of a dark corn maze without a bulky flashlight. That innovation was so popular that Apple made it a standard part of its latest iPhone models.
Less vital, yet equally helpful apps have also come to light, including Iconical, which allows users to customize their app icons on their iPhones. In this age of constant customization, Iconical quickly found its way into the home screens of thousands of smartphone users.
Of course, with increased demand comes the opportunity for some innovators to explore their unorthodox side. The result? Some of the strangest apps you may or may not have ever heard of.
Here are 4 of the craziest and strangest apps that might one day make their way onto your smartphone.
While the app itself might seem alarming, what’s even more mind-boggling is that eight people actually downloaded it before Apple pulled it from the store. These days you might find I Am Rich (by iBanned) on Google Play, only this time it’s completely free … and still pointless.
While pregnant women will, at times, track their contractions to know how close they are to giving birth, the chances any of these women pulling out their phones to handle the job are extremely slim.
But you never know.
Mobile apps have given innovators and creators a new medium to test out ideas they can present to the public at a moderate price (except, of course, for I Am Rich). This bodes well for consumers, because chances are if there’s a need or desire for some type of functionality, you can download it in seconds from your phone. But buyer beware: For every Flashlight app out there, there’s an endless supply of Pet Baby apps waiting to steal your attention (and dollars).