Last week we told you about UTV Indiagames and their great achievement of reaching 100 million downloads from Nokia Store. Now they are accompanied by our Nordic friends Pico Brothers, who just recently also joined the exclusive 100-million club.
The guys behind Pico Brothers are Niklas Karlström and Kristian Engsjö (and also their dog Viggo). Pico Brothers have been developing great apps for Nokia Store for several years now, and have recently also started developing for Windows Phone, so be sure to check out their apps on Marketplace as well.
We congratulate Pico Brothers for reaching this milestone and look forward to more amazing apps that will make our devices more fun to use!
Nokia Developer Champion Vishal Dharankar is an independent consultant at Xenon Softwares and developer of the free FuelPad and MyFinance apps in Nokia Store. Based in Nashik, Maharashtra, India, he teaches post-graduate computer science when he’s not busy coding apps of his own.
Last month he organized a full-day workshop to introduce students to Windows Phone development using Visual Studio and Expression Blend. While most students entering the workshop had no experience with Windows Phone work, by the end of the day 30 students competed in a 3-hour sprint to come up with the best app concepts. In an informal survey of the participants, the attendees were most impressed with the development tools and how “hassle free” it was to begin development for Windows Phone.
Finland-based duo Niklas Karlström and Kristian Engsjö, aka Pico Brothers, have broken through the 100 million download barrier in Nokia Store.
Pico Brothers are the second developers to achieve 100,000,000 downloads, reaching the milestone just two weeks after UTV Indiagames.
The company’s strategy for success has involved delivering simple, clever apps that provide short bursts of entertainment.
Apps like ‘Milk the Cow’, ‘Talking Hamster’ and ‘Flashlight Extreme’ are Pico Brothers apps that deliver instant fun and utility.
“We make the apps that people want to have,” says founder Niklas Karlström, “That’s given us momentum, and it’s snowballed.”
Niklas and Kristian have achieved their success without needing to invest in additional staff. “We both still work from home, although I have a baby now so sometimes I go to an office to work in peace,” Niklas says. His dream for five years time is to “have fun and to do something that makes sense”. For ten years time it’s “to still have fun”.
Their range of apps in Nokia Store are about to be joined by apps on another platform; Windows Phone.
The duo is now hard at work developing apps for Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone Marketplace: “As a starting point, we’re looking at getting about ten of our apps on the Windows Phone platform, including Talking Cat, some of our other entertainment apps and the anti-mosquito app.”
The secret of success, according to Karlström, is dreaming up lots of creative ideas, only some of which come to fruition, “We have lots and lots of ideas, and some of those go as far as being published as apps.”
Congratulations Pico Brothers on this incredible achievement. We look forward to seeing your efforts for Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone.