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Why App Re-skinning Is Good for Ultimate Beginners

Published November 19, 2015

**If you’re someone who has recently resolved to get into mobile app development but absolutely don’t know where to start, then this post is for you!

So you’ve decided to try your hand at mobile app development. You’ve taken courses at CodeAcademy, watched experts at Udemy, followed rockstar developers at StackOverflow, and even started to write your own codes. What should you do next?

In the startup world, one of the principles is to fail cheap and fail fast. We’re not saying that you’ll fail on your first try, but if you do, do it cheap and fast. Applying this to the mobile app dev industry, re-skinning apps is a beginner’s best choice to get inside the business fast and cheap.

What is app re-skinning?

App re-skinning is exactly what the name implies. Take the ‘skin’ off the app, that means images, graphics, and music, and modify it with new ones without changing the code and algorithm. The best example would be Rovio and their Angry Birds game franchise. The Angry Birds source code has been re-skinned multiple times to come up with Angry Birds Seasons, Rio, Star Wars, and all the other variations in the franchise. Yes, it’s safe to say that Rovio has made a ton of money with re-skinning.

Why should beginners try their hand at app re-skinning?

Because it’s cheaper and faster to deploy.

Compared to starting your app from scratch, you will spend less time in modifying source codes. This translates to lower man-hour expenses too. Once the app is finished, you can upload the app to iTunes Connect or to Google Play.

Because it’s the best way to learn.

The best way to learn is through hands-on experience. Think of this a good time to pick on the developer’s brain too! If you work on it and study the code hard enough, you might be able to tweak the code and add new features as you wish.

Buy a high-quality source code, do your modifications, and submit to iTunes or Google Play. Once your app is approved and out there, start deploying different marketing techniques, launch tactics, and growth hacking strategies. Use this time to test and experiment. Some of the things that you can think of: Which type of marketing works best for the type of category you chose? How should you price IAPs (in-app purchases)? What’s the best way to use ads?

What should beginners do before delving into app re-skinning? 

Before you bolt and buy a source code, here are some tried and tested tips to help you out on your first venture:

  • Learn: Brush up on your photo editing and design skills. Start with Photoshop, Illustrator, GIMP, and Pixelmator to help you come up with high quality images.
  • Plan: Bring out your pad and strategize for the design, icons, buttons, and sound effects. Stick to your theme and test out the resolution across different screen sizes.
  • Research: Find the best high-quality source code in the market for the specific category that you’re looking for. Check out Bright Newt’s source code library for the best and the latest source codes. If you don’t have the time to frequently scour the web for source codes, sign up at AppFlipAlerts to get automatic email notifications.

Ready to get started? Here’s an iOS developer’s story about his app re-skinning venture that we featured here on Bright Newt. If all things go well, you’ll end up having a successful, earning app. Otherwise, you’ll have an arsenal of lessons learned and a good story to tell.

We’d love to hear your stories about your first time experience with app re-skinning! Tell us more in the comments section.

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