Dec 08 AT 3:29 PM Dustin Earley 69 Comments

Beautiful Widgets is the first paid Android app to reach 1 million downloads

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While the Android Market is celebrating its 10 billionth download this week, another company is busy enjoying their success. Level Up Studio, the folks behind Beautiful Widgets, is proud to announce that their widget suite is the first paid app in the Android Market to be downloaded one million times.

The road hasn’t been as easy one for Level Up, but the journey was well worth it. The company started off with one developer in 2009, and has now blossomed to eight (that’s more than you think for an app development team). Some curious facts shared by the Level Up team on Beautiful Widgets: There has been 121 updates to the app so far. Beautiful Widgets is well known for its clock widget skins, and for good cause too. There’s 1109 of them available. And as far as how often those skins are downloaded? Try 1.3 million times a month.

Congratulations Level Up Studio, you deserve it. Beautiful Widgets is one of the essential must-have Android apps, and has been for quite some time now. If you still haven’t managed to buy the app, there’s no time to waste. Right now, in celebration of the Android Market’s 10 billionth download, Beautiful Widgets is only 10 cents!

 

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Thomas Biard

    Well played Beautiful Widgets. You deserve all 1 million.
    PS, i wonder how many of that 1 million were bought at $0.10

    • Dustin Earley

      I thought about that. Probably a decent amount, but then again, the app has been around for ages now.

      • Deeds

        I bought it yesterday for ten cents, but it is definitely worth more than that

        • latouffe

          On Getjar you can get it free ;)

          • thel0nerang3r

            GetJar has it for free. However, you don’t get updates.
            That’s a +/- based on your situation. I had it from GetJar, then I bought it for 10c.
            Also, getting it from the Android market gets you the convenience of re-installing it once you get a new device. I had to replace my phone, because it got it’s image corrupted and wouldn’t boot. It was awesome to get my apps automagically installed when I signed in. Again, for most people this would be once a year (when you get a new phone on contract). Also, really? you are complaining that 10c is too much?

        • elijahblake

          me 2.. I have always used the free version of fancy widgets but i’m liking the ics clock

      • Alex

        Beautiful Widgets definitly goes down on the list of greatest Android applications of all time. One million downloads is a monumental achievement, and the blossoming of LevelUp studios is a great example of the opportunity that Android offers as an open platform. I doubt that this sort of thing could have happened with any other OS (not just cause they don’t have widgets).

        • http://keridel.blogspot.com james bricknell

          they was really well said.

        • http://www.desean.net desean

          i agree too. have been using BW for almost 2 years now. ironically, i am not using BW now but minimalistic text in replacement instead because the skin design have been quite stale these 2 years. needed something new.

      • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva

        I was trying to take a look at the download charts but discovered that they disabled them. It was there 3 days ago :o

    • Anthony E

      Somewhere on the higher side of 100,000 copies.

      Source: Jordan form LevelUp Studios.
      http://phandroid.com/2011/12/08/beautiful-widgets-first-paid-app-to-reach-1-million-downloads-from-android-market/#disqus_thread

    • raminscc

      I must admit. I cheaped out and got it for 10c but now that I’ve used it I’m gonna donate to the devs!!

    • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

      Mine was one of those at 10 cents. I pondered getting it many times, but decided since I don’t use widgets that often, it wasn’t something I really wanted to pay for.

      But at 10 cents, how can you go wrong? I get paid more while taking a leak at work…

  • http://whysoangrybirds.com mikeyDroid

    It is beautiful after all!

  • oddball

    Congrats to level up you deserve it

  • BiGMERF

    Great appp.. wonder how many was from sale…

  • l0g0s

    Because it’s worth it! I’m a chronic ROM flasher and with AOSP ROMs, I love BW. Good stuff. Congratulations to them!

  • AndroidCowboy

    Very nice. It was one of the first apps I purchased for my Galaxy Tab 10.1. Just recently reviewed this app on my blog as well. Congrats. http://bit.ly/vDRGtT

  • Donald Williams

    Not only do they pass the million mark I am glad I was part of it, nice to see a company grow and get even better with every update!

  • Billy

    Good job BW! Love your work!

  • Nathan D.

    It still ten cents!

  • jamal

    Congrats and keep up the beautiful work.

  • Jason Toering

    Excellent app, and the first one I bought when I got my phone.

  • Hall Lo

    Bought this app since the very beginning, generally its a nice app, but i hate that the online skins for download are really crappy most of the times and flooded with some ugly designs with different colors

  • Kenneth Ohonba

    I’m happy they priced it for 0.10 but if you really think about it, this app is a serious battery killer. It has so much running in the background that even with a task killer app nothing is still being done. Why bother downloading it to just turn around and complain that your android device won’t last a day on a single charge?

    • http://ilysespieces.tumblr.com Ilyse Rose

      Task killers kill battery far worse than Beautiful Widgets ever could. Or really any other widget.

  • zyphbear

    Personally, I love Beautiful Widgets and it really serves the purpose better than even things like Sense does. On top of being able to fully customize it, it updates with more info (if desired).

    I say congrats to them and hope this is just the beginning of more great apps, like Plume.

  • stenzor

    Beautiful victory

  • ArticulateFool

    The developer(s) of this app are amazing! I look forward to many more quality apparently from them.

  • TJ Mir

    Incredible! I downloaded their app just today! I wonder if I am the lucky millionth downloader! Lol…way too unlikely

  • AndroidJunkie

    i picked this up for 10 cents, even though I don’t want it on my HTC phone, I know i’ll want similar widgets on any future tablet or device I might get. certainly worth a dime.

  • Emil

    I see what they did there.

  • sylar

    Man that is a lot of downloads. Wonder how much money they made off of it and how many were bought at 10 cents.

  • Adnoxaei

    Aww it shows up as 2.89 for me :( I’d pay even a dollar for it, but it just isn’t important enough to me to pay that much. It does remind me that I need to show some former htc toting people that they can still have that clock on any phone via this widget set.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Congratulations to the company and product, well deserved, another win for Android in a way.

  • honourbound68

    First app I’ve bought on my epic 4g. Gratz to the developers. It’s a first rate product

  • James Conley

    The shortcut features in the superclock app really make this a awesome find.

  • Kindroid

    This was the first paid app I bought for my original Droid. It has been worth every penny. It is the essence of what makes Android different from iOS and WP7……..choice and versatility.

  • Oscar Ortega

    Brought mine yesterday :)

  • SCJaredJ

    love the app! been using it for a while now and it’s well worth the full price and would have been a great steal for anyone picking it up @ $0.10!

  • thechad

    Great app

  • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva

    Awesome. They definitely deserve it… what a great app.

  • levelm

    Congrats to them. Great job! Who would of figured a “Personlization” app would be the number one selling app on Android — and to think the number one thing missing on Apple devices is… personalization!

  • Androidcrazed6

    Can anyone tell me how long the 10 cents celebration is going to last

    Maybe till Christmas

  • myandroid99

    weird…i wasn’t part of the 1 miilion

  • Louis Atu

    I am # 0000077

  • http://ilysespieces.tumblr.com Ilyse Rose

    I love Beautiful Widgets and I’ve owned it since I got my first Android phone but recently the little weather icon stopped showing up for me no matter what I do and I had to switch to Fancy Widgets. It was a sad sad day :(

  • w0urds

    10¢ price tag swayed me to buy.

  • humidity

    Nice! +1 Beautiful Widgets!

  • http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/ KatSelezneva

    I like Beautiful Widgets very much. It’s a nice-looking, usable and simple widget. I think I’ll add it to My 10 favorite Android widgets http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-10-favorite-android-widgets.html

  • smisa27

    Nice job Beautiful Widgets! I remember you from way back when! Congrats! =)

  • donger

    beautiful

  • ramenchef

    I love this app. I purchased it at full price on my first android phone.

  • booyootoo

    I have only purchased this yesterday for €0,10. I dont use the widgets, but love the live wallpaper.

  • Robert Whittaker

    Love this app especially the slient for x minutes. No long do I forget to turn the ringer back on when I leave a meeting.

  • HoLfElDeR

    Beautiful witget is most awesome app, it has so many options and customiazation settings and that is why is the best

  • Davids Kuma

    Have not tested this. :(

  • mclarensr

    Awesome app. Wel deserved.

  • jefflarkin

    I picked this up when it was on sale, but I’ve not found any widgets I like better than the Go widgets. That’s really more a compliment to the Go widgets than a dig on these, both are quite nice.

  • Laurel laurel25

    BW was one of the very first apps I installed on my first Android phone. I absolutely love it! I think that being able to set shortcuts to various apps by clicking on parts of the clock/date/weather is so, so useful!

  • Fabio R

    i was the 999,999 th download

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Purchased the app based on this post, but missed the 10 cent deal. Overall, I am impressed with it, but was a bit surprised when I saw the first widget I loaded; I thought I had turned on one of my Sense based WM, or Android HTC devices. ;-) Do like the various skin options, favorite so far is the DigitalAmber skin.

  • jvictorc

    Well deserved. I used to use it, but I changed to Simi Clock when I wanted a more simple look.

  • Torrance Barber

    Congratulations LevelUp Studios! Keep up the good work!

  • jsweetser2

    Congrats, Beautiful widgets was one of hte first 10 apps i downloaded when i got my G1.

  • Jerome S

    Beautiful Widgets deserves everything they receive. Impressive widgets and functionality that I never expected from ANY Android developer. They really raised the bar with their phenomenal app, and I hope they get a million more downloads!

  • PiTTDRoiD

    Ok…..in my bag nooooooooooow!!!!!

  • sgumer

    that is great. i have never seen or used the app but will have to check it out.