A mobile app for one of the most successful TV shows in the UK

The Official X Factor App

X factor app

Creating a unique mobile solution for a major prime-time tv show, which drives engagement with millions of viewers and X Factor fans
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The brief

The X Factor has been one of ITVs most watched reality TV shows for over a decade.

They already had a successful iOS app, and were missing viewer interaction from their Android audience.

They tasked us with creating an app that drove engagement with viewers for the platform, bringing the X Factor experience to more fans and devices across the UK.

What we did

We needed to make sure viewers could react to the shows in real-time, so we collaborated with their partner Tellybug for that seamless integration with ITV servers.

The X Factor app created a social community. The media section posted exclusive videos, photographs and interviews, while the social tab made sharing content as easy as possible – a basic tool now, but an exciting feature then.

Users could vote, share their thoughts and opinions with other viewers, and we built ‘Tap to Clap’ – a tool that enabled users to show how much they were enjoying each performance as it was happening in real time.

The results

We provided a detailed hand-over so ITV’s in-house team could perform maintenance and bug fixes – since launch, the Android version of the X Factor app now has well over a million downloads.

At a time when mobile apps weren’t being used by prime-time TV, this was a unique mobile solution that illustrated how easy it is to engage with over a million people.

“We’ve worked with Apadmi on previous apps and through their focus, flexibility and deep technical knowledge, they have shown that they can add considerable value to projects, and create great mobile apps within short timescales.”
Malcolm Box
CTO, Tellybug

Awards for The X Factor

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