When coming up with any new idea, it’s always good to see what else is on the market first before you go trying to reinvent the wheel. That’s why, back in 2017 when we came up with the idea, we did an analysis of all the ice cream truck applications that were available. When we first had our idea about developing an ice cream truck app, there weren’t any ice cream truck apps on the market. This status has changed with time though.
For us, the process of trying to develop our app has been made more complicated because after we came up with our idea, ice cream truck apps started springing up around the internet. With each new app, we’ve watch their following rise and then fall as the users become eventually disappointed with the features and usability of the app(s).
Here at the WCT team, we don’t want to pretend that this idea isn’t out in the cosmos being actively thrown around by developers. On this page, we wanted to walk through the different ice cream truck apps that we have seen pop up. Additionally, we would like to point out why these other applications are not making the cut.
No. 1: GoSweet by ClassMade
To begin, let’s start by taking a look at GoSweet by ClassMade. Coming in with a rating that is barely over 1 star on the App Store, GoSweet is sporting fierce reviews like the following:
We were also unable to get the app working. On the Apple Store download page, GoSweet claims:
GoSweet is Uber for icecream, icee, and yoguart to get thirsty you cool down. GoSweet helps icecream truck vendors to find customers and get more orders. GoSweet links Icecream truck owners and local stores with customers.
GoSweet is a dream app for ice cream lovers and icee gourmets:
1. You can easily find nearest ice cream trucks or local ice cream stores on the map
2. You can pre-pick items you would like to order
3. You can submit icecream orders to all nearby ice cream vendors.
4. When an ice cream truck vendor arrives at your nearby/community, you will be notified by push notification with sound alert on your phone.
5. You can also easily start navigation to drive to nearest ice cream truck.
6. You can schedule a party ice cream truck visit easily.
GoSweet for icecream/icee vendors with trucks or stores:
0) Ice cream truck owners can list all product menus on the app for customers to select before truck’s arrival.
1) Ice cream truck owners can sign up vendor account easily and try the service
2) Vendors can easily find the customer order requests on the order map
3) Vendors can drive to the hot request areas with many requests
4) Vendors can call customers to confirm the order before driving to there
5) Vendors can accept customer requests for event/party visit.
6) Vendors’ app will automatically notify all nearby GoSweet users whenever they move around.
GoSweet works in all countries with Google Map service.
Being 100% honest, we believe that someone has taken our idea and knocked it off. Just take a look at the use of the English language in the opening sentence, “GoSweet is Uber for icecream, icee, and yoguart to get thirsty you cool down.” Our youngest team member is 9 and she knows yogurt isn’t spelled “yoguart” and “icecream” is two words, just saying.
So, we think someone (who didn’t know how to spell in English) decided to take our idea and “flesh” it out without understanding what we are trying to bring to the delivery of frozen treats. Additionally, we believe that when someone does a bad job at something, it is because they lack the passion required to pull the thing off. We are not lacking in the passion department!
No. 2: Ice Cream Truck Finder by Tatiana Smith
Our second app is found on Google Play for Android and is called Ice Cream Truck Finder by Tatiana Smith, and currently has a 1 star rating. The following review seems to be the consensus of everyone providing feedback:
This app seems to be a dead idea that does not provide what it claims to offer.
No. 3: Ice Cream Truck by Anastazja Bagdziun-Markacheva
This next app, conveniently titled Ice Cream Truck by Anastazja Bagdziun-Markacheva, seems to have good reviews, but it is misleading because you cannot contact a “real” ice cream truck, this is a game. This frustrating/misleading (but also somehow cool) ice cream truck app has reviews such as the following:
No. 4: Ice Cream Please by Ice Cream Please LLC
Ice Cream Please says they offer an app, but we’ve struggled to locate them on Google Play and the App Store. So, we aren’t sure if the app has been removed or whether it is still in operation. Ice Cream Please LLC states on their website:
THE ICE CREAM TRUCK APP!
Do you love ice cream but the ice cream truck never shows up when you want it. We feel your pain.
Now you can let the ice cream truck know you want your ice cream. Just open up the Ice Cream Please app, find a truck nearby on the map or list, and request a visit from your neighborhood ice cream truck. Have a party or event that would be better with an ice cream truck? Just select the number of guests, the location, and date and your ice cream truck will confirm the details through our in-app messaging tab. Hang on tight and watch on the map as the truck comes to your street.
The website has dead links (i.e. welcome package link, iOS link, Android link, etc) leaving this idea not complete and/or unusable.
In closing, as of 9/22/21 (the date of this post), there seems to be no commercially available Ice Cream Truck app on the market! This is great news because it means that the timing is right for our idea, we simply need grown-ups to also see this.
This review of our competitors fills us with hope and renews our enthusiasm about our idea!
We also wanted to make sure we put this here:
IF you want to develop an ice cream truck app, please don’t compete with us; instead, try contacting us! Let’s work together to make the perfect app! With the right attitude, we can accomplish anything together!
Get Dat Cream Kids! 🙂 😉