UPDATED: Chocolate Labs Apps, a rural Tipperary-based start-up founded by a local girl, Elaine Heney, so she could work from home and spend some time with her horse, has seen its latest app Nature Sounds go to No 1 in nine countries.
The app, which uses long loop technology, helps iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners fall asleep and relax to more than 60 natural sounds, from falling rain to the sound of the oceans.
Heney revealed that the app is No 1 today in Japan, Poland, Thailand, Taiwan, Hungary, Malaysia, Portugal, Ecuador and the Philippines.
“This means that since Chocolate Lab Apps started last May we have now got No 1 iPhone and iPad apps in 20 countries. A big milestone,” Heney said.
She added: “ I started this business mainly so I could work from home and daft as it might seem, bring on my horse.”
We first wrote about Chocolate Lab Apps in September, when it emerged that the start-up’s Palm Reading Booth app stormed the App Store best-seller charts in a number of countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Over the summer months Heney published some 15 apps from finance to health and lifestyle.
An overnight update from Elaine: “We’re now No 1 medical app in 23 countries since yesterday, and since we started last May have got number #1s in 30 countries on iTunes….!! And we’re now #3 in the US app store for medical apps!!!”