September saw the Andoid Market pass half a million published apps according to mobile app market intelligence firm research2guidance, but they pointed out that 37% of apps have been removed for various reasons.
The Apple App Store has had over 600,000 apps published to date with 24% of apps having been removed.
This is a very interesting metric from David Barnard, founder of App Cubby: developers who build and sell apps for Apple’s iOS platform will collectively earn more money over the next year than Google will earn from its entire mobile business.
Google expect to earn $2.5 billion
Apple will pay app publishers $2 billion
Include third party ad revenue from the likes of AdMob and indie app developers will make more than $2.5 billion
The latest report is available from Distimo and it is essential reading!
The major findings are:
iOS downloads in Asia grew significantly in the past six months but downloads in Western countries decreased during the same period. China recently became the second largest market after the United States.
South Korea downloads is remarkably high despite the relative small size of the country’s population. Moreover, because the Games category is absent in the South Korea Apple App Store, all downloads are allocated to non-Games, while in other countries the Games category is without exception, the largest. This makes South Korea an especially interesting country for publishers and developers in the non-Games categories.
Asia downloads increased in general, however, the proportion of paid downloads and the overall revenue still lag behind that of the United States and Europe. Moreover, while in-app purchases became an important monetization method over the last year in many countries, it has not yet in Asia. Thus, developers have to look for other ways of monetization such as advertising.
A comparison of the most popular categories between the United States and Asia revealed that there are no significant differences between content preferences. Hence, developers could offer the same type of apps in both Asia and the United States.
Most of the popular iOS apps in Asia are only popular in Asia, but in some Asian countries worldwide popular apps prevail. Examples of regional popular only content are KungFu Food-Panda, and Birzzle. In general, localization appears to be key to becoming popular especially when considering countries like China, South Korea, and Japan. In countries like India and Indonesia, localization appears to be less important.
Here’s hoping that, as we put the MENA region on the map, Distimo will start providing some useful insight for our region
Our friends at SAE Institute have kindly offered 2 free places on their one day iPhone app development training on 4th June.
During this One-Day training you will:
Learn the fundamentals of Objective-C programming.
Learn how to use the Xcode IDE.
Be taught how to make different view/window/tab bar/etc based applications.
Learn how to work with table views.
Learn how to access Accelometer to recognize device’s orientation.
Learn how to use image views to make image galleries.
Learn how to pack your applications and send it to App Store.
Be introduced to marketing tools for iPhone applications.
Be introduced to alternative iPhone/mobile application development platforms.
Be introduced to iPhone application development industry and its potentials.
AED 500 online registration (Inc free software installation + snacks, coffee and lunch).
(Registering for iPhone shortcourse during the one day training will waive AED 1,500 off the course’s fee).
Arab Business Machine (ABM), the Apple Authorised Distributor, are running an iOS app development course from 29th May to 2nd June at Zayed University’s Media City Campus in Dubai. This is a special, invitation only, event and ABM have offered 2 places for free to AppsArabia.
I think it is only right that I offer these places to local iOS app developers who are active AppsArabia members … and the fairest way to do this is via a mini competition
we must receive your email no later than midnight on Monday 23rd May
Obviously, we’re keen for you to use your app development skills to actually build apps, perhaps funded by AppsArabia?
The trainer will be coming from Atlanta’s Big Nerd Ranch Co., a company that works closely with Apple (and previously NEXT).
You will learn how to …
create iPhone applications that use Core Location (GPS, Cell Tower Triangulation, Wifi Access Point Location) to pinpoint a user’s location
localize applications for international use
swap out different interfaces (windows) with animation
display data in tables
create applications that can record audio and play short sounds and full audio files
store data as files or SQLite databases
handle warnings from the phone so applications don’t get shut down
handle touch and complex multi-touch sequences
draw with Core Graphics
animate user interfaces with Core Animation
create an application that can access the user’s photos or use the camera to take new photos for use within the application
use the accelerometer to detect changes in the device’s orientation
pull data from a web service for use in an application
create applications that access and modify the user’s Address Book through a standard or customized interface
maintain a preference file for an application
use Instruments to profile an application
ABM is the Apple Authorised Distributor in the region and one of the very few companies that are able to provide such courses. This is a wonderful opportunity – you’ll learn new skills and how to improve your existing development talents.
Many thanks to our friends at ABM and Apple for providing us with this opportunity!
Via cnet News I spotted this report from IHS iSuppli which tells us that combined revenues from the four major mobile application stores (Apple App Store, Google’s Android Market, Nokia’s Ovi Store and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry App World) will leap nearly 78% in 2011 to $3.8 billion, with the Apple App Store projected to achieve 75% of the total market.
Do you have anything to add? Please join in the dialogue by posting your comments.
UPDATE: Research in Motion have recently announced that BlackBerry App World will be coming to the MENA region. Hooray! So there are now three viable platforms in this region … AppsArabia will consider investing in app projects for Nokia, Apple or BlackBerry.