App Store, Android Market spur explosive app download growth

Researcher In-Stat projects 48 billion app downloads by 2015 generating more than $US29 billion in app revenue

Thanks to Apple's App Store, Google's Android Market and a number of smaller online stores, the explosive growth of mobile application downloads continues.

Researcher In-Stat, in fact, projects some 48 billion mobile application downloads by 2015.

In-Stat said the rate of downloads has increased as the market for apps has become flooded. Apple's three-year-old App Store, for instance, now offers more than 425,000 apps while Android Market offers more than 200,000.

In-Stat didn't specify its projected annual rate of increase in mobile app downloads, or offer historical figures.

However Juniper Research said there were only 2.6 billion smartphone app downloads in 2009. And Juniper predicted a year ago that there would be 25 billion smartphone app downloads by 2015.

Apple's App Store is a big reason for the explosive growth of app downloads.

Apple said in July that more than 15 billion App Store apps had been downloaded to 200 million iPhones, iPads and iPod touches over the past three years.

By comparison, Google recently claimed 4.5 billion app downloads from its Android Market.

Philip Schiller, head of Apple product marketing, has said that Apple alone has paid out some $2.5 billion to app developers over the last three years.

The developers receive 70 per cent of the purchase price of their apps sold on the Apple site. Apple's revenue from the site was $1.1 billion through the period, meaning that the App Store has generated some $3.6 billion in overall revenue through mid-2011.

In-Stat forecast that overall app download revenues will surpass $29 billion in 2015.

"Largely spurred by the launch of the iPhone, mobile applications have been a strong growth market over the past several years," said Amy Cravens, an In-Stat analyst. "The number of apps available has exploded, which has sparked an increasing rate of downloads."

She said the challenge for developers and app stores will be to compete across multiple mobile platforms.

In-Stat added that the explosive growth of app downloads will keep pressure on them to keep prices low, or even to offer free products. Users now pay an average of $2.50 for a mobile app, the research firm reported.

In-Stat said the spread of smartphones is also boosting app downloads. Smartphones made up one-fourth of all cellular phone shipments in 2010. That number is projected to jump to 45 per cent in 2015, the company said.

Nearly half of all app downloads are now done over Wi-Fi, In-Stat said.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

Read more about mobile apps and services in Computerworld's Mobile Apps and Services Topic Center.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphonesGoogleAppleconsumer electronicsIn-StatMobile and WirelessMobile Apps and ServicesJuniper Research

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Hamblen

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?