The numbers regarding the smartphone applications market are impressive: Global app download numbers increased by 1700%, user base by 1300%, number of different smart devices by 800%, number of apps by 500% and even app store number increased by 300% in the first 3 years.
With application numbers increasing by almost 100.000 apps per quarter on all major app stores the competition level in a category and platform can change over night, which has an immediate impact on download numbers. Compared to these trends user behavior and demographics in terms of age, gender, usage time, downloads etc. has not changed so quickly over the last three years but will do when applications are proliferating into the mass market. There will be substantial differences per country and platform any company should be aware of, when formulating their application strategy.
Apple dominated the years 2008 and 2009. Since 2010 the hype moved over to Android. With the partnership of Microsoft and Nokia, this might change again as deteriorating average application download numbers on the Android platform will make developers shift again their priorities. What will be the most promising application types and categories will be the next big question.
When looking at the initial phases of other markets, companies really had a lot of time to decide on if, how and when to enter the market. It seems that industry cycles become shorter and shorter and the ability of a company to react very quickly becomes even more important. To stay updated on current trends subscribe to our new “Smartphone App Market Monitor”. This monitoring subscription service will be updated every quarter. Benefit from the intro offer, which saves you 20% until 31st of March.
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