The State of the App Stores: Q1 2014

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by

App Annie has just released their quarterly app intelligence report which tracks trends across the mobile app industry. Although there haven’t been any dramatic changes in the app industry from last quarter, there are still some important things that app developers should know, especially in regards to which countries are important to target:


Google Play Leads Downloads:


In terms of downloads, Google Play outpaces the iOS App Store by 45% (up 35% from last quarter). Google Play has consistently had more downloads than the App Store for a few months now, but it is worth nothing where these downloads are coming from.


The largest download growth was seen in Russia, Brazil, and Mexico, with Mexico seeing the most dramatic growth. The Mexican mobile market grew by 75% in 2013, and it is expected to grow 40% in 2014. So far, 65% of all mobile growth in Mexico has been on Android-powered devices.

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Updates from Google and Apple: What Developers Can Expect

Posted on March 18th, 2014 by

There have been rumors as well as public announcements from both Apple and Google over the past few days. For Apple, rumors have been circling almost non-stop about iOS 8, the new update to Apple’s mobile operating system. On Google’s front, the company just announced some major updates for Google Play game services ahead of the Game Developers Conference this week.


What iOS Devs Should Watch Out For:


Though the official announcement of iOS 8 is still months away (it is rumored to be released around the time of Apple’s developer conference), it doesn’t stop the internet from speculating about what iOS 8 will change from iOS 7. In addition to increased speed and stability, here are a few proposed updates:

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Submitting an App to the App Store: A Checklist

Posted on March 14th, 2014 by

Because of review and approval processes, adding an app to the Apple App Store can be a bit more complicated than uploading an app to the Google Play Store. Below is a simple checklist of things you should have ready before uploading:


1. Set up your account


You’ll need to be enrolled in the iOS Developer Program. For a fee of $99/year, you have access to the iOS Dev Center, app testing services, and distribution services via the App Store.


Consider creating a developer account before you even start developing your app. After filling out and agreeing to Apple’s contracts and submitting your bank and tax information, you will have to wait a few weeks to have your contracts approved by Apple


Keep in mind that company accounts will require a D-U-N-S number. More info on the D-U-N-S number and how to get one can be found here

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Top 4 Problems When Developing for iOS (And How To Conquer Them)

Posted on February 14th, 2014 by
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A few months back, we wrote a blog post about the top 4 problems for Android developers. This time around, we wanted to highlight some of the difficulties that freshman app developers encounter when developing for Apple’s iOS platform, along with some tips on how to conquer them!


iOS Developer Portal


The iOS developer portal comes with a steep learning curve. To save yourself some time during the development process, explore the developer portal and familiarize yourself with the tools and the publishing process . It’ll get easier after you have used it a few times!

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The State of Mobile

Posted on January 31st, 2014 by

The mobile world eagerly awaited the industry reports which were released this week. Now that the numbers are finally in, let’s take a look at the data that is most important for app developers to know as 2014 continues.


Who Runs the World? Android


This may not be a surprise for most, but Android dominated the global smartphone market share in 2013 with 78.9% of all global phone shipments, shipping 4 times as much as Apple and Windows combined. Apple’s iOS was in a distant second with 15.5% of the global market share, down over 4% since 2012. Windows Phone continued to grow, with 3.6% of the market share.

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Guest Post: 5 Must-Have Productivity Apps for Your Android or iPhone

Posted on January 28th, 2014 by

By Guest Author James Clark:


Today’s fast paced life would be quite a mess if not for the smart devices that have taken over some of the tasks that would otherwise have been difficult to keep track of. Take, for example, an office worker or a businessman who is a frequent traveler. For him, managing a schedule and perusing documents are the things that he has to do while on the road or in the air. Here we have listed 5 must-have productivity apps that such a user can take advantage of to do their work more efficiently on Android or iPhone.


To-do lists and calendars:




There are many to-do lists apps but barely any is equal to Any.Do in terms of simplicity, functionality and versatility. Along with its sister calendaring app, Any.Do is a choice that you will never go wrong with. The app is designed to make the whole process a simple and straightforward one. You can create or dictate to-do lists, and set time and location reminders. And the fact that the app is free on both platforms makes it an even more compelling choice.

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2013: The Year of the App in Review

Posted on January 10th, 2014 by

2013 was a record year for the mobile app industry. As mobile phones continue to spread around the world, apps are being downloaded more frequently and used more often. The two biggest app stores at the moment are still the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, and each app store paints a pretty awesome picture about the future of the mobile app industry. Below are some interesting numbers and trends about each app store that mobile app developers should keep an eye on as 2014 kicks off:


App Store v. Google Play


Both popular app stores broke records last year and continued to establish themselves as the two most important app stores on the mobile market. Over the past 6 months, the combined revenue of the two major app stores grew by an amazing 21 percent. This increase in revenue comes even as each app store is embracing free apps. The percentage of free apps on each app store is about the same at above 90 percent. Mobile games and in-app purchasing have replaced the need for paid apps. In 2012, each app store made a large portion of its respective revenue from in-app purchases.

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A Look Ahead: Mobile Trends for 2014

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by

In the year 2013, we saw several mobile markets mature such as smartphones and tablets. In addition, we saw other markets emerge such as wearables and other “internet of things” technologies like smart cars and smart homes. Now that the year 2014 is upon us, we are taking a look back at the big trends of 2013 and how they will fare in 2014 and beyond.


First for some general trends:


In 2014, PC sales will continue to drop as smartphones and tablets become more universal. Smartphone sales are expected to grow by 12% in 2014, and tablets are expected to grow by 18%.


Revenues from the app market are also expected to explode, and most of that revenue is expected to come from free apps. In-app purchases will continue to drive huge sales for developers, especially as mobile payment systems become more advanced and localization technologies are perfected. In addition, mobile advertising is expected to boom in 2014, with mobile ad spend set to reach $20.3 billion USD. Most of that growth will come from rich media as microvideo ads will soon replace static banner advertisements.

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Our Top Ten Most Popular Posts from 2013

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by

We looked through our data from this year to see which blog posts our readers liked the best. Below are the top 10 most popular blog posts in 2013, ranked from least popular to the most popular.


Android, iOS, or Windows Phone?


In this post, we outlined the pros and cons of developing for each of the top 3 operating systems. What did we learn? The growth of Android is impossible to stop, but developers still have a difficult time earning money. Apple is losing chunks of the market share each quarter, but still pays a lot of money to developers. Windows Phone is in a very, very distant third place but has a promising future.

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The 2013 Holiday Season By The Numbers

Posted on December 31st, 2013 by

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, the holiday season is the prime season for the mobile economy and for app developers. The 2013 holiday season was no different as app downloads broke records yet again, and activity on mobile jumped to new highs. Here are a few takeaways from Holiday 2013:


Apple v. Android:


The first important trend occurred in the realm of mobile retail shopping. In terms of holiday spending, Apple users completely outspend their Android counterparts: $93.94 per order versus $48.10. Over 29% of all online sales (and 48% of ALL online traffic) on Christmas Day came from mobile devices, with Apple commanding 23% of that total. You may notice this trend followed what we saw during Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year.

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