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IBISWorld’s Smartphone App Developers Industry Research Report offers insight into the market at the national level. Our analysis highlights macro trends in the overall sector and the micro trends faced by companies that do business in the Smartphone App Developers industry. Our five-year outlook forecasts explain how the market is set to change and the product segments that will drive growth.

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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • With an increasing number of mobile internet connections, the number of industry developers has been growing rapidly
  • Mobile app revenue stems from paid-for apps, advertising and in-app purchases
  • Some app developers are using third-party app developers to boost revenue

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The releases of the Apple iPhone and Google's Android have jump-started a practically nonexistent industry of smartphone app developers. The smartphone's instant popularity and high adoption rate stimulated developers to quickly introduce fans of this new device to its full capabilities and superior functionality by offering gaming, entertainment, productivity, lifestyle and social apps. In the coming years, developers will likely struggle to satisfy the digital consumer. Developers are expected to increasingly rely on the development of native apps that are integrated with smartphone operating systems and accessed through icons on the device's home screen; consequently, they will rely less on the development of web apps...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    Capital intensity in the Smartphone App Developers industry is low. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on wages in 2016, the industry will allocate $0.06 for capital investment. The industry’s level of capital intensity has remained stable during the five-year period.

    Because app development relies on programmers to create and maintain app infrastructure, at 33.2% of revenue, labor costs accounts for the largest percentage of industry revenue. Industry employees often have undergraduate and advanced degrees in computer science and are often trained in a number of programming languages, such as Java, C, C++, Python and Ruby, among many others. As ..

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    Additional Insights for the Smartphone App Developers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Smartphone App Developers Industry are

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Company's product is user friendly
  • Product is sold at high profile outlets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of mobile internet connections and Percentage of services conducted online in the Smartphone App Developers industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Smartphone App Developers Industry?

    This industry develops and publishes applications for smartphones. Apps are typically sold in a special “app store” that can be accessed through the device.

    Industry Products
    Games
    News apps
    Entertainment apps
    Social networking and messaging apps
    Other apps
    Industry Activities
    Smartphone app creation and submission
    Smartphone app development
    Smartphone script and code writing for external clients
    Smartphone design and user-interface consultation for external clients

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of mobile internet connections
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Time spent on leisure and sports

  • Current Performance
  • The smartphone era
  • Show me the money
  • Intense competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Responding to competition
  • The land of the freemium
  • Targeting and satisfying the digital consumer
  • Table: Smartphone App Developers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Smartphone App Developers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling
  • Internet Publishing and Broadcasting
  • IT Consulting
  • Market Research

  • Products & Services
  • Social networking and messaging apps
  • Other apps
  • Entertainment apps
  • Games
  • News apps
  • Chart: Smartphone App Developers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Price
  • Smartphone penetration
  • Services conducted online

  • Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 18 to 29
  • Consumers aged 30 to 49
  • Consumers aged 50 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Smartphone App Developers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesOther expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Smartphone App Developers

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Smartphone App Developers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    FacebookTwitterKing Digital Entertainment PLC
  • Table: Facebook - financial performance
  • Table: Twitter - financial performance
  • Table: King Digital Entertainment PLC - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Smartphone App Developers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Smartphone App Developers Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Number of mobile internet connections (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Freemium
  • A pricing strategy in which a mobile app is available for free and advanced features and functionality are acquired as in-app purchases.
  • In-App Purchases
  • In-app purchases refer to the consumer purchases made whilst running the app. In-app purchases typically unlock additional content or features.
  • Native App
  • An application program that has been developed for use on a particular platform or device.
  • Splash Screen
  • Splash screens are images that appear while apps are loading.
  • Web App
  • An application program that is stored on a remote server and delivered over the internet through a browser interface.
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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    The Smartphone App Developers market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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