Developer Economics Q1 2014

The 6th edition of our ongoing Developer Economics series presents the latest trends in app development, based on our survey of over 7,000 developers. The report features in-depth analysis and insights into the key issues in the app economy, including platform prioritisation, going beyond tablets, trending revenue models, and making the right choices in developer tools.

The State of the Developer Nation report contains data and insights on the leading mobile platforms (Android, BlackBerry 10, HTML5, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 8), comparing them across key metrics, such as Developer Mindshare, revenue opportunities, prioritisation across regions, adoption criteria, use of third-party tools, and most popular app revenue models.

Sample insights:

  • Android continues to dominate Developer Mindshare with 71% of developers that target mobile platforms developing for Android.
  • 37% of mobile developers use HTML5 as a platform, i.e. to develop mobile websites, or web-apps.
  • iOS commands the most loyal developers with 59% of developers that target iOS prioritising it over any other platform
  • Tablets attract 83% of app developers but just 12% of developers target tablets as their primary development screen.
  • 60% of developers are below the “app poverty line”, i.e. earn less than $500 per app per month, according to the latest Developer Economics survey.
  • Contract development is now the most popular revenue model, with 26% of app developers now developing apps on commission

Research partners
Intel
Mozilla
Regional partners
appbackr
Appclub
Apps4all
CSDN
Enough software
IT master
Maysalward
MobiAd
Silex labs
Vodafone developer
Wireless Industry Partnership
Media Partners
Appcampus
App developer magazine
Application developers alliance
Appery.io
Appies
Apps fire
Appnique
Blackberry
Bongo Hive
Bugsense
Buzinga
Canonical
Chupa mobile
Cloudmine
Codename One
CodeNGo
Corona labs
Cute hacks
DevLab
Distimo
Dzone
Golden Gekko
HasGeek
International Game Developers Association
iHub Research
InfoQ
Inneractive
Kony
Liquid state
Marmalade
Mobile Technology Association of Michigan
Mob4hire
Mobile time
Mobile Zeitgeist
Mobile Monday
Asial Monaca
University of Nairobi (Kenya)
Pinoybbdev
Pivot point research
RunRev
Samsung developer
Services mobiles
Sony
Sponsor Pay
Symbiotic
Technode
Tropo
Twilio
W3C
Windows Phone user group
XDA developers

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