First there was “an app for that.” Then came an “app economy” for all those millions of new apps. What might have originated as IT catchphrases has morphed into a very real phenomenon for businesses and consumers alike. How real? How big? Rewrite pored through some of the latest analyst reports, industry surveys and forecasts, and put together a list of the most relevant statistics that show how and why the world of mobile apps is indeed starting to shape the future of business.
1. Market Size and Forecasts
First came app adoption. Now app revenue is taking off, and with global implications.
- 2 billion: Number of global smartphone users in 2015
- 180 billion: Number of global app downloads expected in 2015
- $10 billion: Mobile app revenue generated by the iOS App Store in 2014
- $77 billion: Annual worldwide app revenue projected by 2017
- $143 billion: Estimated total market size for mobile apps by 2016
2. Enterprise Growth and Impact
Enterprises today are taking a mobile-first approach, from capital investments and acquisitions to product development and workforce planning.
- 25: Percentage of enterprise IT budgets invested in mobile app development by 2017
- 63: Percentage of enterprise leaders who have invested in app development over the past year
- 35: Percentage of enterprise organizations that will develop their own apps in 2015
- 400: Percentage growth in number of enterprise software applications that will be mobile-optimized by 2016
- 52: Percentage of large-scale enterprises that have acquired or plan to acquire outside firms for mobile app development capabilities
3. Hiring and Career Trends
App development is one of the hottest growth categories in the U.S. labor market, with enviable income growth to match.
- 627,000: Number of U.S. jobs created by the iOS App Store to date
- 110: Percentage job growth for Android developers between 2012 and 2014
- 54: Percentage job growth for iOS developers between 2012 and 2014
- 43: Percentage of enterprise app developers who currently earn at least $120,000 per year
- 19: Percentage of consumer app developers who earn the same
TOP SOURCES: Apple Inc., CA Technologies, Emarketer.com, Enterprise Mobility Exchange, Gartner Inc., International Data Corp., Mashable, VisionMobile