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App Store Reports
This monthly report is provided courtesy of WIP, and is based on the entries from the WIP App(lication) Store Catalog, the leading resource listing app(lication) stores for mobile developers.
Editor’s Note: Just after the June Report was published, we here at WIP received a letter from Apple’s lawyers. Apple has trademarked, or has filed for trademarks for, the term “app store” in the US, Canada and several other countries. Based on its US trademark -- which is being challenged by Amazon, Microsoft and several other companies -- Apple has demanded that we cease and desist calling this...
The July edition of the WIP App(lication) Store Report is out, and this month, we take a look at what's changed -- and what hasn't -- from the days when operator content decks dominated mobile content distribution. Download the full PDF for a printable version of our App(lication) Store Catalog, including the analysis below.
Editor’s Note: Just after last month’s Report was published, we here at WIP received a letter from Apple’s lawyers. Apple has trademarked, or has filed for trademarks for, the term “app store” in the US, Canada and several other countries. Based on its US trademark --...
In this month's WIP App Store Report, we take a look at the thorny issue of app store return policies, and how they could affect developers, and could be improved to help both developers and consumers to lead to a better retail environment and increased sales.
Since the beginning of 2011, more than 150,000 apps have been added to the 5 major platform app stores. Each of these stores has different policies regarding consumer returns and refunds, generally due to technical difficulties or because an app did not live up to the consumer’s expectations.
These return policies can be both good...
The May edition of the WIP App Store Report is now available. The App Store Report is a PDF version of our App Store Catalog, the most comprehensive online list of mobile app stores. It also features some additional analysis and commentary, reproduced here. This month, we take a look at HTML5 apps and some of the issues surrounding their development and distribution.
There is a growing swell of interest and support -- and hype -- behind HTML5 for mobile developers. This is largely driven by three factors:
Technical additions to the HTML standard that increase its functionality closer
The April edition of the WIP App Store Report is now available. The Report is a PDF version of a set of the data contained in our App Store Catalog here on the WIP site, along with some additional commentary in to the world of app stores. This month, we take a look at the interest that's sprouting around in-app purchases, seen by many as a big hope for developers to create solid app revenues.
As app stores mature and become more crowded, there’s a race to the bottom for prices of many mobile apps. While some premium games and branded apps are able to hold their purchase prices up...
This month's WIP App Store Report, a PDF version of our App Store Catalog, is out. Grab the download for a summary of information on the app stores in the catalog, and some added analysis. This month, we wonder if the growth in the number of app stores has peaked.
You might have noticed some of the big news from the mobile industry during February: Nokia’s new partnership with Micro- soft, or perhaps something from the big Mobile World Congress confab in Barcelona. But you probably didn’t notice another significant piece of news: the number of stores in the WIP App Store Catalog held...
The February edition of the WIP App Store Report is now available, and this month it takes a look at two key issues pertaining to app stores for developers: reach and submissions. Reach is important for pretty obvious reasons: scale drives downloads (in most cases). But reach is just one part of the equation developers should use when determining which stores to target, since submission of apps can become a major timesink.
The problem here is twofold: accurate information on reach is difficult to come by, and the differences in submission from store to store are, often, pointless and do...
Thanks to the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holidays, we're on a slightly accelerated schedule with the latest WIP App Store Report, a monthly report based on our App Store Catalog, the most comprehensive collection of information on mobile app stores available -- so think of this as an early present!
The number of stores in the catalog grew by only one during the month, edging up to 110 now. But it's the growth during the year that we want to focus on. As you can see from the chart above, one year ago, the WIP App Store Catalog featured just 32 stores; since then, it has more than...
Note: We are making some changes to the WIP App Store Catalog, and the monthly App Store Report, based on feedback from our community members to make it even more useful and accurate. Be sure to stay tuned for the January report to see the changes, and leave any of your thoughts or feedback in the comments below.
In the early days of the app store phenomenon, most...
The latest edition of the WIP App Store Report is now available for download. It's a PDF version of the listings from our App Store Catalog, and also features some current analysis on the app store market.
This month, the Catalog passed a significant milestone: the 100-store mark. While growth in the number of app stores has slowed somewhat in the second half of the year, the numbers are still swelling, with more and more stores competing for developer attention and consumer eyeballs. But how many app stores do we really need? There are already plenty of them, in some sense -- but many of...
We released the latest edition of the WIP App Store Report last week, and in it, we take a closer look at the role aggregators are playing in driving up the number of app stores in the marketplace. We counted 94 app stores when we released the report, but the number in the wiki has already grown by one!
Aggregators play a huge role in the marketplace by supporting app store providers with a number of different models and services. From offering affiliate-based white-label web sites to end-to-end developer support and delivery, there's an aggregation model to suit almost anybody who...
The latest edition of the WIP App Store Report is now available for download. It's a PDF version of our App Store Wiki, the most comprehensive listing of mobile app stores available. This month, the report takes a look at the various end-user payment methods supported by stores in the wiki, and some of the issues they present to mobile developers. While there is a lot of buzz surrounding operator billing and BOBO, credit cards still lead the way, despite the shortcomings in user experience they can create.
Be sure to download the August report for more info, and to check out the details...
The July edition of the WIP App Store Report is now available for download. Based on data from the WIP App Store Wiki, the report this month takes a look at the growth over time of the number of app stores in the mobile ecosystem. The wiki now tracks 79 app stores; while that's up just 2 from June, it brings the total number of stores launched during the first half of the year to 36. So can we expect the number of launches to continue to grow so rapidly? Check out the report to find out our predictions.
The May edition of the WIP App Store Report is now available for download. The WIP App Store Wiki now lists 75 stores, up from 68 in April. The new entrants included:
The announcement of the TomTom App Store, which will sell apps for the company's new PNDs running a WebKit-based platform, brought up an interesting trend: we're starting to see more and more App Stores for devices that aren't phones (at least not in the traditional sense), but are open to mobile developers. For...