iPhone Undisputed King of Smartphone App Mountain?

Read Write Web has posted the findings of mobile analytics firm Flurry. They break it down as follows:

  • Apps (see charts above) put the iPhone staggeringly ahead in terms of active developers, applications developed, and consumer usage. (note: lack of analytics use by BlackBerry devs likely skews those numbers).
  • Smartphones are being used more than ever
  • iPhone apps, if they're marketed effectively, are making strong development houses millions of dollars.
  • iPhone apps are becoming "hit-driven" like the music industry.
  • Free versions help sell paid apps
  • Only 10% of users update their apps (we're not sure if that's skewed by other platforms, Apple makes it simple to update).

It's important to remember that with this type of analytics, results are hyper-dependent on what's included (and what's missing) from the data set. If nothing else, however, iPhone developers are getting more attention from, and making greater use of, market analytics at the moment.

That said, anyone surprised by these numbers?

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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iPhone Undisputed King of Smartphone App Mountain?


not at all. apples the only one not playing catch up. the phone may b missing some features. but it's nothing apple can't add on with new fw.

Not surprised. You knew all about the app store when it launched in more than just internet blogs; haven't seen one story or mention of BB App World anywhere outside of internet blogs. App Store is the king and it's the crack of iPhone users.

Not shocked at all. While far from perfect, Apple has given developers the best opportunity to make money. They have delivered excellent tools to developers, continue to improve their SDK, have the original app store which makes marketing easier - especially since customers carry a version with them all the time and have a huge secret weapon. At least that's what Walt Mossberg calls the iPod Touch. It runs the same apps that the iPhone does and sells slightly more devices. That makes it a 2X market for developers - especially if they write utility, gaming or other apps that work best without a connection or can be used infrequently when the user is on a WiFi connection. And if this isn't enough they have to be comping at the bit to begin selling 3.0 versions of their programs.

I bet those findings are indeed true that more and more people are using smartphones. In fact, these has open the door for more money to be made by selling apps.