Smart move: Revenue grows as more businesses outsource app development to industry players

IBISWorld’s Smartphone App Developers market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increased smartphone penetration and 4G network expansion will improve access to smartphone apps
  • The relative ease of developing apps has attracted many players to the industry
  • Many industry players are likely to shift to subscription-based business models

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The 2007 launch of the Apple iPhone spearheaded the smartphone revolution and provided significant opportunities for the Smartphone App Developers industry. Smartphone penetration has continued to trend upwards over the past five years, with these devices fast becoming indispensable for most of the population. As consumers use their smartphones for a variety of tasks, the popularity of apps has soared as they replace mobile web browsing and other forms of portable gaming. Industry revenue is projected to rise at an annualised 13.0% over the five years through 2017-18, to $1.7 billion. Industry revenue is expected to rise by 10.5% in the current year as more businesses outsource mobile app development to industry players...

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    What is the Smartphone App Developers industry?

    The Smartphone App Developers industry exhibits moderate barriers to entry. Although minimal computer equipment and software are required to operate in the industry, operators need to have a portfolio of past projects to exhibit their competence in app development to clients. The industry’s major companies and most successful players have built on existing networks to secure app development contracts. This also means that skill and knowledge is crucial to ensure sustained growth in this increasingly competitive market.

    Even though capital costs may not be prohibitive, the risk of failure is high primarily due to a large number of apps developed daily. Ins...

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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

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Company's product is user/consumer friendly
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Mobile telecommunications density and Demand from online shopping in the Smartphone App Developers industry impact industry performance..

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    Products & Brands

    Major products in this industry
    Game apps
    Entertainment apps
    Organisational apps
    Other apps

    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
  • Mobile telecommunications density
  • Demand from online shopping
  • Internet connections
  • Number of businesses

  • Current Performance
  • App introduction
  • Smartphone penetration
  • Global marketplace
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry structure
  • App developments
  • 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
  • Retail Trade
  • Financial and Insurance Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer and Software Retailing
  • Data Storage Services
  • Internet Service Providers
  • Market Research and Statistical Services

  • Products & Services
  • Other apps
  • Game apps
  • Organisational apps
  • Entertainment apps
  • Chart: Smartphone App Developers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Individuals
  • Online-only businesses
  • Governments
  • 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
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Smartphone App Developers

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    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
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Augmented Reality
  • The integration of digital information with a user's environment in real time. Augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information (including 3D models) on top of it.
  • Freemium
  • A pricing strategy in which a smartphone 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.
  • Smartphone
  • A mobile phone device that offers significantly more advanced connectivity and computing functions than traditional mobile phones.
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