Mobile applications have become very popular with all ages and categories of people across the globe. The word “app” was listed as the “Word of the Year” in 2010 by American Dialect Society. Among the popular App stores, Apple App Store grabs the top most position with total available apps of around 850,000 and 50 billion total downloads.
Following the list are Amazon appstore with 75,000 apps, BlackBerry App World with 120,000 total apps, Google Play with 800,000+ apps, Nokia Store with 365 million apps, Microsoft Windows Phone Store with 145,000 apps and Samsung Apps with 13,000 apps.
On the basis of the market share and approach to the monetization, ABI Research (2013) has ranked Apple as the number 1 apps store followed by Google at number 2 and Microsoft at number 3. Wide variety of mobile apps are available among which the most popular ones are for games that accounts for total of 33%. Widgets hold 8%, Entertainment 7% and Social 5%.
There are various messaging apps used all over the world and among all, the top most position is taken by Facebook Messenger with 700 million users. WeChat has around 300 million users, What’sApp 200 million, Viber 175 million, Line 100 million and BBM 60 Million.
The direct revenue from the sales of apps in the year 2011 was around $7.3 Billion which is expected to reach the figure of $36.7 Billion by the year 2015.
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