60% of developers are below the “app poverty line” earning less than $500 per app per month!

Some interesting research from VisionMobile reveals tredns and revenue opportunities based on mobile platform.  Vision Mobile has a new Developer Economics Q1 2014 report based on a survey of 7,000 app developers in 127 countries.

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As might be expected, iOS and Android are very dominant and iOS remains as top revenue earner. However, if you want apps to provide revenue, read on.

The ecosystem was worth $68 billion in 2013 and is projected to grow to $143 billion in 2016. This seems like a huge incentive for companies to take up mobile if they haven’t done so already. However, where’s the money? We are told…

“60% of developers are below the “app poverty line”, i.e. earn less than $500 per app per month”

How can this be? How can such a large, tens of billions, market result in such a low income per app? The report provides some extra insights on the revenue distribution across and within platforms…

Even on iOS, a few apps (mainly games I guess) represent the majority of the income. So why do developers continue to develop apps when they aren’t likely to make any money? The report provides some insights on developer motivations…

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