The digital content market surged 30 percent between 2012 and 2013, with apps driving much of the growth, according to a report from IHS and App Annie. The joint research study also looked across digital games, music and movies and found that overall consumer spending on mobile apps jumped 2.3x year-over-year.
There was a time when developers might have been envious of Instagram and its history-making acquisition by Facebook, but Facebook's recent $16 billion purchase of WhatsApp has raised the stakes even higher.
It's all fun and apps until consumers get a look at their data usage on a phone bill--but Google may be changing that.
While social media industry pundits were pondering the implications of Facebook launching Instagram Direct, app developers on Twitter immediately formed a hypothesis of their own about the strategy.
Being No. 5 usually isn't something to brag about, but in an area as crowded as the app store market, Opera says it has reasons for developers to reconsider it as a source of distribution, monetization and more. Late last month the Norwegian mobile browser firm reported that its Opera Mobile store has tripled in size over the past year.
Microsoft's corporate VP of communications managed to generate more reaction than anything the company launched last week when he penned a blog post in reaction to Apple's decision to drop fees for its iWork suite of apps.
Apple's App Store is still the place where developers go to make money from downloads, but it may not be too long before Twitter is the place they go for in-app advertising.
The world will be watching Apple and its plans for the mobile market this week, but the competition from Google continues to come on all fronts, according to a recent report from comScore. The company released data from its MobiLens and Mobile Metrix products for July 2013 showing a variety of trends around smartphone adoption, platforms and top apps.
Mobile apps are alive and well even as tablet marketshare shifts, according to Jumptap. The audience measurement software provider's latest MobileSTAT report for August mines large quantities of network data to identify targeting and audience trends.
Consumers show their preferences by what they download from app stores, but what resonates with other developers is not always as easy to identify. With that in mind, FierceDeveloper recently reached out to entrepreneurs across the country and asked them to pick a few titles that set the standard for excellence. This is what they told us.