“Palm (and other smart phone players such as RIM, Nokia and Microsoft) are likely to fall even farther behind in the app war in the months ahead,” Peter Burrows reports for BusinessWeek. “For starters, there’s little evidence that any of the new App Store openings from these companies has slowed the meteoric growth of Apple’s App Store in recent weeks. Who knows what numbers Apple will announce at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week? Last time it released new data a few months ago, the company said that 35,000 programs had been downloaded more than one billion times. Anyone want to take a guess at the new numbers, come Monday? How about 50,000 and 1.2 billion?”
“More important, I think this up-and-to-the-right trend line is going to get even steeper in the months ahead. That’s because the software upgrade of the iPhone, dubbed iPhone 3.0, that is due out later this summer will include new ways for developers to make money,” Burrows reports.
“With iPhone 3.0, developers will be able to crank up their ARPU, by building recurring revenue streams via subscriptions and what’s known as in-app commerce,” Burrows reports. “This is a very big deal.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]