Gartner: Apple owns mobile apps market with 99.4% share

“The latest report from market research firm Gartner suggests that mobile apps are big business, and that business should only grow in the next few years,” Chris Foresman reports for Ars Technica. “According to Gartner’s numbers, Apple completely owns this market, grabbing almost every one of the 4.2 billion dollars spent on mobile apps in 2009.”

“Apple first opened the App Store in July 2008, along with the launch of the iPhone 3G and the release of iPhone OS 2.0. Sales were brisk, with 300 million apps sold by December. After the holidays, that number had jumped to 500 million,” Foresman reports. “Earlier this month, Apple announced that sales had topped 3 billion; that means iPhone users downloaded 2.5 billion apps in 2009 alone.”

Foresman reports, “Gartner’s figures show another 16 million apps that could come from other platform’s recently opened app stores, giving Apple at least 99.4 percent of all mobile apps sold for the year.”

“Gartner’s predictions for 2010 are 4.5 billion apps sold, for a total of $6.8 billion in revenue. If Apple can merely maintain its current rate of about a quarter billion app sales per month, it stands to be responsible for 3 billion apps sales—67 percent—good for $4.5 billion in revenue. Apple’s cut would be $1.35 billion, with developers taking the remainder. However, as Apple gains more users from sales of new iPhone models and possibly from an expected tablet, Apple could get an even larger share of the mobile app market,” Foresman reports. “Predictions for 2013, just a few years away, are even bigger—21.6 billion apps sold for a total of $29.5 billion revenue.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Bloodbath.


  1. @MDN Take

    It’s not a bloodbath if your competitors are dried husks and former shadows. Then it’s more of a dust storm. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. After creating the eco-system optimized to their products, how can anyone else copying said system expect to make a quick dent into that system?

    As I understand it, all the other wannabe smartphones have barely enough memory or processing capacity to utilise apps to the max like the iPhone and iPod Touch do negating the hope of gaining developer traction.

    This reminds me…Developers, developers, developers, developers! He was right on the money with that chant, wasn’t he?

  3. “Smartphones had the Internet and browsers for many years, but nobody got it right until Apple delivered the iPhone,” said Kim, who heads a business at Intel that develops consumer- electronics chips. “After that, the rest was history.”

  4. Pity the fool who thinks that by following righteous dogma he does what is right for peddlars of said dogma.

    If I am working, I have medical coverage, paid for by an insurance company. The insurance company uses money collected in part from the company employing me, by my pay packet and by the state. If my condition returns, I find that I am no longer eligible for insurance for that condition because of the clause that protects the insurance company for paying out towards a pre-existing condition even though that condition did not exist when my cover initially started.

    Insurance is a gamble. For me, for the insurance company, for my employer and or the state. If I never fall ill, the insurance company keeps all my contributions as a profit. If I fall ill, they pay out part of the total sum that was contributed towards me. If I fall ill again from the same condition, the insurance company has lost the gamble and should honour the contract as per my original health.

    What is wrong with expecting that? If it takes an initial sum of money to wean the insurance companies from their practices so that over a given period the state is no longer subsidizing my health and I have cover whether or not I am working, if it brings the cost of drugs down to compare favourably with the Canucks, if it means that treatment is available to all at a basic level, then why not? If I want a deluxe health plan, no doubt some company out there will offer me one at a price I can afford to lift me up from the basic level, If I want a private health plan where no treatment is too costly, then no doubt there will be a plan for that in the future as well. So for now, I would rather America had health cover for all Americans at a basic level than none. I as an employer would save on health insurance costs by having to provide less or none to my employees depending on if I want my business to run smoothly with minimal sick notes slowing product down. My rant for the day. God bless all those healthy people who couldn’t care less of their fellow brothers and sisters as long as they are not ill.

  5. An airport is a location where aircraft such as fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and blimps take off and land. Aircraft may be stored or maintained at an airport. An airport consists of at least one surface such as a runway, a helipad, or water for takeoffs and landings, and often includes buildings such as hangars and terminal buildings.
    Larger airports may have fixed base operator services, seaplane docks and ramps, air traffic control, passenger facilities such as restaurants and lounges, and emergency services. A military airport is known as an airbase or air station. The terms airfield, airstrip, and aerodrome may also be used to refer to airports, and the terms heliport, seaplane base, and STOLport refer to airports dedicated exclusively to helicopters, seaplanes, or short takeoff and landing aircraft. In some jurisdictions, the term airport is used where the facility is licensed as such by the relevant government organization (e.g. the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transport Canada). Elsewhere the distinction is one of general appearance. Other jurisdictions define an airport by its having the customs offices etc expected of a port,[citation needed] though the more general term is airport of entry.

    Sorry Crabapple – was I off topic?

  6. I would wait to see what the numbers look like a year from now. The Palm is just now opening up its store, Droid finally has some really good phones, and WinMo 7 will be out this year (maybe.) I’ld hold off on the Bloodbath comment until 2011. Then you can gloat as if you had anything to do with it.

  7. @ @Crabapple Yes, as was I, knocked off by individuals declaring there voting preference on a site that really should not host such opinions. I would think that they would know better, hence the venting off of steam.

    Just for fun, what would you call a neighbourhood in which all the houses have twin garages for a car and aerocar?

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