Market Trends: Mobile App Stores, Worldwide, 2012

Archived Published: 17 August 2012 ID: G00237727

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Smart device popularity drives opportunity for mobile app stores which by 2016 will reach 310 billion downloads and $74 billion in revenue. Engagement-driving in-app purchases and an integrated cross-device experience will help fuel this demand.

Table of Contents

  • Trends in the Market
    • Market: User Spending Will Shift From Upfront Purchases to In-App Purchases
    • Technology: Web App Stores Emerge but Face Long Road Ahead
    • Market Structure: Third-Party Stores Boom in Regional Markets
    • Contrarian View: Web App Stores Will Fail to Gain Traction if User Experience Suffers and Developers Lack Interest
  • Vendors to Watch
  • Conclusions
  • Recommended Reading
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