Killer app: The industry has recorded strong expansion, but growth is expected to slow

The Smartphone App Developers industry comprises companies that write, design and test mobile applications software. Since the release of the first iPhone in 2008, and with it the launch of Apple’s App Store, the App Development industry has gone from practically non-existent to an established segment of software development. The rapid penetration of smartphones equipped with internet connectivity and powerful processors has facilitated industry expansion. In the space of a decade, apps have integrated themselves into a variety of functions, becoming an indispensable feature of modern life. Industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 18% over the five years through 2018-19 to £8.7 billion...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£8.7bn
Annual Growth 14-19
18.0%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
52,883
Businesses
10,230
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has expanded to become an established segment of software development
  • Apps have become an increasingly important platform for business purposes in recent years
  • App-enabled wearable devices are expected to become increasingly popular and widespread
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The App Development industry has grown rapidly over the past five years as the scope of mobile apps has expanded. The proliferation of smartphone devices has facilitated substantial growth. Apps vary from tools designed to improve productivity to gaming and social platforms. Improvements in smartphone technology over the period have opened the way for apps as a practical tool rather than novelty entertainment. For example, many businesses have become increasingly open to the potential for apps as marketing tools to encourage brand interaction.Over the five years through 2018-19, industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 18%. Revenue is expected to total £8.7 billion in 2018-19, which represents a 13.4% i...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the App Development Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the App Development Industry are

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Product is sold at high profile outlets
  • Market research and understanding
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business software investment and Number of mobile connections in the App Development industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the App Development Industry?

    Operators in this industry write, design and test software for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. This industry only records revenue arising from development activities and does not include the value of transactions carried out via the app.

    Industry Products
  • Games
  • Business
  • Lifestyle
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Travel
  • Industry Activities
  • Smartphone app creation and submission
  • Smartphone app development
  • Smartphone script and code writing for external clients
  • Smartphone design and user-interface consultation for external clients
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business software investment
  • Number of mobile connections
  • Total online expenditure
  • IT and telecommunications adoption

  • Current Performance
  • Look smart
  • Practical purposes
  • Upgrades available
  • Regulatory barriers
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Expansion constraints
  • New app technology
  • Operating systems
  • Table: App Development Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - App Development Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Software Publishing
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Internet Service Providers
  • Market Research & Public Opinion Polling
  • Software Publishing

  • Products & Services
  • Games
  • Business
  • Lifestyle
  • Education
  • Other
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Chart: App Development Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Blackberry OS
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the App Development Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs App Development

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the App Development Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the App Development Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the App Development Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    App
  • Programs for mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
  • Augmented Reality
  • The integration of digital information with a user's environment in real time. Augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information (including 3D models) on top of it.
  • Smartphone
  • A mobile phone device that offers significantly more advanced connectivity and computing functions than traditional mobile phones.
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