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Survey finds BlackBerry developers still profitable, Android Market as the store to watch

Survey finds BlackBerry developers still profitable, Android Market as the store to watch
Lydia Leavitt
Lydia Leavitt|@lydialeavitt|September 26, 2011 2:19 PM
Although the BlackBerry app store may be missing a favorite app or ten, according to a report from Evans Data Corp., developers are still making money by creating apps for the OS. Although the survey feels a bit narrow in scope (just 400 working developers were polled), 13 percent of 'Berry devs said they make $100,000 or more per app -- which according to the data collectors -- is "considerably more than Android or iOS developers." So why isn't everyone dropping what they're doing to develop for RIM's OS? The problems seemed to outweigh the allure of cold, hard cash. 37 percent said app visibility was the biggest issue with the store, while others griped about the approval process and heavy restrictions. Developers were equally unenthusiastic about BlackBerry's future, as only 4.8 percent predicted it would have the top market share two years from now -- 30.2 percent went with Android and 28.4 percent voted Apple's App Store. Check out the full report at the source.
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Google Android Market is Top Store for Developers, though BlackBerry Developers Make Most Money

Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) September 22, 2011
Google's Android Market is the most used app store amongst commercial developers with 47% of commercial developers having some experience with the store compared to 43% who have used Apple's App Store, according Evans Data's new Application Distribution survey of over 400 commercial developers, conducted in August. In addition, Android Market edged out Apple's App Store as the store more developers thought would be dominant in two years. However, developers selling apps through BlackBerry App World made significantly more money than developers using either Google's or Apple's stores.

"The industry has a perception that developers are going to target either Android or Apple, and those two will define the market," said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp. "However, there's room for more than two. BlackBerry developers are not as plentiful but 13% make over $100,000 from the App World apps, which is considerably more than Android or Apple developers, and will help that platform continue to be compelling to developers, especially in the enterprise."

Other highlights from this comprehensive survey, conducted in August 2011, include:

---Visibility for their apps is the biggest complaint that developers have about app stores in general with 37% citing this as the biggest problem.

---Paid apps with no ads is the monetization model more developers use followed by subscriptions.

---Games are the most likely type of apps to wind up in app stores, with 27% placing that type of app in a store, followed by business apps at 21% and productivity apps at 20%.

The Evans Data Application Distribution survey examines the views and usage patterns on commercial developers and focuses on monetization models, distribution channels, app store features and policies, end user support, and also shows ratings of detailed feature sets by users of various stores of those stores.

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