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Survey Finds BlackBerry Developers Make More Money Relative to Android & iOS Devs


A study published yesterday by Evans Data from their biannual Application Distribution survey of 400 developers led to some interesting results. The survey obviously found that developers biggest complaint is visibility for their apps in flooded app stores. They also found that games tend to be the most common “App” though what was truly interesting was their results when it came to the bottom dollar.

From their results Evans Data found that 13% of BlackBerry developers make over $100,000 from App World apps which they say is “considerable more than Android or Apple developers and will help that platform to continue to be compelling to developers especially in the enterprise.” On the other hand there are obviously not as many BlackBerry developers so it looks like the successful ones are doing well.

Highlights from the survey include:

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

The full details of the report are sadly under lock and key beyond the Press Release but I am sure we will hear more as it is distributed.

Kudos to Lucas @N4BB for spotting this one. I thought the press release was spam in my inbox based on the title. 🙂

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  1. reaaaallly… that is a very interesting stat.

    quality over quantity prevails

  2. Absolutely, Blackberry apps have a higher quality than other platforms, mainly due to the deep integration with other platforms: in IOS and even Android apps you can only access only 1 or 2 things at a time, not multiple things like Blackberry. For instance, although other platforms have the Poynt app, they cannot match Blackberry’s Where else can you add businesses to calendar or contacts, set notifications, buy tickets, make reservations, save location, mark location, start navigation, use contat location to search, or send phone numbers from your PlayBook to your Blackberry. RIMM needs to add this integration to thd PlayBook and heavily promote this.

  3. Less competition = more money, not to mention a lot of android app prices are free anyways.

  4. Very happy for app developers and makers of our preferred mobile device. Keep the great work coming 🙂

  5. By the look of the photo it seems you mean they are stealing us? 😛

  6. I hope these developers get money mre and more!

  7. So logic dictates that if more developers create apps for blackberry devices, visibility goes down. Hence, money goes down. So developers make more money because there is less competition for BB apps. That’s how I see it anyway.

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