Analyst: App Market Will Explode by 2014 [OBVIOUS NUMBERS]



Research group IDC is predicting that application downloads will increase from the 10.9 billion we’ve seen downloaded worldwide this year (across all platforms) to 76.9 billion in 2014. It’s in line with predictions of overall smartphone market share taking over feature phones by the same period of time. They also expect revenue from these applications to surpass $35 billion dollars.

If you don’t remember, Juniper’s revenue figure was quite similar ($32 billion in 2015), but fell way short of what IDC is claiming in terms of overall downloads: just 25 billion in 2015.

IDC’s numbers factored in the advent of apps beyond just mobile phones, though: televisions, cars, tablets, microwaves, home phones: you name it, people will soon be downloading apps on it. Analyst Scott Ellison of the group uses the word “appify” to describe how more developers would find a way to link everything you do in your life to an app. (The internet connected scale definitely comes to mind, here, as well as OnStar’s app for monitoring your vehicle.) [via IDC]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. That is if we make to 2014,2012 is coming up

  2. Oh noes, you’re right!

  3. FIRST! :D

  4. 2012 is gonna be just like 2000

  5. Microwaves? I can’t wait for the “popcorn” setting download to hit the market!!!! No better way to to ring in 2012 than with some android cooked popcorn!

  6. LOL 2012

  7. I think this must be wrong….there won’t be apps in 2014….

  8. I’m throwing one hell of a party for it.

  9. Based on android’s own numbers and assuming competition from Apple, Microsoft, Nokia, RIM, and webOS is zero, which I doubt very much. android is in for an extremely rough ride in 2011 and beyond.

  10. Is rough ride good or bad

  11. Hopefully they’ll be useful ones, not just millions of stupid fart apps!

  12. I would love to have or Pandora in my car.

  13. whatever doesn’t kill will make it stronger. I think Android has passed the “doesn’t kill it” with HTC G1 :) Just like some idiots who will always continue getting less for more with Mercedes and Volvos, smarter shoppers will go for Lexus or Acura.

    Isn’t it time for next phase? integration into other devices and households .. G TV was a try, but i’m hoping for smarthomes, washing machines, cars etc..

  14. The world will end in 2012 due to the depletion of IPv4 addresses.

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