Apple Versus Others – Will The Monster Survive The Battle?
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With Apple on one side and Google, Nokia, RIM and Microsoft on the other – the combat in the market for mobile applications is on and everyone awaits a powerful clash in the near future. Apple App Store has won the first battle, but battle just began when all the other competitors signed in for the long run. By the end of 2011 the mobile applications market will be above 3.9 billion dollars, and according to many specialists it will double over the next three years, making the inventors and the developers very rich both economically and in terms of the number of apps that they will have developed.
Most analysts say the market for mobile applications will be successful at least five years from now. Another study by ABIResearch estimates that the number of downloaded apps will reach 38 billion by 2015. If the estimation is correct this could translate in future apps working on the HTML 5, and other similar web programming technologies.
Latest figures supplied by specialists show that so far around 15-16 billion applications have been downloaded. The largest sources for downloading applications are Apple’s App Store and the Google Android Market which is in an exponential development. Apple announced earlier this spring that over ten billion paid and free applications have been downloaded from App Store. The leader in this segment is Angry Birds. The game, developed by a Finnish company called Rovio has been downloaded over 140 million times since its launch, which took place a year and a half ago on all platforms such as the Apple store, Android Market, Windows Phone Market, PlayStation and the Internet. If things continue in the way they started, Angry Birds could become the best selling game in history, said one of the directors of Rovio. However, directors predictions never fell in place across history.
Angry birds were overthrown, in the number of downloads from the App Store, as the Any Music Downloader app that allows users to transfer any internet available MP3 on the iPhone. In other words is an iTunes store for iPhone. Any Music Downloader app costs only $2 dollars now but at the time of the launch it cost around $10.
The competition continues with the App Store, as Android Market reported that users have downloaded more than 4.2 billion applications. After this, most applications were downloaded from the Nokia Ovi Store, RIM and Windows Marketplace World App as these were the main sources for mobile apps.
Currently, the Android operating system offers more free applications than the App Store. Android Market will surpass Apps Store in terms of total number of mobile apps downloaded in the near future.