The iPhone revolutionized software development and distribution
The App Store was launched in 2008 alongside the iPhone 3G. At launch, it had 500 apps. There are now 2.2 million apps on the App Store, and there have been more than 180 billion downloads in the past decade. Together with Google Play store, apps have created endless possibilities for smartphones, turning them into gaming devices, flashlights, barcode scanners, digital maps, music players, image and video editors, and more.
More and more software developers have shifted their focus to app development rather than traditional computer software. In the first quarter of 2017, the combined publisher revenue for downloads and in-app purchases in the App Store and Google Play store grew to US$10.5 billion. The App Store also paved the way for indie and solo developers to publish their work. Vietnamese developer, Dong Nguyen is a famous example of a solo developer achieving success on the App Store. At one point, Nguyen’s game Flappy Bird was earning US$50,000 a day in in-app advertising.