The iPhone rev­o­lu­tion­ized soft­ware de­vel­op­ment and dis­tri­bu­tion

HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

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.

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