The App Economy

This series of posts focuses attention on the app economy. Whilst the app stores have become more competitive, the app economy that has built up around them continues to enjoy tremendous growth. Gartner have predicted the app economy will triple in size, to generate revenues of $74.5billion each year by 2016. So, it’s still a great time to have an app idea, and AppInstruct’s Course will assist you in validating, making, launching and monetizing that idea into a successful app.

What the WhatsApp deal means for mobile »

The start of Iain’s post on WhatsApp back in the first week of January now seems eerily insightful:

When people talk of ‘the next Facebook’, then the name at the front of most technology people’s minds is WhatsApp Messenger.

We now know those people included Mark Zuckerberg! So what does this remarkable $19billion valuation of a smartphone app created and managed by a small team of 50 people, tell us about the mobile apps industry? Read more…

Did Facebook overpay for Whatsapp? »

When Facebook agreed to pay up to $19 billion for WhatsApp last week, it set an unprecedented value on what is simply a mobile app – indeed, unlike iMessenger or Google Hangouts, WhatsApp is not available on the desktop.  WhatsApp has nearly 450 million users, but only made $20million in revenue last year – so did Facebook overpay? Read more…

Mobile development »

It’s already been an exciting week for those with an idea and thinking about starting out in mobile development.  Apple and Strategy Analytics have both made announcements that demonstrate the continuing growth and strength of the mobile market. Read more…