According to research firm Ovum, it is expected that this year will surpass the Android Apple applications on the number of downloads from its online stores, as demand for applications continues to grow.
Report Company Mobile Application Download and Revenue Forecast: 2011-16 predicts that Android users will download apps 8.1 billion during 2011, compared with 1.4 billion in 2010. Meanwhile, Apple users will download apps 6 billion this year, compared with 2.7 billion in 2010.
Nick Dillon, an analyst at Ovum and author of the report, said the speed with which the growing market came as a surprise.
“We expect that Android will bypass Apple at some point in the near future, but growth in the software market that is absolutely incredible and more rapid than we expected” – he said.
The cost of applications to be loaded on all operating systems will reach $ 3.7 billion by the end of 2011, 92% more than in 2010. This incredible growth will continue over the next five years, reaching a whopping $ 7.7 billion by 2016.
However, while the Android will overtake the number of downloads for Apple applications App Store from Apple will continue to be the most profitable, earning $ 2.7 billion in 2016 compared to $ 1.5 billion for Android.
According to forecasts, downloading applications for Windows Phone from Microsoft will cost $ 983 million in 2016, throwing off his BlackBerry to third place with its $ 955 million is noteworthy that the market for downloads to mobile phones will cost more than any of them – $ 1.089 billion
Dillon also said that sales of software for ordinary mobile phones to stay high because the number of people who own standard phones in countries like India, is increasing.
“As soon as people understand what applications are running on their phones, it is easier to download the basic, simple applications to improve their devices,” – he explained.
Dillon added that the number of downloads of applications is not ideal for measuring the quality of app store, but that measure the actual use and any subsequent removal of applications from the devices are difficult to quantify.