The mobile application market was a gold rush for developers when the iPhone debuted. Since then, developers are finding it more difficult to make money by selling mobile apps. The various application markets are flooded with inexpensive knockoffs, and the form factors and capabilities make it challenging to write a serious application for which someone would pay more than a few dollars.
It seems like most developers making money with mobile development are either writing in-house apps that are extensions to existing intranet applications, or they are working on projects that enhance a brand (like a pizza ordering application or a quick banking program) rather than standing on their own. At the same time, we are seeing the widespread availability of ad networks for mobile applications.
I know there is money to be made in the mobile market, but I'm curious to know, where do you see most of that money coming from?
Mobile development resources on TechRepublic
- Surveying the mobile development landscape
- Google wants us all to be mobile app developers
- Poll: Which mobile development platform appeals to you?
- Android development fundamentals: How to get started
- Get started developing iPhone apps
Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.