What Happened in Apps in Q1? | Quarterly Report 2015

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

A lot has already happened in 2015.  Over 50% of developers are now making more than $1,000 a month.  And its not stopping there.  Here's some other newsworthy topics:

  • Apple is voted best smartphone by the people
  • iOS 8 and Lollipop 5 are hits
  • Swift is on the Rise
  • Third party tools more accessible
  • Consumer app developers in huge demand

The question we are hearing more than ever is:

How much does it cost to develop an app?

Just over 4 years ago my employer, mentor, and bud Carter published a timeless post How Much Does It Cost To Develop An App?

Carter's post helped answer the question EVERY developer has on their mind when starting out.  The post has been a huge asset in turning Bluecloud Solutions into what it is today.  With over 500 comments from readers whose lives were changed, the post still holds strong.

Understanding how much it costs to develop an app is crucial to accurately put together a solid business plan.  If you are interested in developing an app and you are new to the field, checkout the infographic below.

infographic how much does it cost to develop an app

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Apps are making more money than ever and are less expensive to develop than you think.

Over 1.9 BILLION smartphones were sold in 2014, and app usage grew by 76%.

If you are interested in developing apps or expanding your portfolio, take the following costs into consideration.

Platform Market Share

  • Apple – 41.3
  • Android – 53.2
  • Blackberry – 1.8
  • Microsoft – 3.6

Developer Account Costs:

  • Apple $99/year
  • Google Play $25
  • Amazon $0

Popular App Categories in the Google Play Store:

  • Education => 13.47%
  • Lifesty => 12.23%
  • Entertainment => 11.56%
  • Business => 11.48%
  • Personalization => 10.78%
  • Other => 40.48%

Number of Apps on App Store:

  • Apple:  1.3 million
  • Google Play:  1.4 million
  • Amazon:  293,000

Most Popular App Categories in Apple App Store:

  • Games => 21.45%
  • Business => 10.14%
  • Education => 9.95%
  • Lifestyle => 8.33%
  • Entertainment => 6.76%
  • Other => 43.37%

App Development Process:

  1. The Idea
  2. Functionality Layout
  3. Design
  4. Going Live

Post Release

App Costs:

  • Simple, table based app – $1,000-4,000
  • Database App (native) – $8,000-$50,000
  • Games – $10,000-$250,000

Additional Costs:

  • In-App Purchasing – $1,000-$3,000
  • Web Services – $1,000-$5,000
  • Game Center – $1,000
  • Share Capabilities – $500-$1,500
  • SDKs like Chartboost – $50-$200

iPhone App Design Costs:

  • iPhone 4 & 5 – $500-$10,000
  • iPhone 6 – add 25%
  • iPad – Add 50%

In addition to developing over 1,400 apps, Bluecloud Solutions is a resource for people who want to learn more about app marketing, the app business and everything in between.

Remember a majority of developers are already making over $1k a month.  What are you waiting for?

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What would you like to see in this infographic for Q2?


  • Hitendra pratap April 8, 2015

    Nice Infographic. Android has surpassed iOS in terms of developers working with them and app downloads as well.

    However I feel it’s best to focus on both the platforms to make the most out of your app/game. And knowing how to create engaging apps and games is where the holy grail is.

  • Mark April 9, 2015

    Good insight Hitendra

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