The best new iOS, Android apps of November 2012
Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store reached a major milestone earlier this month: According to data compiled by app discovery firm Appsfire, developers have submitted more than 1 million iOS applications to date, a remarkable number given that the storefront has been open for business for less than five years.
What's even more remarkable is that so many new apps are reaching the market despite more than half of North American developers still viewing mobile app design as a sideline to their full-time software programming jobs, Evans Data recently reported. "We see lots of evidence that the bulk of apps are being developed by the same developers who write traditional software for many types of companies as their day job," the firm said, adding that 34 percent of developers dedicate between 20 to 40 hours per week to their mobile moonlighting efforts. Another 29 percent log more than 40 hours, effectively treating app development as a second full-time gig.
There's a reason why so many developers are working so hard: Money. Cumulative mobile application revenues are on pace to exceed $30 billion worldwide by the close of 2012, nearly double the total reached at year-end 2011, ABI Research reports. "Consumers' high interest in apps has for long time been obvious from download volumes, but it's 2012 that will go down in history as the year when the economic side of the business finally took off," said ABI Senior Analyst Aapo Markkanen. "We're no longer talking only about a short-term gold rush. Apps have become a major digital industry." Another recent forecast--this one from Strategy Analytics--projects mobile app revenues will increase to more than $35 billion in 2017, up from $1 billion just three years ago.
Given all the overtime hours that developers are putting in, you might expect their apps might suffer the effects of sleep deprivation, but there's nothing tired or dull about the best new iOS and Android apps of November.--Jason