There is quite an activity happening in the app marketplace and we bring in a few relevant reports which will help app developers understand the ecosystem in depth.

Report: Android Is The Most Closed Open Source

Open source software is a software development methodology whereby an institution ( commercial or otherwise) chooses a community driven approach to the development of the software. This means that instead of building a complete software with in-house experience or adopting a third party built software, the institution decides to built the software in collaborating with multiple commercial or non-commercial partners.

In terms of openness, Eclipse is by far the most open platform across access, development, derivatives and community attributes of governance.  It is closely followed by Linux and WebKit, and then Mozilla,
MeeGo, Symbian and Qt.

Android, unexpectedly is the least open source project.

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App Report: Mobile Dating Apps : The next Best Category

 

And as was expected, the Social Networking revolution has gone mobile, interestingly a major portion of downloads that happen even from the Social Networking category are the dating apps. A recent publication by Flurry suggests that Dating apps may be the next big thing.

In terms of engagement, frequency of use is driving growth in time spent per day in mobile dating apps. Last year, the average user opened his dating app 2 times per day, a little under 2 minutes each time. Now he opens his app over 5 times a day, but for shorter periods of time, about 1.5 minutes per session

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Although the data is very US centric, do you think the same applies to Indian audience as well? [Read: The Rise of Mobile Only Internet Generation in India [41% Prefer Mobile To Access Internet]

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App Developer Insights–Average Selling Price Of Games Have Fallen

Games are considered the most profitable apps to develop. But this statement cannot be taken for granted as the demand and growth of this category is not uniform across all app stores

  • ‘Games’ is the single most popular category in the Apple App Store for iPhone, and of all downloads generated by top 300 overall free applications in June, 56% are game downloads.
  • The average selling price was $2.01 in June 2010, however average selling price has since declined by 28% to $1.44 as of June 2011.

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