Expected Mobile App Economy In Next Five Years: Forecast

Written by Hemendra Singh on September 30, 2016 | Updated on: September 30, 2016

Expected Mobile App Economy In Next Five Years: Forecast

Smartphone applications popularity is rapidly rising in the categories such as social networking, gaming, entertainment, lifestyle, GPS, banking, medical and much more. No other ecosystem is growing as fast as smartphone apps.

The 2015 Black Friday holiday report by IBM states that the mobile devices have dominated the online shopping landscape for the very first time. The powerful growth of smartphone application industry is the true signal of its bright future. No doubt, it is going to be very challenging in the upcoming years.

If you are also dreaming of growing your business with the help of smartphone applications, it is necessary to know “What is going in the mobile market and where it will be after 5 years”.

We researched and created a compilation of statistics and facts delineating the landscape of present mobile industry along with its position in the next five years. The report contains the international scenario of the market with detailed overview and figures.

Gross Annual Revenue Growth of Mobile Apps 2015-2020

The report from App Annie mobile application forecast includes following insights:

• 2015 was a great year for the mobile industry, ended up with the total revenue of $41.1bn.

• 24% of growth is expected in the application market, making it reach at $50.9bn in 2016.

• The global annual smartphone application revenue is predicted to break $101 billion by the end of 2020.

This increasing growth of revenue is clearly showing that the mobile apps would be the primary source to lead the businesses in the next 5 years.

worldwide app forecast

Gross Mobile App Revenue: By Category

• In 2015, the category “Games” have seen the highest lift comprising 85% of the $41.1 billion of total gross revenue.

• Although gaming applications are achieving the high popularity but it will face a slight downfall of accounting 74% of total $101 billion in 2020.

• Apart from gaming, the other categories such as video streaming, dating will also keep contributing to the success of app economy.

yearly mobile app forecast

Annual Gross Revenue: By Regions

• It is expected that China will lead the overall revenue of mobile app stores by the first half of 2016.

• In the emerging markets, U.S, Japan & China will be the major contributors of overall smartphone app revenue growth.

• Also, good opportunities in the smartphone market will be seen in developing markets such as Indonesia, India, Mexico, and Argentina.

Mobile apps annual gross revenue forecast

Regional Definitions:

• APAC: Includes all countries in South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

• EMEA: Include all countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

• Americas: Include all countries in North & South America.

Total Mobile App Downloads: By Category

The continuous rise of mobile devices is immensely giving a great hike to application download share. The new generation is very fond of the smartphone application, causing the millions of app downloads every day. When it comes to the category, in 2015, Gaming was one of the top leaders in the mobile app download economy.

• In 2015, Games were accounting 45.4 bn of total downloads.

• Till the end of 2020, the non-gaming categories including music, media, entertainment etc are expected to raise their total share in the number of annual downloads.

• The other categories apart from gaming will be exceeded by 23%, making it account 182.1 bn downloads.

annual downloads of apps between 2015 and 2020

Total App Downloads: By Region

• The mobile application market is getting bigger every year. Not even a small part of the world is escaped from smartphone apps.

• The true picture of mobile app download growth is majorly seen in the developed markets including China, USA, and Japan.

• The low prices of smartphones in developing countries like India, Brazil, is also projected to contribute to the growth of annual application downloads.

mobile app downloads forecast

How much time the smartphone apps are eating

• In 2015, the time spent on mobile apps achieved a great inflate of 63% which has never been seen in the past years.

Time spent on android apps

• On the highest takeaway, the communication apps are eating much of the time of users.

• The time spent on Media & Video category grew by 93% whilst the time spent on shopping and transport were raised by 160% and 123% respectively.

time spent on mobile apps worldwide


The above insights about mobile app economy are clearly concluding that the digital media is highly relying on the smartphone apps. The need of adopting the smartphone application have become the centralized focus of all the small as well as large businesses. In future, smartphones would be probably the only primary device to access the internet.

Your job doesn’t get finished with the creation of an application, it is also important to be familiar with the latest mobile application development trends with the right marketing strategies and economic picture.

Thus, it’s the time to utilize the true value of mobile applications for the successful growth of your business.

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