This page contains mainly open web resources about the mobile application market, including:
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How much does it cost to make an app?
2015 blog post on the range of options for app development available to non-programmers with an app idea.
They make apps
Browse profiles of app developers for hire, including average fees.
Are app development costs decreasing in 2016?
Blog post discussing iPad apps includes links to app calculators to estimate costs for app development. (Note that methodology isn’t always available.)
Cost to build a mobile app - A survey
Research firm Clutch.co surveyed 12 iPhone app development companies to identify cost ranges and key variables that contribute to the cost of iPhone apps.
Survey: Mobile app development cost and time
Want to create the next Tindr, Uber, What’sApp, or Periscope? Find out how much it will cost you to develop an app with features similar to these and others.
Figuring the costs of custom business mobile app development
Numbers here reflect budgets for larger enterprises rather than startups or students on a shoestring.
All the resources you need for a successful app launch - From research to reviews
Need inspiration for the visual design and layout of your app? Pttrns has thousands of screenshots of real apps organized by category.
Apple iOS human interface guidelines
Find out what Apple has to say about designing great apps that are easy to use.
Start developing iOS apps
Follow Apple’s walkthrough to create your first iOS app.
Free Programming Books
A comprehensive list of free resources on hundreds of programming languages available via Github.
iOS developer blogs
Follow these blogs by professional iOS developers to keep up with the latest notable topics in app development, from App store marketing advice, to deep discussions on programming languages.
http://nshipster.com – Hints at cool things to find in the iOS SDK
http://inessential.com - Developer of Vesper, now works at Omni
mjtsai.com/blog – Lots links to news and opinion from iOS developers
mikeash.com/pyblog – Classic blog with a number of articles diving deep into Objective-C, iOS, Mac OS, and now Swift
Android developer blogs
https://material.google.com/ - Google's Material Design Guidelines
ComSCORE Global Mobile Report
2015 report from media measurement firm focuses on consumption and audience behaviours on mobile and multi-platform usage.
More app-related research from ComSCORE can be found here.
AppAnnie Mobile App Forecast
Key findings include global revenues, app store downloads, key market growth, and leading categories.
Average daily time spent with mobile internet (US adults)
2017 statistics from eMarketer breaking out mobile from other types of media
Mobile app revenue composition by country (2014)
Numbers provided by Statista (some content held behind paywall)
Most-used app monetization models
According to mobile developers as of 2015, from Statista
Consumer preference for in-app transactions
Gartner press release (full 2016 report behind paywall)
Global and country level data and research provided by international mobile operator association. Sign up required for free public account, with some content held behind paywall.
Mobile Marketing Association research
Research on mobile marketing from a non-profit trade association representing over 800 companies and brands worldwide.
The Canada Report: The Great White North Testing Ground
2015 report by Flurry by Yahoo, based activity across 92,000 Canadian devices in March 2015.
Mobile Drives Growth in Time Spent with Media in Canada - eMarketer
More free articles from eMarketer here (more behind paywall)
Employment numbers in Canadian apps economy (2014)
Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) report highlights jobs created by mobile apps industry, including forecasts to 2019.
Mobile app usage growth in Canada - Statista
2015 numbers provided by Statista (some content held behind paywall)
Total Retail Survey (2016)
Retail Council of Canada and PwC research includes statistics on mobile apps and purchase behavior.
Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association
Facts and figures on wireless phone subscribers in Canada, provided by an industry advocacy group.
Case study - Apps in education
Engaging Students with a Mobile App - Educause
Mobile App Rating Scale: A New Tool for Assessing the Quality of Health Mobile Apps
Accompanying article in JMIR
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