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Vanessa Measom

Getting users to pay for things remains the biggest challenge for the app developer

Getting users to pay for things remains the biggest challenge for the app developer

More than half of mobile developers are living in “app poverty”: making less than $500 a month from their apps. We’ve produced an infographic which looks at insights such as this from The Evolving State of Mobile Commerce, a report published by VisionMobile in collaboration with Braintree.

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Bill Ray

Whatever happened to Operator Billing?

Whatever happened to Operator Billing?

In 2003 Europe’s mobile operators launched Simpay, promising to let us buy flowers and concert tickets across Europe, with the price added to our mobile-phone bill. By 2005 that had morphed into PayForIt, for UK operators only but with similar aspirations, and a similar lack of success. A decade later, mobile network operators are still being cut out of the payment loop, but not for lack of trying.

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Bill Ray

Why are mobile developers so obsessed with advertising?

Why are mobile developers so obsessed with advertising?

Advertising is used as a revenue stream by 38% of mobile app developers, far higher than any other source, but the majority of developers chasing the advertising dollar aren’t making much money, so what kind of developer persists in embedding adverts when the real money is elsewhere?

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Stijn Schuermans

Will developers stop playing the app lottery?

Will developers stop playing the app lottery?

How long will developers be loyal to ecosystems that seemingly set them up for failure? The odds are clearly stacked against developers as most of them struggle to make a living. The sustainability of co-creator ecosystems is in serious peril, it would seem. A look at other lottery-like industries provides an explanation, and a surprising perspective.

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Stijn Schuermans

How Samsung enlists developers to make sense of health data

How Samsung enlists developers to make sense of health data

Samsung unveiled its vision on mobile health. The company wants to provide the "voice of your body" with two new intiatives: a sensor-packed Simband device for protoyping next-gen wearables, and the SAMI cloud platform that enables developers to generate insights from health data. The vision is spot-on when it comes to making software entrepreneurs the new heroes of health. Analyst Stijn Schuermans asks the question: what's next for mHealth?

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