Demand for Mobile Apps by Indian Developers Surge
Date: Wednesday , December 02, 2009
With the rise in mobile connectivity the demand for mobile apps is witnessing a surge. This paves the way for an increase in the demand for Indian developers whose apps have gained popularity worldwide.
These developers are either employed with the about 50 Indian firms that undertake the development work or freelancers if they have good programming skills. Some of the firms that develop mobile apps include Robosoft Technologies, RapidSoft, Spiel Studios, Interchain Solutions, and Nexmoo.
Shanmukh Raj, a 29-year-old developer who works for the Bangalore based Robosoft, led a four-member team that recently developed a popular online game called Chess Lite. “It took my team four months to develop this game for the iPhone. And today we have over 1,500 users who have registered for this game, which is hosted on the App Store of Apple,” says Raj, adding, “Chess Lite also figured on the Top 100 chart of Apple’s U.K. App Store for a brief period.”
“With the mobile phone emerging as an epicenter both for productivity and lifestyle activities, consumers will demand applications that can help them satisfy their needs that have not been met,” says Alok Shende, Principal Analyst at Ascentius Consulting. Indeed the market potential is huge with over four billion global mobile users as compared to approximately one billion PCs. The global mobile application market, including games, is worth $4.66 billion in 2009 and is expected to touch $16.60 billion by 2013. Games, maps and navigation, music and video, news and weather, finance and banking, e-books, social networking, and sports are the key drivers for this growth.
Businesses in the U.S. are projected to shell out about $9 billion on mobile applications like customer relationship management, email, and SMS by 2011, according to the research firm Compass Intelligence. The developer community has another major market with prominent players like Apple, Google, Nokia, and now even Research in Motion (RIM) having set up applications stores in India. They host these applications on a revenue sharing basis.