Report: Windows Phone app developers gross twice as much as their Android counterparts

Report: Windows Phone app developers gross twice as much as their Android counterparts
More than 1000 developers were surveyed for InMobi’s State of Mobile App Developers 2016 report. And if you're sitting down, we'd like to pass along the results of the survey. The average Windows Phone developer made more than twice what the average Android code jockey grossed in a month. Shocked? There's more. That same average Windows Phone developer took in 50% more than the average iOS developer.

Despite those numbers, 86% of the developers wrote for Android, 56% for iOS and just 21% did their thing for Windows Phone. Yet, the latter developers grossed on average $11,400 per month. The monthly figures for Android and iOS were $4900 and $8100 respectively. 49% of the Windows Phone developers take in more than $10,000 a month. 45% of Android developers reach that number while 53% of iOS users gross that amount.

How can Windows Phone developers out gross iOS and Android developers writing for a platform that very few actually use?' InMobi says that Windows Phone developers have less competition making it easier for users to discover their apps.


Windows Phone developers are mostly optimistic about the future. 28% expect their business to grow over the next three years, while 16% expect it to shrink. 75% of Android app writers expect their business to grow during the same time period versus the 19% who expect it to decline. 61% of those writing for iOS are bullish about the next three years; 25% are bearish.

Check out some data from the survey by clicking on the slideshow below.


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70 Comments

83. jamesbradley

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Well about the competition! Let the competition come then window phones user will rise!!!

82. tokuzumi

Posts: 2029; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Windows phone developer...not developers.

75. r.458

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Well well well. Cheap games! So you bother to compare only to Android in your headline. Phonearena, you know for sure that the bigger news is Windows Mobile devs rake in 50% more than iOS devs. You know this is the fact with more impact. Yet with your headline you try to expose this fact as little as possible. I might be nit picking. But it changes the value of your article completely. Pro Apple after all. Delusional website, it's a propoganda, two birds with one stone. 1. Android shamed 2. iOS hidden away Let's just say that the fact you mentioned apple in the article is a proof of you being unbiased. Isn't that your answer. Yes I'm an apple hater because they are where they are in part because of cheap journalists like yourself. I agree they make great products, but websites such as yours Polish them with all your energy!

67. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Wish one of these devs would come up with a decent replacement for Pulse since the company that bought pulse trashed it

64. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think a lot of apps were pulled from Windows smart phones so they could be remade as MS universal Appss because a properly done "MS Universal app" runs on Many types of Windows 10 devices such a Windows 10 smart phone, Windows 10 Tablet hybrid, and will also run on a windows 10 Desktop PC, or windows 10 laptop computer

63. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks I think the best App any developer should take the time to learn how to make and make is a Microsoft "Universal App" -WHY?- Because a MS Universal App can be made to apply to and work on Windows 10 Full desktop computers, Laptop Computers, Ultrbooks, Windows 10 Tablets/hybrids, and even work on a Windows 10 smart phone and even on a MS "XBOX" in the future. because a Properly done MS Universal App automatically adjusts to the size of the Windows 10 device's screen from a 4 inch smart phone screen to the GIANT screen of Microsoft's new HUB wall Computers. A developers MS Universal app gerts cash sales from sales from the stores in more than one type of Windows 10 devices.

71. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 748; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And if the MS Win 10 have virus or have corrupted system. So goes for the mobile version. I ask you. If both of your desktop and mobile gets corrupted and requires a windows 10 disc. How would you repair it since windows 10 is a free OS update and doesn't come with a software disc?

76. r.458

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

What a foolish question. It's not the same frickin OS it's a shared kernal. And about Virus! Well virus are everywhere - same OS or not. Why, doesn't your Macbook record you without letting you know? And if you're an android fan - it's not the most secure either. You can make a windows 10 iso. Everything you type, think, preach is wrong. Erase your brain Start over again.

79. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It has a software recovery tool. You're welcome.

52. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Well the real reason behind this is that most of the apps and games which free on Android are actually paid on Windows Store, or those which are paid on Android are cheaper than those of Windows Store.

50. Pigeon

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

Windows is a bloated mess! Their best bet would be to use a Linux operating system, LOL!

42. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Twice as much of nothing is still nothing.

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would trade in my salary for 10k a month

45. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Who wouldn't?

38. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Good news for us wp users lets hope they gain traction.

31. Talhamid

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 13, 2009

Android is used by the majority of the world. Therefore piracy is a fact of life. Same problem with Windows on desktop, though last time I checked, nobody stopped making apps for Windows. Most devs just deal with it. Its a big planet, there are hundreds of millions of users willing to use the apps legally. Make the app good enough and they will come.

68. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 748; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Ya think that's it? What about viruses? Since its windows. If the desktop version have a virus or a spyware. So goes for the windows mobile.

78. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not really, doesn't work the same way, nor have the same access.

19. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

So in order for me to read the report, I have to be a registered WMPoweruser? I see...

15. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Good, maybe more will move there, and the ecosystem will grow. Boom. Viable third alternative.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Hoping the devs see this report and start spewing apps out for Windows. Good point +1.

23. TerryTerius unregistered

If I read that correctly, the article say that this was happening because developers didn't have much competition (on WinMo). So, wouldn't that mean that the more people start developing for the ecosystem, the more likely their income is to go down?

73. AlikMalix unregistered

Still easier to develop than android and more profitable - it will be a while before competition among windows developers start to heat up. Either way, just a vote for Windows platform.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I need to develop an app for windows phone.

30. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

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33. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

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34. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Nah, I'm pretty sure I ain't the one who writes 500 posts during 2 weeks

41. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Guess who has the most trolling posts, with 19.000?

61. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

you do know 19.000 means I have exactly 19 posts right lol? You're an idiot dude.

47. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Get used to artee posting like an idiot about anything that is t from his likes. His name before that was TROLL tm

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