Which Mobile Platform Earns the Most Revenue for Developers? RIM's BlackBerry, Study Claims

RIM's marketshare has been declining steadily since Apple launched the iPhone and Google launched Android in 2007.

The latter two platforms have hundreds of thousands of apps available for download in their respective stores, while RIM—whose smartphone has been around since before the turn of the millenium—never really caught on with developers (mostly because RIM failed to recognize the future significance of apps).

But quantity of developers and apps is one thing, and the money developers actually make from their apps is another. While it's been proven many times that iOS developers earn substantially more than Android devs, a new study reveals that Research In Motion's seemingly ill-fated OS may actually lead the pack in this regard.

Analytics firm Vision Mobile claims that the average monthly revenue from a BlackBerry is $3,853, just ahead of Apple's $3,693, and well ahead of $2,735 for Android devs (based on the lower 95% of apps with revenue models). Windows Phone developers make barely $1,000 per month on average.

However, BlackBerry is an overall more divided platform. According to Vision's research, more than half of developers make less than $500 from individual apps, compared with only 35% of iOS developers.

Even so, BlackBerry does hold a decided edge with its lower cost of developing. Building a BlackBerry app costs, on average, just $15,000, compared with well over $20,000 for Android and iOS, according to Vision's study.

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Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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