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Most developers are not making it in the app business... but Android is still king!

The developing craze increases as more programmers learn to build apps, but it turns out the road to success in the business can have more than a fork fork.
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July 21, 2014
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We often hear the success stories from triumphant app developers. Some of these applications generate tens of thousands a month, and sometimes per day! The developing craze builds up as more and more programmers learn to make apps, but it turns out the road to success in the app business can have more than just a single fork.

The latest Developer Economics survey proves most developers live under what is called the “app poverty line”. An app is considered below this line if it makes $500 or less a month. As it turns out, 50% of iOS developers and 64% of Android developers fall under this infamous category.

The business looks even less forgiving when you notice games generate the most revenue. Out of the 33% of the developer population that make games, about 57% are making less than $500 a month per app. As you can see, it’s not that easy to make it in the app developing world, but this doesn’t mean you can’t earn some cash either.

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Even after all this years, the industry continues to expand and the Android platform is doing better than ever. In fact, most developers do utilize Java, Android’s programming language, over other options. 38% of developers seem to prefer using Java, as opposed to Objective-C (iOS’ language) at 24% and C# at 23%.

These numbers only make sense. After all, Android is the biggest platform, also having availability for the most apps. As we can see in this investigation, though, more doesn’t always mean better. It seems our developers are the first to suffer in this equation – as iOS is making developers more money.

Those struggling in this business should look into third-party tools. According to this same study, the use of these tools and a developer’s success are very strongly correlated. Of course, creativity and hard work can trump any numbers or statistics, and we know we have an amazing developer community out there!