There are 12 million mobile developers worldwide, and nearly half develop for Android first

Andy Boxall | October 7, 2016

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The latest estimates say there are 12 million mobile app developers worldwide, representing more than half of the total global developer community, and almost half focus their attention on Google Android. The total number of developers is expected to reach 14 million by 2020.

There are 12 million mobile developers globally, representing half of the total community

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This is according to Evans Data and its new Global Development Population and Demographics Study, which also reveals that when it first started tracking developer numbers back in 2006, there were just two million mobile developers.

Janel Garvin, Evans Data CEO, said:


“Mobile development has really become ubiquitous. Mobile devices are everywhere, but while most modern applications support mobile devices, not all developers are working on the client target side. Some are server or backend oriented or are concentrating more on the application logic or more and more on newer machine learning implementations, so watching the number of mobile developers move from just under two million ten years ago to 12 million today just provides a reflection of the use of mobile devices today.”

The report also looks at which platforms developers are concentrating on. Android comes out on top, with 5.9 million developers considering Google’s platform as their number one choice, and 2.8 million concentrating on Apple’s iOS. It’s noted most developers write for multiple platforms.

In Asia Pacific, 2.2 million mobile developers focus on Google’s Android operating system first, with only 500,000 addressing Apple’s iOS before anything else. It’s a reversal in North America, where iOS gets attention first, and the gap between the two is more than 200,000.

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