Mobile Web Megatrends event – Making money from Appstores – Singapore – April 27 and 28

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Following on the successful Mobile Web Megatrends Berkeley event , we will focus the next event of Mobile Web Megatrends in Singapore at the Singapore Management University at on April 27 and 28. More on this event soon but it will talk about practicalities of Appstores iPhone, RIM, Nokia and Android and will be based on ‘Show me the money’. Hopefully, we can make another Trism which made $250,000 profit in three months. Please register at Mobile Web Megatrends to know more

A long time ago, when I first started the OpenGardens blog, I said that if the Mobile Data Industry would have a patron saint, it should be Jerry Maguire(Show me the money!) .

While 2008 was a bad year for economies globally, it was undoubtely the year of the iPhone Appstore ..

Gerry Maguire would be pleased since developers keep 70% of the revenue from the Appstore applications!

We saw the first glimpses of the power of applications on the Web with facebook applications. Initially, when Facebook opened up to applications, we got Sheep, Vampire baiting and virtual drinks

But things have moved on since then ..

Today Facebook has an interesting model – where they are launch verified applications and expect at least 10% of the 48,000 applications currently available to eventually become Verified Apps

With mobile applications, iPhone led the way.

For years, I(and a few other analysts) have been speaking about the significance of a viable ecosystem (the whales and the plankton model) – and yet it took us a relative outsider(in Apple) to demonstrate the consumer and business significance of applications. (consumers downloaded more than 10 million iPhone applications within the App Store’s first three days and 60 million in the first month, a $21 million windfall for Apple’s developer partners ).

There have been a proliferation of paid iPhone apps and now Android Market is also introducing its own paid applications

And ofcourse, within a very short time, we have moved a long way past the sheep and the vampires with 5$ iPhone game Trism having made $250,000 profit in just three months

Other smartphone plaforms like Nokia(Download!) RIM(Blackberry application storefront), Qualcomm BREW, Palm(Mobile Software Store), Sony Ericsson and Microsoft are all following suit alongwith sites like Getjar and Handango

What is special about the Appstores?

The components that comrprise an appstore already existed in isolation i.e. Application discovery(on and off device), Provisioning, Billing and distribution.

So, whats new now?

a) The recognition that developers are important alongwith a viable revenue share for developers

b) A rich platform/device features

c) But most importantly, an integrated ecosystem plus marketplace which is global, driven by the Web and cross operator(but partnering with operators). Very much like the iPhone Appstore

This is truly a vibrant ecosystem which spans the Web and the Mobile ecosystems – and one on all the players in the value chain benefit.

Following on the successful Mobile Web Megatrends Berkeley event , we will focus the next event of Mobile Web Megatrends in Singapore at the Singapore Management University at on April 27 and 28. More on this event soon but it will talk about practicalities of Appstores iPhone, RIM, Nokia and Android and will be based on ‘Show me the money’. Hopefully, we can make another Trism which made $250,000 profit in three months. Please register at Mobile Web Megatrends to know more

Ps: My good friend C Enrique Ortiz has also just posted an excellent entry on the same topic

Mobile Apps in 2009: Local/Native, Mobile Web, App Stores