12 million mobile app developers in 2016. Expected to surpass 14 million by 2020

Evans Data’s “Global Development Population and Demographics Study”, reports that the number of mobile app developers has increased by more than five times to 12 million globally. Evans Data began measuring developers participating in mobile application development back in 2006. In 2006 there were about 2 million developers building mobile apps. The 12 million developers focused on building mobile apps is more than half of the estimated total worldwide developer population of 21 million. You can count me as one of the mobile application developers. I have four mobile devices that I use for development: iPhone 6, iPad Pro tablet, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Nexus 7 tablet.

12 million mobile app developers in 2016

“Mobile development has really become ubiquitous” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data. “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 back-end 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 10 years ago to 12 million today just provides a reflection of the use of mobile devices today.”

Darryl Taft, eWeek, writes about the mobile application developer growth trend in his October 5, 2016 article “Mobile Developer Ranks Reach 12M, to Top 14M by 2020“. Darryl, who I’ve known and talked with for so many years I’ve lost count, also mentions in the article that I’ve joined Evans Data. Darryl writes, “Meanwhile, in something of a coup in terms of beefing up its in-house developer chops, Evans Data recently hired developer relations guru David Intersimone—also known as ‘David I’ – as vice president of Developer Communities.”

Evans Data Strategic Research Reports

You can read more about Evans Data’s “Global Developer Population and Demographic Study 2016” at http://www.evansdata.com/reports/viewRelease.php?reportID=9. For a complete list of Evans Data strategic research reports go to http://www.evansdata.com/research/strategic_development_research.php

Global Developer Population and Demographic Study incl. mobile app developers


Hats On to you, Darryl! He, and others who know him, will understand what I mean. Keep up the great developer reporting!

David I.


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