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This list of notable digital distribution platforms for mobile devices includes digital distribution platforms that are intended to provide mobile software to mobile devices. For information on each mobile platform and its market share see the operating systems section of mobile operating system and smart phone. For a comparison of development capabilities of each mobile platform can be found in the article mobile development. For cross-platform development see multiple phone web-based application framework. The article mobile software contains other general information.

Operating system-native platforms[edit]

These application market places are native to the major mobile operating systems.

Name Established Status Owner Available apps Download count Installed base Device platform Allows individual developers to publish Developer's cut per sale Developer fees Development tool(s) Free of charge IDE?
Amazon Appstore 22 March 2011 Live Amazon.com 250,908
(July 2014)[1]
Unknown Unknown Fire OS, Android Yes 70% US$99/year
(Waive fee for first year, plus $50 AWS promo code[2])
Amazon Mobile App SDK[3] Yes
App Catalog 6 June 2009 Live Palm/HP 10,002
(December 2011)
[4]
108 million
(August 2011)
[5]
2.6 million
(July 2010)
[6]
webOS[l 1] Yes 70%[7] Free[7] Mojo SDK Yes
App Store 10 July 2008 Live Apple 1,300,000 (480,000 native to iPad)
(9 September 2014)
[8]
50 billion
(Mar 2013)[8]
500 million
[citation needed]
iOS[l 2] Yes 56-71% (varies depending on the developer's country)[9] US$99/year[10] iOS SDK, Xcode Yes (Xcode 4 is free on the Mac App Store and Apple Developer.)
BlackBerry World 1 April 2009 Live BlackBerry 223,601
(26 October 2013) BlackBerry OS, PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 apps
[11]
billion
(May 2012)
[12]
75 million
(Jan 2012)
[13]
BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry Tablet OS, BlackBerry 10 OS[l 3] Yes 70%[14] Free[15] BlackBerry 10 Native SDK (with full POSIX and Qt support), HTML5 Qt4 SDK, Android (via BlackBerry Android Tools SDK), Adobe AIR SDK, BlackBerry OS SDK Yes
Download Fun/Download Catalog 1 October 2002 Closed[16] Danger, Inc./Microsoft Unknown Unknown Unknown Danger OS Yes 40% Free Danger OS SDK[17] Yes
Google Play 22 October 2008 Live Google 1,500,000
(September 2014)[18]
50 billion
(July 2013)[19]
500 million
(June 2012)
[20]
Android[l 4] Yes 70% US$25[21] Android SDK, Android Studio Yes
Firefox Marketplace 6 September 2013 Live Mozilla Foundation 4,132
(July 2014)[22]
Unknown Unknown Firefox OS, Android, Windows Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes
Nokia Store 26 May 2009 Live Nokia 120,000 (August 2012)[23]
17 million/day (October 2012)[23]

~billion (August 2012)[24]

885 million
[citation needed]
Multiple[l 5]

Symbian, MeeGo, Maemo, S40, Nokia X software platform
Yes 70% 1 [25] Qt 4 SDK,[26] Nokia Web Tools,[27] Nokia SDK for Java, Java ME[28], Nokia X services SDK [29] Yes
Windows Phone Store 21 October 2010 Live Microsoft 300,000+
(August 2014)

[30]


billion
(February 2014)
[31] (12 million per day,65 per person)
56 million
(December 2013)[32][33][34][35][36]
Windows Phone[l 6] Yes 70% US$19 for individuals, or US$99 for companies /year/unlimited paid apps and 100 free apps submissions Or

Free for students [37][38] One Registration fee for both of Windows phone Store and Windows Store.

Windows Phone Developer Tools, includes specialty versions of Microsoft Visual Studio, Expression Blend Yes
Windows Store 26 October 2012 Live Microsoft 150,000
(21 March 2014)

[39][40]
Windows Desktop and
Windows Runtime (Windows 8/RT)/ Windows 8.1
Yes with restriction[note 1] 70% that is raised to 80% if developer sales exceeds US$25,000 in a year Individuals: US$19/year or US$0/year for student, Companies:US$99/year . One Registration fee for both of Windows phone Store and Windows Store. Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 or Visual Studio 2012 professional or higher. Visual Studio 2013 Express for Windows 8.1 or Visual Studio 2013 Professional or higher. Yes
Name Established Status Owner Available apps Download count Installed base Device platform Allows individual developers to publish Developer's cut per sale Developer fees Development tool(s) Free of charge IDE?
Notes
  1. ^ Microsoft classifies developer accounts to individual accounts and company accounts. Individual accounts are restricted from using specific app capabilities and cannot list desktop apps in Windows Store, while company accounts do not have this restriction.[41] Microsoft verifies company accounts by contacting the company official, while this is not done for individual accounts.[42]

Third-party platforms[edit]

Third-party platforms are software distribution platforms which are used as alternatives for operating system native distribution platforms. Independent operating systems are software collections which use their own software distribution, customized user interface, SDK and API (except billing API which is related only to application store).

Name Established Status Organizations Available apps Download count Install base Device platform Developer's cut per sale Developer fees Developer Console Development platform(s)
Aptoide October 2010 Live Aptoide 100,000
(Mar 2013)
300 million
(Mar 2013)
10.5 million
(Jan 2013)
Android up to 87.5% Free Unknown Android SDK, Java ME
GetJar 2004 Live GetJar, Accel Partners 257,000
(September 2011)[43]
billion
(September 2011)[43]
Unknown Multiple[44]
Android, BlackBerry OS, Flash Lite, iOS, Java, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows Mobile
N/A Free[44] Unknown Unknown
Handango 2000 Closed PocketGear 190,000[45] Yes Unknown Multiple[l 7]
Android, BlackBerry OS, Palm OS, PSP, Symbian, Windows Mobile
≈42% Free N/A
Handmark 2000 Live Handmark Unknown Unknown Unknown Multiple[l 8]
Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Java, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows Mobile
Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
MiKandi 29 November 2009 Live MiKandi Unknown Unknown 80,000
(December 2009)[46]
Android[47] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Opera Mobile Store March 2011 Live Opera Software 200,000
(January 2014)[48]
700,000 per day
(March 2011)[49]
Unknown Multiple[50]
Android, Java, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile, iOS
70% — Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile; 50% — Java[51] Free[51] Unknown Android SDK, Java ME, S60, BlackBerry SDK, Windows Phone Developer Tools
PocketGear 1999 Closed PocketGear 140,000
(June 2010)[52]
Yes Unknown Multiple
Android, BlackBerry OS, Java, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows Mobile
≈55% Free Unknown N/A
SlideME April 2008 Live SlideME 21,850
(18 March 2014)
Unknown Unknown Android[l 4] 80-98% (varies depending on buyer payment method) Free Unknown Android SDK
SmartAppFinder October 2010 Live SmartAppFinder 12,000
(Jan 2012)
Unknown Unknown Android 70% Free Unknown Android SDK
F-Droid 2010 Live F-Droid Limited 1,878[53] 13,611,571[54] Unknown Android Unknown Free Unknown Android SDK
Name Established Status Organizations Available apps Download count Install base Device platform Developer's cut per sale Developer fees Developer Console Development platform(s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.amazon.com/mobile-apps/b?node=2350149011
  2. ^ https://developer.amazon.com/
  3. ^ https://developer.amazon.com/public/resources/development-tools/sdk
  4. ^ "App Stores:Distimo". Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Official App Catalog App Gallery : Precentral.net". Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "comScore Reports July 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share". Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Developing and Distributing with Palm: Developer Program Details". Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Apple announces 1 million apps in the App Store, more than 1 billion songs played on iTunes radio. The Verge (22 October 2013). Retrieved on 24 November 2013.
  9. ^ "App Store Pricing Matrix". 
  10. ^ Apple Inc. "iOS Developer Program - Apple Developer". Developer.apple.com. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  11. ^ The App World Analytics Website. AppWorldReport.com. Retrieved on 24 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Three Billion and Counting". Blackberry Developer Blog. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Motorola il iDEN (25 June 2010). "RIM Q1 2010 Results - 100 Millionth BlackBerry Served". Intomobile.com. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  14. ^ Duryee, Tricia (19 August 2010). "BlackBerry Takes Larger Cut Of Developer Revenues In Updated App World". mocoNews. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "BlackBerry App World FAQ". Research In Motion. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  16. ^ "» Downloadable Content Goes Away March 2nd - Sidekick 4G / Sidekick LX 2009 / Sidekick 2008 / Sidekick 3 / Hiptop 3". Hiptop3.com. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 27 February 2009. Archived from the original on 27 February 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  18. ^ 1.5 Million Apps are Live on The Google Play Store. WhaTech (19 September 2014). Retrieved on 22 September 2014.
  19. ^ Google Play Passes 50 Billion App Downloads. Mashable.com (18 July 2013). Retrieved on 24 November 2013.
  20. ^ Google Play Store Downloads Surpass 25 Billion. InformationWeek. Retrieved on 24 November 2013.
  21. ^ Developer Registration - Android Developer Help. Support.google.com. Retrieved on 24 November 2013.
  22. ^ https://marketplace.firefox.com/search
  23. ^ a b "Nokia Developer - Global reach statistics". Developer.nokia.com. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  24. ^ "Nokia store passes 11 million downloads a day". All About Symbian. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  25. ^ Nokia Developer - Publishing your app. Publish.ovi.com. Retrieved on 24 November 2013.
  26. ^ Nokia Developer - Qt. Developer.nokia.com. Retrieved on 24 November 2013.
  27. ^ Nokia Developer - Nokia Web Tools. Developer.nokia.com. Retrieved on 24 November 2013.
  28. ^ Nokia Developer - Tools centre. Developer.nokia.com. Retrieved on 24 November 2013.
  29. ^ http://developer.nokia.com/nokia-x/platform-overview
  30. ^ http://www.wpcentral.com/there-are-now-over-300000-windows-phone-apps-available
  31. ^ http://www.winbeta.org/news/there-are-now-over-245000-apps-windows-phone-store
  32. ^ Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 1.7 Percent in 2012. Gartner.com (13 February 2013). Retrieved on 24 November 2013.
  33. ^ http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2482816
  34. ^ http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2573415
  35. ^ http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2623415
  36. ^ http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2665715
  37. ^ http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windowsphone/help/jj206719%28v=vs.105%29.aspx
  38. ^ http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/appbuilder/archive/2013/11/06/unifying-developer-registration-windows-and-windows-phone.aspx
  39. ^ http://www.metrostorescanner.com/
  40. ^ http://www.winbeta.org/news/windows-store-finally-reaches-150000-app-milestone-are-you-impressed
  41. ^ https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj863494.aspx
  42. ^ https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh868184.aspx#account_info
  43. ^ a b http://www.getjar.com/about
  44. ^ a b http://my.getjar.com/site/Developers
  45. ^ http://assets.handango.com/marketing/collateral/HandangoOverview.pdf
  46. ^ Jordan, Jon (9 December 2009). "Android adult-only app store MiKandi launches on a natural high". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  47. ^ Matyszczyk, Chris (29 November 2009). "Droid does, iPhone doesn't: The porn app store". CNET. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  48. ^ Opera Mobile Store passes 100 million usersOpera Software press-release, 28 January 2014.
  49. ^ Leena Rao Opera Launches Appia-Powered Mobile App Store To The PublicTechCrunch, 7 March 2011.
  50. ^ Opera Mobile Store Publisher Portal
  51. ^ a b "Software Distribution Agreement". Opera Software. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  52. ^ http://corp.pocketgear.com/about.html
  53. ^ List of known apks in the F-Droid repository — Run it through "awk '{print $2}' | uniq | wc -l" to get the actual number — 30 January 2014
  54. ^ Downloads data— 30 January 2014
  1. ^ "Palm Developer Network". Developer.palm.com. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Apple Inc. "iOS Dev Center". Developer.apple.com. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "BlackBerry App World Vendor Support". Na.blackberry.com. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Android Developers". Developer.android.com. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Nokia Developer - Your idea. Our tools. Developer.nokia.com (22 February 1999). Retrieved on 24 November 2013.
  6. ^ Windows Phone 7
  7. ^ http://www.handango.com/info/Partner.jsp?storeId=2218
  8. ^ http://www.handmark.com/company/application_developers.php

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