More than 1000 developers were surveyed for InMobi’s State of Mobile App Developers 2016 report. And if you're sitting down, we'd like to pass along the results of the survey. The average Windows Phone developer made more than twice what the average Android code jockey grossed in a month. Shocked? There's more. That same average Windows Phone developer took in 50% more than the average iOS developer.
Despite those numbers, 86% of the developers wrote for Android, 56% for iOS and just 21% did their thing for Windows Phone. Yet, the latter developers grossed on average $11,400 per month. The monthly figures for Android and iOS were $4900 and $8100 respectively. 49% of the Windows Phone developers take in more than $10,000 a month. 45% of Android developers reach that number while 53% of iOS users gross that amount.
How can Windows Phone developers out gross iOS and Android developers writing for a platform that very few actually use?' InMobi says that Windows Phone developers have less competition making it easier for users to discover their apps.
"Since Windows has only a niche audience, the app store is not as fragmented as the Android and iOS counterparts. Hence app discoverability is way easier and the competition among apps is much lesser. Thus developers on the Windows App Store seem to enjoy the highest monthly revenue."-InMobi
Windows Phone developers are mostly optimistic about the future. 28% expect their business to grow over the next three years, while 16% expect it to shrink. 75% of Android app writers expect their business to grow during the same time period versus the 19% who expect it to decline. 61% of those writing for iOS are bullish about the next three years; 25% are bearish.
Check out some data from the survey by clicking on the slideshow below.