Global Mobile App Consumption to Exceed 58 Trillion Hours, Revenue Reaching $2 Trillion

Mobile consumers are growing by the second and a new industry forecast for mobile apps is shedding light on what the future holds for the industry.

With many users predicted to spend close to 58 trillion hours with such platforms, you cannot help but wonder what is in store for the future as we approach 2030.

The latest app report complied by DataAI displaying the market forecast says app spending via App Stores is expected to attain growth by more than 267% in this decade.

The fact that the economy for apps started nearly 15 years back means we’ve come a long way when we put all of this into perspective. Remember good old Steve Jobs from Apple? He shared his insights on how he predicted the industry to become a massive billion-dollar place in the future.

His predictions from 2008 have indeed come to life as the mobile app economy is predicted to produce more than $2 trillion by 2030. This is a more than 123% rise from the past decade and clearly shows progress. Did we mention how it would put more focus on apps than what was seen in the past?

The forecast goes on to reveal how people spending hours on mobile apps would cross the 58 trillion mark which is nearly 16 billion hours every single day! How’s that for some remarkable stats?

Apps are not only useful but today, they’re greatly used for providing entertainment and utilities. This also reflects the increased amount in direct spending and does not take into consideration the huge sums of funds earned through ads taking place on apps. Shockingly, hat managed to hit the $362 billion mark in just 2023 alone.

It’s a positive finding and displays how the app economy is working robustly and removed the only shortcomings we saw in the past. That again arose thanks to more inflation, changes to privacy, and the world reeling from the aftermath of the pandemic that really struck hard.

As a result, direct spending witnessed a 2% decline but thankfully it did not last long. Apps started to pull in a massive $171 billion in terms of consumption.

Today, experts at Sensor Tower feel strongly about mobile weathering the storm as they give rise to client transformation. By 2030, it would be predicted to unlock trillions.

What more did this forecast explain? We’ve summarized the main pointers for our readers below.

When we look at app history, games were raking in huge sums of revenue and it really managed to bring in huge bucks. After all, a lot of users are gamers and they’re very passionate about this, paying a lot of money to fulfill their cravings and hobbies related to more entertainment. This led to more gaming events and the arrival of customized avatars.

But the future says that apps will soon overtake games in terms of downloads as more consumers will spend on the former than the latter. So by the end of this decade, you can expect a rise in yearly spending on apps, hitting the 50% mark.

Spending on short video platforms will be doubling too, another leading mention in the forecast for mobile apps. This does not come as a huge surprise because the worldwide demand for mobile devices as well as affordability for data has led to a widespread increase in demand for apps featuring Shorts. Predictions for short video content to grow by 120% by the end of 2023 were also highlighted by analysts.

We already know how short videos are doing great for apps like Instagram and YouTube. They’re a key source of revenue and keen interest for the masses. As far as the number of hours that were spent is concerned, we could see that go beyond the 4.8 trillion hour mark in 2030, which is more than the total time being spent in these places two years back.

But which markets are growing faster than others and will reign supreme by the end of the decade? Well, experts predict that those nations having developing markets will attain the most growth and give rise to the most dramatic figures for spending, downloads, and even attention.

Countries featuring markets that are developed like China and Japan, the USA, and Korea would spend the most but that’s not where the fast-paced growth will arise from. Instead, places like Central and South America as well as Africa will contribute to the highest growth figures. interesting, isn't it?

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