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UK app developers set to rake it in by 2025

The UK’s app economy will be worth no less than £31 billion in a decade’s time, according to some fresh research.

This particular report comes from Apple Annie, and was commissioned by the Financial Times. It showed that throughout 2014, the number of app downloads in the UK rose by 5 per cent – but revenue shot up far more, to the tune of 30 per cent.

Games remain the most popular download (with Candy Crush being the most popular overall), but there was a marked rise in folks downloading media apps for streaming video and music – as more people seek to be entertained on their smartphone and/or tablet.

Olivier Bernard, European vice-president of App Annie, told the FT: “Media apps do particularly well in the UK as well as apps that help stream video, TV and music. But there are starting to be more retailers using apps well, such as Just Eat, Tesco and Adidas.”

News apps have seen a healthy rise, too, with three papers managing to get into the top 10 non-gaming apps by revenue (the Telegraph, Times and Guardian).

Research firm Vision Mobile estimated that app revenue crested £4 billion last year, and will hit £31 billion by the time 2025 rolls around, as we already mentioned – an almost eight-fold increase.

Last month, App Annie announced the launch of a new Usage Intelligence system to provide further in-depth analytics on the top apps, such as usage frequency and retention levels. The system is currently being tested, and expected to go live in Q2 of this year.

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.