iOS app success is a lottery, the Kindle’s Fire is out + Apple and Samsung are the 99%


Your Friday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

iOS app success is a lottery: 60% (or more) of developers don’t break even (via Ars Technica)
Though the survey’s methodology is a bit on the light side, numerous developers that we spoke to agree that the results—59 percent of apps don’t break even, and 80 percent of developers can’t sustain a business on their apps alone—are close to accurate.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire Sales Fizzle in 2012, Market Share Slips to Third
According to IDC, Amazon’s share dropped from nearly 17% of the tablet market to 4%, with fewer than 700,000 units sold compared to Apple’s 11.8 million.

Visualized: Apple and Samsung occupy the 99 percent… of phone profits (via Engadget)
Financial maven and maker of beautiful graphs Horace Deidu has found that between the top eight mobile phone vendors, Apple and Samsung share 99 percent of the total spoils. Of RIM, LG, Sony (Ericsson), Motorola, Nokia and HTC, only the latter made a profit — claiming that left over one percent.

Nokia sued because Windows Phone is failing [updated] (via BGR)
Complaint Robert Chmielinski, represented by Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, alleges that Nokia’s shift to the Windows Phone platform has not halted its sliding position in the global smartphone market, as the company promised it would. Nokia reported last month that it lost a staggering $1.7 billion in the first quarter of 2012 after losing nearly $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter last year. According to Chmielinski and the class he claims to represent, Nokia violated federal securities laws by telling investors that the switch to Windows Phone would stop the bleeding.

The Yelpification Of Foursquare (via Fast Company)
It’s clear that this is happening, but is it a good thing, and what does it mean for foursquare in 2012?

AT&T’s blame game: We didn’t raise prices; the FCC did (via GigaOM)
The truth is no one forced AT&T to raise prices. AT&T just raised prices because it wanted to. It’s just scapegoating the FCC, whether to make some petty point or to deflect attention away from a good old-fashioned money grab. AT&T had, and still has, plenty of head room to grow its network capacity. Let’s break down why.

Dustin Moskovitz: Y Combinator’s “No Idea” Round Bad for Silicon Valley (via PandoDaily)
People who decide first that they want to be an entrepreneur and then go looking for an idea are getting it the wrong way around, he said. “The only reason you should be an entrepreneur is because that’s the only way the idea will come into the world,” he said.

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

  • The only money in it is writing apps for others on contract. And the greatest would be the “vanity” style apps that big companies give away at no cost. At least you get paid for your time and attempt. Or else it is a total crap shot.

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