The Smartphone App Economy and App Ecosystems

Goldsmith, Ben (2014) The Smartphone App Economy and App Ecosystems. In Goggin, Gerard & Hjorth, Larissa (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), Abingdon, England.

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Abstract

This chapter gives an overview of the smartphone app economy and its various constituent ecosystems. It examines the role of the app store model and the proliferation of mobile apps in the shift from value chains controlled by network operators and handset manufacturers, to value networks – or ecosystems – focused around operating systems and apps. It outlines some of the benefits and disadvantages for developers of the app store model for remuneration and distribution. The chapter concludes with a discussion of recent research on the size and employment effects of the app economy.

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ID Code: 65633
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: apps, smartphones, mobile phone, software development, app stores
ISBN: 9780415809474
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Deposited On: 02 Jan 2014 23:30
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 07:00

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