Who are the top mobile app developers

The 10 most important mobile app developers and takeover candidates

According to GlobalWebIndex, the Google Maps map software was the most widely used app worldwide in the previous year, followed by Facebook and YouTube. But Instagram and WhatsApp also made it into the top 10 most used apps.

Instagram and WhatsApp have now been taken over by Facebook. For WhatsApp, Facebook even put an incredible US $ 19 billion on the table - the most expensive takeover in the mobile app world to date.

But this should only be the beginning. According to the investment bank Digi-Capital, annual sales of US $ 70 billion will be generated via mobile apps as early as 2017. Investors can also benefit from this trend by relying on the right app developer at an early stage. This is the top 10 potential takeover candidates.

10. Lookout Mobile Security

Lookout is a US company that specializes in securing smartphones and tablets. For this purpose, Lookout offers the app of the same name for Android and iOS, which has now been downloaded more than 50 million times. Lookout, based in San Francisco, has a cooperation with Deutsche Telekom. The app has been preinstalled on all Telekom devices since the end of 2012.

9. Flipboard

The California-based Flipboard operates a news magazine of the same name that collects content from social media and prepares it accordingly. Flipboard was voted iPad App of the Year in 2010. The Flipboard app has already been installed more than 100 million times worldwide. Google is said to have submitted a takeover offer as early as 2010, but Flipboard declined.

8. Snapchat

Snapchat is a popular instant messenger with around 30 million active users. Via Snapchat, users can send photos and short video clips that then destroy themselves. According to Snapchat, SnapChat users send around 700 million photos and videos a day. According to US media reports, Facebook is said to have offered US $ 3.0 billion (€ 2.23 billion) for Snapchat, but Snapchat turned it down and Facebook failed with the planned takeover.

7. Square

The US company Square is a leader when it comes to mobile payments via smartphones. The San Francisco-based company markets both the corresponding App Square Register and associated hardware. Square was founded in 2009 by Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey. According to US media reports, Google and Apple are said to be interested in Square, with Square executives said to have demanded more than US $ 8 billion (€ 5.95 billion).

6. Spotify

Spotify is arguably the most popular music streaming service in the world. The Swedish company is now available in many countries with its app of the same name and recently had more than 10 million paying subscribers worldwide. According to its own information, the company has a total of more than 40 million active users in 56 countries. Google is said to have inquired about a takeover, the requested purchase price of 4 to 5 billion US dollars (2.97 to 3.72 billion euros) was apparently too high for the Internet company.

5. MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is considered the most popular fitness app in the Apple App Store. The app already has more than 50 million users, which is supposed to help people reduce their weight and count calorie consumption. The app is also compatible with most fitness trackers (FitBit etc.). Venture capitalists like Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers are eagerly investing in the company in hopes of a lucrative exit.

4. Pandora Media

Pandora Media is the largest and most popular Internet radio station in the United States by market share. The company, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, has so far left Apple (iTunes Radio) well behind. The Pandora Radio App is one of the most popular music apps ever. The number of active users reached more than 76 million at the end of 2013. Takeover talks are said to have already taken place with Comcast and Microsoft.

3. Kik Messenger

After WhatsApp was taken over by Facebook, Kik Messenger is one of the few top messengers that is still in private hands. The free app is used by over 100 million users, although the messenger is mainly used by a younger audience (11 to 15 years of age)

2. Evernote

Evernote is the # 1 app when it comes to taking notes. Evernote offers a free version and an extended paid service. In May 2014, Evernote exceeded 100 million users worldwide. To date, Evernote has raised $ 225 million (€ 167 million) in venture capital through various financing rounds.

1. Dropbox

Dropbox is arguably the most popular cloud storage service for smartphones and tablets. Using the app of the same name, data can be stored in the cloud and exchanged between different devices and people. At the end of 2013, Dropbox exceeded the mark of 200 million users worldwide, and Dropbox already serves more than 4 million business customers. Apple is said to have made a takeover offer in 2011, but this was rejected by Dropbox.

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