App store, marketplace, play! an analysis of multi-homing in mobile software ecosystems

Sami Hyrynsalmi, Tuomas Mäkilä, Antero Järvi, Arho Suominen, Marko Seppänen, Timo Knuutila

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Multi-homing, a strategy where a developer is publishing products for multiple platforms, is studied in this paper using descriptive analysis. The data of over 850,000 applications and their developers were collected from Apple App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace. The developers publishing for several software ecosystems were then identified. The findings show that multi-homing is utilized by only a small set of developers. In addition, the applications available at several platforms do not seem to differ by the type or the popularity from single-homing applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-72
Number of pages14
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event4th International Workshop on Software Ecosystems, IWSECO 2012 - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: 18 Jun 201218 Jun 2012


  • Application marketplace
  • Multi-homing
  • Software ecosystem


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