Mobile applications are commonly made available through aggregators with online stores. However, due principally to the increased availability of smartphones and faster broadband on 3G mobile telecommunications networks, mobile applications are a major growth sector of the information and communications economy.
The mobile service business model has changed dramatically in recent years. In particular, the role of handset and OS providers has become more prominent, and the reliance of third-party developers on network operators for delivery of revenue streams has decreased.
Apps Stores revenue-sharing arrangements with developers, has led to other changes. They reshaped the revenue model with its 70/30 revenue split in favor of developers and the exclusion of network operators from revenue-sharing arrangements for mobile applications, attracting large numbers of new independents software developers (ISV).