App development vs Web development


Ok basically I have good ideas for both but i just need to know where to start. which market is less harsh/competitive and easier to step into and learn the ropes between the two( I know none are easy). I want to start with one where I have a chance of success.

Please not this is an actual startup im planning here, im not just trying to develop something and hope it booms.

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asked Oct 28 '11 at 00:53
I Scotts
152 points
  • what are you asking? – Tim J 12 years ago
  • Should I start with web applications or mobile application, Im asking the people here which market is easier to get into between the two.. – I Scotts 12 years ago
  • that's not the right question to ask. What makes more sense for your business/domain/audience and what are your technical and business skills is the better question? – Tim J 12 years ago
  • lol The thing is i remember reading a lot of people saying you should find a market first then build a business around it. Was that not the way to go? either way I am a programmer so i dont think its about the skills, I just want to know where would be the best place to try out my ideas first. – I Scotts 12 years ago
  • Tim was correct. Figure out your market, and then figure out how to best reach it. Teenage girls are on Android. Corporate execs are on Windows and the web. – Alain Raynaud 12 years ago
  • @AlainRaynaud Do you have a source for your contention on the demographic profile of mobile platform users? – Joseph Barisonzi 12 years ago

4 Answers


Assuming you're done all the right research and you have your idea for product in a market that's hungry... it won't matter where you start.

However, I would recommend to try the market with the fastest "feedback loop" - Where can you do the least amount of work to build a prototype / pilot and get results in the fastest time to know if you're in the right market?

Ensure you build into your product tracking mechanisms... What you're actually trying to do is build a money making machine ... pour $100 into marketing and Get $2000 in sales. You will ONLY know that with proper tracking in place.

answered Oct 31 '11 at 14:07
1,072 points


Whichever you are more passionate about and enjoy coding more.

Your decision of web app vs mobile app won't be the thing that decides if you are successful or not. Your success will be based on execution and to a smaller degree your idea.

answered Oct 31 '11 at 19:30
Joel Friedlaender
5,007 points


I would suggest getting into Blackberry or Windows Development, as they are new and less competitive.

If you want to know where the money is, you can do a salary trend research at:

answered Aug 12 '13 at 04:13
101 points
  • I suspect that Windows development is not new, as you suggest, unless you are talking about geological timeframes. – Steve Jones 10 years ago
  • I am talking about Windows Phone 7 & 8. After Win Mobile 6.5, things changed completely in Windows development. I have a Windows 7.5 (mango) phone and there are really very less apps compared to my other Android phone and/or my iPod. – Happyhardik 10 years ago
  • You can read more here: 10 years ago


There are many frameworks that exist now that let you create web-based apps that are viewable in a browser on a computer or mobile phone. Some frameworks will let you port your existing web apps into packaged Android or iOS apps that users download and install the traditional way.

This would let you deploy an application across several platforms with much less difficulty than making individual apps for each one, although still more complex than targeting a single platform.


answered Oct 28 '11 at 07:14
Jason Sage
103 points

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