Having a mobile app for your business has become something vital nowadays. If you are planning to launch a new mobile app, it’s always a good idea to do some market research first. Wondering where to begin your research? The best place to start your mobile app research is the app stores of major mobile operating systems. The Google Play store has 2.2 million apps available to choose from and Apple’s app store is not far behind with 2 million apps. There is a lot of valuable data available with the app listings like the category, star rating, user review, download count, app id, and developer information. If you want to do thorough research
on the smartphone apps market, this data is all you need to acquire.
Although manually checking the features and details of a top few apps are easy, it won’t give you the necessary insights and big picture. Manually collecting the data is no more a feasible option since the number of apps out there is in millions. This is where web scraping technologies come to the rescue. Web scraping is the technique of programming automated web crawlers to crawl and extract data available on the web. Web scraping can be used to extract any publicly accessible data on the web. The extracted data is stored in a document file that can be later used for analysis.