Learning How to Make a Smartphone App

Apple's App Store and Google Play have hundreds of thousands of smartphone apps. When it comes to the megabytes, however, apps are tiny things. The average smartphone app takes up about the same amount data as any 3-minute song you can buy on iTunes. 

So how hard is it to create one of these itsy-bitsy pieces of software?

This week on WNYC's New Tech City, Stan Alcorn and Tracey Samuelson — reporters with no programming experience — explore the resources and classes available for wanna-be smartphone app developers.

According to Apple, app developers have received more than $6.5 billion in royalties since the App Store launched in 2007. A report from the Yankee Group estimates that revenues from apps could grow to $97.6 billion by 2016.

But as our intrepid reporters find out, it's not easy money.

"A lot of programmers sort of get frustrated at this whole 'learning to code is easy' movement," says Zach Sims, founder of Codecademy. "It's definitely not easy."