The Birth of the Mobile Application Industry
Factors that Contributed to the Rise of Mobile Applications
Mobile Applications have been the new “in” thing in the world of technology throughout the past year and experts predict that the Mobile Application Industry is only expected to grow. It is amazing to observe the effect that mobile app development have already had on society and the way individuals conduct their lives. In the following paragraphs, we will discuss the mobile application industry and the factors that contributed into making it such a dominantly growing industry in the world of high-tech.
The birth of the mobile application industry can be traced to the introduction of Apple’s iPhone and iTunes store which was released in 2007. That was the first time when average consumers started using (in fact, even demanding to use) their mobile devices as a gateway to the Web. In the past, it was claimed that only ‘corporate’ business individuals would use their mobile device for checking updates or email but the iPhone was the first device that truly revolutionized the way the common consumers used their mobile device for more than just voice phone calls.
With new ways to access the World Wide Web, the demand and need for more wireless devices that could offer the same capabilities as a laptop rose to levels never expected. Companies such as Google started developing their own version of Smartphone devices and platform known as Android while Microsoft started working on their new mobile OS known as the Windows Mobile 7.
At the same time, mobile developers realized that they could take mobile World Wide Web capabilities up another level by developing new applications known as “Mobile Applications.” These mobile applications would perform the same functions as web-centric mobile websites would but the layout of these applications would be much more user-friendly, stylish and specifically designed for a mobile devices screen compared to web-centric websites that were designed for a PC/Laptop but were scaled down to fit a mobile device screen.
Within a few months of the iPhone’s release, mobile app developers from all across the world were rushing to be the first ones to create mobile applications that would change the world. Applications for purchasing movie tickets, playing mobile games, having real time navigation, checking news, checking one’s body fat percentage, and so forth started appearing in the market at a rate never imagined.
With the demand for mobile applications and the rise of mobile Smartphone devices, the mobile application industry has taken off similar to how the Dotcom boom exploded in the 90’s. It is hard to predict what the future holds but with so much competition and demand for these mobile applications, it is easy to see that the mobile industry will continue to grow strong and make an impact on the way individuals conduct their lives.