When you sit down at a local restaurant for a meal, stop by Starbucks for a coffee, or even when you stroll through your local mall – you will notice people actively using applications on their smart phones or tablets. It’s the world we live in. The mobile age has been prevalent for quite some time, but since the advent of smart phones and tablets, the adoption of these technologies have been explosive in comparison to the first cell phones and laptops. In fact, we are seeing that more individuals, families, and even companies are moving away from big, over-sized desktop computers and standard mobile phones and are moving to compact laptops, tablets and smartphones. Why? Mobility, ease of use, and downloadable apps. Everyone is app crazy. In fact, there is a move on a corporate enterprise level to adopt this mobile hardware – scaring the hell out of IT managers world wide.
While this certainly isn’t an earth shattering revelation to many of the readers of IMG, what is interesting to note is the growth, expansion and social integration of apps and how sophisticated they are becoming since Apple rolled out the first iPhone 5 years ago, the iPad soon after and the appearance of the Android army of handsets and tablets. Clicksoftware has released a really nice inforgraphic that summarizes the state of applications and coined it – The Great App-splosion. Check out some of these points of interest.
- By 2015 mobile app development projects will outnumber native PC projects 4 to 1
- There have been 85 Billion apps downloaded
- Of all the apps developed in 2012, over 80% will be integrated with social media