Mobile applications may have been foreign before the year 2000 but since then they have skyrocketed in popularity. With the inception of the iPhone the world witnessed a subsequent shift towards “smartphones” while leaving behind traditional cellphones. The most distinguishing feature between the two was the smartphone’s ability to download and run these mobile applications. With Andriod, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and more mobile operating systems that support mobile applications its no surprise that the year 2013 saw more new applications being developed than any year before it. In the recent past mobile computing has actually become more popular than desktop computing, at least when it comes to interacting with the World Wide Web. A stellar graph provided by Flurry Analytics does a great job of illustrating just what I mean.
As you can see, mobile computing is more important than ever and it would do a company well to develop an application that can be used on these mobile platforms as a means of reaching their customers. Another great thing about mobile applications is that they are incredibly versatile. There are literally millions of mobile apps in existence that do a number of amazing things. We have banking apps that allow a user to deposit a check into their account via photo, airline apps that allow passengers to literally download their boarding passes onto their phones and apps that allow you to remote view and control HD cameras all from your phone. This is on top of the innumerable games, social networking apps and music players that are available for download. Mobile applications have come a long way in a short time but there are limitations that we have had to overcome and ones that we still face today. As I address the history of mobile applications I will also cover the technological advances that we have witnessed as well as the problems that I just mentioned.
Blackberry was the first mobile computing platform that allowed for the use of mobile applications. They may get the trophy for being getting there first but Apple’s iPhone changed the way the game was played. The iPhone was so massively popular that it’s users downloaded 1 billion, yes that’s billion with a ‘B’, a mere 8 months after the app store launched. That is a truly staggering statistic and something that is certainly indicative of where the world would be headed. Sure enough after Google introduced they’re app marketplace with the HTC Dream they were able to reach the 1 billion download mark a short year after Apple. Clearly mobile computing and applications were the future of computing and so every phone manufacturer knew they would have to do something to address that fact.
Mobile processing power has made massive leaps in capability since the mid 2000’s. During that time we saw a shift in attention and manufacturer’s started heavily focusing on the development of mobile processers. Since 2007 we’ve seen the introduction of multicore processors and...