If you’re not using mobile apps you might just be alone, or at least will be in five years. According to a new report by research firm In-Stat, the number of users of mobile app stores will quadruple to more than 100 million in the next five years. This boom, according to the report titled “The Apps Store is Born,” is based on the success of the Apple iPhone, which has seen more than 800 million downloads and more than 25,000 apps.
This week BusinessWeek reported that Research in Motion will also launch the Blackberry App World, a third-party application marketplace devoted to Blackberry smartphones. The official announcement is likely to come next week at CTIA.
While we expect a number of apps to also be announced next week, there are a couple new and notable mobile apps available now:
Spearstone DiskAgent – A new smartphone application has been added to the DiskAgent line of products from developer Spearstone. This app will protect mobile devices by allowing users to execute mobile actions, including wiping, disabling or locking them if the handset is lost or stolen. Other features include the ability to “make it ring,” which forces a phone to ring even when set to vibrate – good for those times when a handset is simply misplaced rather than lost – and Lock It, a quick tool to lock the handset from use.
The new line of DiskAgent Mobile apps is currently supported on the BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Palm devices, with a Symbian version planned for later this year. The DiskAgetn Mobile apps are available for $1.95 per device for month, and there is even a 30-day trial offer.
Babelgum Digital TV – Web TV service Babelgum’s new mobile video application has launched with a redesigned Web site, complete with a Flash-based player, and this will allow for fully integrated video for mobile. The “indie” content available will include “Bananaz,” a film by Ceri Levy on the acclaimed virtual band Gorillaz, as well as a weekly mobile video series called “RADAR,” and even an original comedy series titled “Goodnight Burbank: Hollywood Report.” In addition, the service promises to include music exclusives, as well as clips from BBC Comedy. Jolly good stuff!
Ocarina 1.3 – It’s blowing in the wind, or more accurately the iPhone. Smule has released its latest version of the sonic music application for the iPhone, which lets users “play” music by blowing on their handsets while fingering the touchpad. What’s next, the iJam?