So, are there really apps for everything? It makes a history buff such as this reporter consider that about 110 years ago the United States Patent Office considered closing shop because it believed everything that could be invented had been invented. Obviously, smartphones are just one device that those “insightful” folks at the patent office couldn’t see coming.
But are there really apps that could be coming that we can’t imagine? According to a new report released this week from GetJar, the second largest mobile app store, apps are going to really take off and downloads could climb to about 50 billion in 2012, up from 7 billion in 2009. This could generate about $17.5 billion in revenue for the mobile app market says GetJar, up from about $4 billion at the end of last year.
“The global market for wireless applications will soon be worth more than the market for traditional music,” said Patrick Mork, head of marketing for GetJar. “That’s pretty significant when you think the market barely existed a couple of years ago, and now it’s expected to grow to more than $17 billion by 2012.”
GetJar isn’t alone in this prediction either. A recent Gartner report predicted that revenue from mobile apps could quadruple between 2010 and 2013.
So what is going to drive this you ask? One part of the equation is smartphones. The iPhone has more than 150,000 apps, and it recently surpassed 3 billion downloads. Even given the fact that Apple is beginning to crack down on “cookie cutter” apps, there is still a lot out there. Next, Android as a handset it really kicking into high gear and in just a year and half since the release of the first handset running the Google operating system there are now 30,000 apps. Likewise, other smartphones, including BlackBerry and Palm are pushing for apps; and apps were the main show from Microsoft at a press demo for the Windows Phone 7 Series.
And with smartphones come data plans. Currently, in the United States alone, about 25 percent of subscribers are utilizing a data plan, and that number is expected to grow to about 60 percent in 2012. Carriers such as AT&T and Verizon (the two largest carriers in the U.S.) are also pushing data plans on consumers, adding another reason to get with the apps.
Finally, beyond the numbers apps are gaining because you can do more with apps. While there are plenty of silly and useless apps, there are so many apps that are actually quite useful. Apps increase business productivity, make it easy to do work on the road, and are quite helpful when you need a distraction with your phone. Now we just have to wait and see if those apps will really deliver something that we couldn’t quite manage to imagine today.
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