We all know that one of the deciding factors looked at when deciding which smartphone platform is for you is the amount of applications that are available. And for many users it is not only the number, but rather the quality of the apps that can make a platform great. Android is quickly becoming a platform to be reckon with on the app front, and the increasing growth of users is a driving force. The “openness” of the platform also does it’s fair share at attracting new developers. If you take a trip to the Google Market you will see that new apps are being developed everyday, and of course this means that the number of downloads is increasing at the same or greater speeds. Analysts are always looking to the future and making predictions about the growth of just about everything. Recently IDC conducted a looks into the mobile application market and has predicted some very interesting numbers.
This IDC study forecasts annual mobile app downloads to increase from 10.9 billion in 2010 to nearly 76.9 billion in 2014 as developers create apps for virtually every aspect of a mobile user’s personal and business lives. In addition to booming adoption of smartphones around the world, new connected device categories including media tablets, eReaders, portable media players, consumer electronics, TVs, automobiles, and eventually even PCs will all contribute to the enormous growth of mobile apps.
The truly interesting part of this is that they are not limiting the study to mobile phones, but rather looking at all forms of consumer electronics that can prosper from the “applification” of their devices. There is no doubt that mobile application downloads will continue to grow as long as the technology is mainstream, and I am nopt very surprised by the numbers that they are predicting. In the end only time will tell on whether or not these prove to be true, but my money is riding on yes!
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