Today our lives move towards mobile applications. Whether we need to wake up in the morning or do a quick meditation or navigate the route to client’s office
About the first Smartphone
The first smartphone in 1994 was IBM’s Simon, the first ever smartphone launched in 1994. There was no app store, but the phone came pre-loaded with several apps like Address Book, Calculator, Calendar, Mail, Note Pad, and Sketch Pad.
These things weren’t called ‘apps’ back then
They were generally referred to as features found in the ‘Mobile Office’ section of the phone.
And, then came the era of ‘qwerty keypad’
In 2002, RIM lifted the game of smartphones and mobile apps with the launch of BlackBerry 5810.
Apps were not fancy but they did quite a lot
The pre-loaded features of the phone, such as small arcade games, ringtone editors, calculators, calendars, to-do lists, sketchpad and so forth, are all ancestors of the apps we all know and love today.
Then came the first iPhone
In June 2007, Apple released its first iPhone which changed the game of mobile industry. The iPhone came with pre-loaded default apps like Maps, Photos, Text and Weather.
Third-party apps are welcome
The moment which revolutionized the tech industry and made a way for mobile-first startups. Ahead of the launch of iPhone 3G, Apple announced its plans to introduce an iPhone software development kit for app development companies.
App Store went LIVE
In July 2008 the Apple’s App Store went live. On launch day the marketplace featured 500 apps. “Developers can easily reach every single iPhone user through App Store.”
10 million downloads in one week
“The App Store is a grand slam, with a staggering 10 million applications downloaded in just three days,” - Steve Jobs.
First few apps on the App Store
More than 800 native applications were available on the App Store, with more than 200 apps offered for free and more than 90% priced at less than $10.
Google followed suit and launched Google Play – ‘An evolution of Android Market’
In 2012, Google took a huge step in bringing all of its content arms under one roof — Google Play. It rebranded Android Market, Google Music, Google Books, and many other google apps into one single marketplace.
Apps for every gadget
Apps soon became a part of all our gadgets, be it tablets or our personal computers. In fact, few apps became a bigger hit on bigger screens
Apps started reaching millions of downloads in few days
Draw something, a Pictionary-inspired game reached around 1 million users in nine days
The app games we played
Breaking the figures down, an incredible 63% of IOS revenue was generated through games with Candy Crush Saga, Temple Run 2, and the ubiquitous Angry Birds apps all raking it in.
When apps went beyond mobile phones
With 2 billion downloads in the four years, Angry Birds game is a household name. The app has got its own merchandise and is even coming out with a movie.
Short-form videos and photos over text
Snapchat, Vine and Instagram started receiving more downloads than Facebook. Snapchat’s founders even got an acquisition offer for a whopping $3 billion.
Apps started making people millionaires, started buying other apps
Facebook started the spending spree by buying Instagram for $1 Billion. Most of the apps started making money with ads and in-app purchases.
When apps came out of pockets and reached our wrists
Let’s be clear, without apps, there’s little reason to buy those wearables.
Apps are everywhere, even in our homes
There are apps for home systems, to control temperature, control the lights, manage security etc.
Apps can do everything and make you do almost everything
There are some apps for eating, drinking, sitting, standing and almost everything you do. They can even sense, feel, and touch
The startups got bigger, thanks to apps
Tech startups are the hottest in the start-up space. Actually, Tech entrepreneurs are the most influential people in the world today.
So, what are the predictions?
TechCrunch predicts that in future more than 44 billion apps will have been downloaded and ‘app-to-person messaging should overtake text messaging.
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