With app markets having an outstanding number of applications and the apps developing by leaps and bounds, we may wonder sometimes – how did apps become so popular in our lives? Even though apps have gained their popularity only in the last decade, their history dates back to 1983 and Steve Jobs’s prediction of a software-distribution center that would allow systems to be purchased via phone lines. In today’s post we will track the fascinating history of mobile applications.
When it comes to discussing the development of apps, it is important to define what mobile application actually is. Techopedia.com provides the following definition:
”A mobile application, most commonly referred to as an app, is a type of application software designed to run on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet computer. Mobile applications frequently serve to provide users with similar services to those accessed on PCs. Apps are generally small, individual software units with limited function. (…)”
The very beginning
The first apps launched in 1998 on the Psion Epoc Computer, which used Symbian operating system. At first apps were designed to be used for general productivity and information retrieval: you could use them to manage your emails, calendar or access weather information. Due to high demand developers started creating apps in other categories – social media apps, mobile games, educational apps and many more appeared.
The first stores with applications
In July 2008 the Apple App Store launched, one year after the release of the first iPhone. At the beginning it had only 500 apps, of which 25% were for free. Despite the limited choice, the popularity of the store was phenomenal and the store was stormed by people: in the first weekend ten million applications were downloaded. After a few months, in October, the Android Market went live with as many as 50 apps. In the meantime the App Store expanded rapidly: in November 10,000 apps were available. The Android Market did not rest on their laurels either – in March its users could choose from 2,300 applications. On April 2009 Blackberry App World went live and in May Ovi store of Nokia launched. The Windows Phone Marketplace launched relatively late, comparing to other stores – in October 2010 becoming the fifth major distributor of mobile applications. In July 2011 the Android Market had more than 250,000 thousands apps, Blackberry more than 37,100, 28,000 apps were avaiable at Marketplace and Ovi Store offered over 83.000 apps.
7 things you probably didn’t know about apps
- The average iPhone user spends $80 on apps
- The most popular app of all time is Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D
- In 2010 the word ”app” was listed as ”Word of the Year” byt the American Dialect Society.
- 23% children used kids apps on advanced mobile gadgets regularly, but more than half of them could not even tie their own shoelace
- 98 % of apps in Apple App Store are primarily in English or have English translation
- The store with the lowest number of kids apps is Ukraine with 77,286 apps
Thanks for reading and see you next week!
Magdalena| Appetite For Education
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