Mobile application development is one of the fastest growing businesses because of the large number of smart phones being sold. Besides Blackberry apps there are also programs for Droids and iPhones. These portable devices are easy to use and allow users to customize the settings and features.
Specialized development companies have software that provides users with templates to create their own programs to share with friends. The templates are for video games, quizzes or gifts. The companies charge for the templates or take a portion of the revenue generated by the programs. The more the users promote their own creations the more money they can make.
Consumers increasingly access their smart phones to compare prices while they are out shopping. They connect to the internet and then browse through popular shopping sites. If they find a better price they can order the item online or physically go to the other store. Consumers are increasingly becoming more aware of prices.
Cell phone applications can tap into the GPS system in the device to give out the exact location of the phone. The owner of the phone downloads a special program allowing his friends to know where he is and what he is doing. Location programs are becoming more popular, despite earlier concerns they may be an invasion of privacy. Phone owners can opt out of using them at any time if they have worries about someone following them.
Parents use the GPS system to keep track of their children. They can set up virtual boundaries on the app so it alerts them when their child crosses that line. Cell phone companies offer the service for an extra charge as a way to make more revenue.
Business owners can develop a Blackberry app for their store or restaurant. It appears as an icon on the phone and when it is selected the products sold at the store or the menu appear. The user is easily able to quickly select what they want.
Cell phones are increasingly becoming more sophisticated with more chip memory and other features. They are able to download applications needing more hard drive storage space. The phones also have more computing power and their computing speed is getting faster with every new model.
The software programs are being designed for one of the biggest group of users – teenagers. Many youngsters of this age enjoy apps that let them play games against each other. They also like to share their wins and losses with their friends. They can link their social media profiles with apps on their phones to easily stay informed about the latest developments in their circle of friends.
Many cell phone owners treat the devices as miniature computers. They synchronize the phones to the programs on their laptops, PCs or Macs. They carry in their pockets and purses the same information, games, photos and videos that are in the devices at their homes and offices.
Mobile application development is an open market. Any computer programmer with the necessary skill is able to write and sell their intellectual property. Big companies no longer have a corner on the tools needed to produce the products. It is a democratic economic environment open to everyone.