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Dan Swinhoe (Global) - The App Revolution: How this Varies By Market
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"The iPad2 is equivalent to a 1986 Cray II supercomputer. It was the pre-eminent computer in the world. In 1993 the iPad2 would have b een considered one of the 30 fastest computers in the world." George Colony, CEO, Forrester Needless to say, computers have got a lot b etter in recent years. The age-old theory that processing doub les every 18 months and storage doub les every 12 months, all the while b ecoming cheaper means that our handheld devices now contain even greater potential than ever b efore. Much of this potential is b eing channelled through apps, and with sales of smartphones having now surpassed 1 b illion this year, this isn't a trend that will b e dissipating anytime soon. App culture has b ecome ub iquitous; Google's Our Mob ile Planet series shows featured app stats for a variety of countries, including who has the most, who can't live without them, and the free/paid for ratio. According to the stats, Japan is the most appy', b ut Germany is amongst the most keen to pay. But whichever country you view the stats for, the numb ers point to more apps b eing used b y more people - b oth app use and development have spread like wildfire across the world.

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Mob ility Management Cib ecs Security IT Infrastructure According to 148apps, the Apple store has 719,452 apps availab le, and to b uy them all would set you b ack a hefty $1,307,715.69. Unsurprisingly, Angry Birds Star Wars is currently dominating the App store charts. By the end of the year, over 45 b illion apps will have b een downloaded - around 15 b illion of those from Google, b ut you can expect Android to take the majority share in 2013 due to the sheer numb er of devices b eing sold using the search engine's OS. Microsoft's own appstore is yet to make significant inroads in any market b ut, depending on the success of its Surface tab let this could well change after Christmas. Mob ile Phones Regional Content IT skills Data Management Data Security Social Media Mob ile App Store Downloads, Worldwide, 2010-2016 (Millions of Downloads) Venafi Computing Cloud ILX Group Data CAMM Internet ISACA IT Skills Brocade Media Social Epicor Software Other Gerdau SA Trends CIO East Africa eDevelopment Resource Centre

For all the talk ab out different capab ilities and functions smartphones and tab lets have, app metrics for b oth iOS and Android say the same thing; people like games. In all the charts, no matter what system or country, games feature heavily in b oth free and paid for. There are exceptions, e.g. Whatsapp, Youtub e or Faceb ook, b ut the charts seem to say procrastination is the name of the game. Gartner predicts that free apps will account for 89% of those downloads, b ut that doesn't mean there's no money to b e made or value that can b e found from the app revolution. Several of the most expensive apps availab le, a few coming in at an expenses form-b usting $999.99, are b usiness-related - cashier systems, agricultural, resource-recycling, process analyzers, even veterinary diagnostic helpers, are availab le. There's all sorts of b usiness apps - from large scale monitoring, military-grade phone encryption, or even smaller ones to keep track of ideas and expenses. And that's just off-the-shelf. UK Prime Minister David Cameron is currently testing his new Numb er 10 Dashb oard', a new government mob ile app that keeps track of data for housing, job s, polls, and other info politicans need to try and do their job properly. It's due to b e rolled out throughout Whitehall next year, and DC even plans to show it off to Barrack Ob ama at the next G8 Summit.

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Custom-app b uilding continues to grow, today's estimates putting the average cost of development at around $3040,000. According to a report b y Appaccelerator, Apple has b ecome the chosen platform for enterprise app development, with 53.2% of developers picking iOS for corporate app development. Does all this point to the death of the web , and the rise of the app-internet'? While it's true many companies are moving away from web towards an app-b ased culture -Google thrives on the web b ut hasn't stopped its march towards Android & apps - so don't start measuring the casket yet. In the same way some experts talk ab out the death of the PC despite there still b eing life in the old monitor yet, the internet isn't going anywhere soon. While things such as social media and certain b usiness software are now fully-apped, other areas are still a while off. For example media outlets are still struggling to cope with apps (web is still a struggle for many), while the largest programs - CAD/CAM and other large engineering/graphics programs simply are too b ig and complex for apps and mob ile devices. At least for now. What's your view? Is the internet dying? Does your company embrace the app? All this talk of Apps got your downloading finger twitching? There's an app for that! Try our IDG Connect app- get our b log straight to your mob ile device By Dan Swinhoe, Editorial Assistant, IDG Connect,

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