In the past couple of years we have witnessed tremendous growth in mobile users all over the world as the entry of smartphones in the market at affordable prices has triggered their usage. We have experienced a major shift in the way we access the internet today with mobiles becoming the primary access point for internet usage. In today’s fast paced world, phones are not just used for calling, playing games etc. but with smartphones we can schedule our complete day, check emails, make conference calls, connect using social network and a perform a host of other activities.
The growth of mobile phone market has generated a huge demand for various mobile applications. Numerous mobile phone applications are available that simplify various tasks for the users due to which we saw an accelerated growth of software/application development for mobile devices. Mobile application development is the course of action by which application software is designed and developed for hand-held devices like mobile phones, personal digital assistants, etc.
Earlier mobile developers faced many difficulties while writing applications as they had to build better, unique, competing and hybrid applications which would incorporate command tasks like messaging, contact list and calling in a user friendly manner. The launch of Android smartphones in the market brought a revolution in Mobile Application Development. If you have some basic knowledge about scripting and coding you can start building your own applications. Mobile Application Development was never as easy as it is now.
Every mobile phone vendors/proprietary platforms like Android, Apple iPhone OS, RIM Blackberry OS, Bada OS, Symbian OS provide their own SDK (Software Development Kit) to the developer. Developers can create applications using this kit. Developers are also provided a space/place/market where they can publish their creations to the world.
Considering the current market trends online businesses like web hosting, shopping, job portals, etc. have developed mobile applications for their clients to provide better services. As per market research experts there were 8.2 billion mobile app downloads in 2010 globally and is expected to reach 76.9 billion in 2014 which will be worth US $35 billion.