It’s amazing that history can happen in less than a decade but that is exactly the case in the world of mobile applications! In just eight years our abilities to connect, to learn, to shop and to …. to do just about anything have gone from home phones and computers – already evolving at a rapid rate, to the push of a button on a mobile phone or tablet no matter where, no matter when.
“Early in the day we created productivity tools – really the first concept of applications, apps, for Blackberry, Nokia, and Palm before the app store was, and here we are,” said Eric Silverthorn, president of Dallas-area based Semaphore Mobile which posted 12 products to the 2008 opening of the App Store. In the last decade, Semaphore Mobile has developed nearly 400 iPhone products and close to 300 for Android operating systems. “The business is completely different than 10 years ago, than five years ago, and it’s changing all the time.”
Apple’s growth has provided for app usage first on their iPhones and iPod touch utensils, and with introductions of the iPad and iPad Mini, Apple TV, and now the Apple Watch there are now more than 2.2 million iOS applications with a collective more than 140 billion downloads.
Google’s Android OS operating system, provided for on many smartphone, tablets, touchscreen devices, Android TV, Android Auto, and Android Wear – debuted in 2007 with the initiation of the Open Handset Alliance, a group of mobile handset companies, carriers, and developers. In eight years, there are more than 2.7 million apps published and over 50 billion app downloads.
“The visually expectations are different, the capability of devices is so enhanced, and the features and functionality of mobile devices is an everyday development,’ said Silverthorn. “Because of our relationships with Apple and Google we are always kept abreast of new updates and options our team is always a step ahead.”