It was planned to use mobile applications on cell phones, laptops, and any other hand held devices. In today’s century, smartphone apps have become just such a viral thing. In our lives, mobile contact has become so incorporated that we almost feel incomplete if we were to leave our cell phones at home.
Google Play for Android, the App Store for iOS, and the Microsoft Store for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and Xbox One are the three main app stores. Studies show that young adults have the highest adoption rate for smartphones, with around 80% owning a smartphone.
Adults aged 65 and older have also started preferring smartphones over standard mobile phones more and more. Companies such as Blackberry, Apple, and Samsung target young people, adults, and entrepreneurs with their products. These businesses do this by incorporating mobile features that could be required and wanted by customers.
Google Play (formerly referred to as the Android Market) is a global online app store created for Android devices by Google. In October of 2008, it opened. The number of apps downloaded via the Google Play Store reached 50 billion in July 2013, out of over 1 million available apps. As of September 2016, the number of apps available surpassed 2,4 million, according to Statista. About 80% of Google Play Store applications are free to download. In 2015, the store produced 6 billion U.S. dollars in sales.
Not the first app distribution service, Apple’s App Store for iOS ignited the smartphone revolution and launched on July 10, 2008, and registered more than 140 billion downloads as of September 2016. The original AppStore was first introduced to Steve Jobs at NeXTWorld Expo in 1993 by Jesse Tayler As of June 6, 2011, 425,000 applications were available that 200 million iOS users had downloaded. CEO Tim Cook revealed during Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference that the App Store has 650,000 available applications to download and 30 billion apps to download from the app store up to that date.
The Microsoft Store (formerly known as the Windows Store) for its Windows 8 and Windows RT platforms was launched by Microsoft in 2012. Although it can also hold listings for standard Windows 8 compatibility-certified desktop applications, it is mostly used to distribute “Windows Store apps.
Smartphones are such small devices, but in our lives today, these small devices play such an enormous role. Because of how dependent they are on their smartphones, people have become one with their smartphones. Smartphones wouldn’t be what they are today without the invention of the telegraph.