THE RADICAL CHANGES internet has brought to mankind has pushed the need to place convenience at the tip of our fingers and on our palms. Hence, comes the birth of the mobile applications used in various smartphone models from different makers followed by its proliferation in the global market. With all sorts of entertainment, security, commerce and banking, shopping, online education, and gaming, etc. readily available on our palms, it is a no-brainer that smartphone users are growing in numbers dramatically.
According to a survey conducted by Statista, there is a steady increase of smartphone users globally in a span of 6 years beginning 2014. It started with 1.57 billion global users in 2014. It increased to 1.86 billion in 2015. It continued to increase to 2.1 billion in 2016 and 2.32 billion in 2017. As of this year, it is currently at 2.53 billion and it is projected to further soar high in the next two years with a projection of 2.71 billion users in 2019 and 2.87 billion in 2020. Indeed, the figures are talking not just in millions here, but in billions.
Such demand and trend have encouraged mobile application developers to create and build many more mobile applications that respond to the needs of the market including but not limited to social networking, online education and mobile payment systems, to name a few. This is a dynamic industry that brings and creates changing and various trends as the year progresses, and with the rapid rise in the percentage of application usage – both in iOS and Android – this creates tough competition.
The trend of the mobile application development is directly proportional to the yearly increase of smartphone users globally, hence, signifying a promising future for this field. In fact, more than 179 billion mobile applications have been downloaded every year with users looking forward to new and unique mobile applications that function with better and more improved features and usability.
The mobile application development is indeed expanding at an amazing rate. All other industries are going with its flow and moving towards that direction, as well. Hence, the industry will undoubtedly continue to shine in the years to ahead.