Could you imagine 10 years ago speculating that programs and games on mobile phones would be a multi-billion dollar industry?
Well that time is here. IDC has reported they expect that the revenue from mobile applications will be 35 billion (with a B) by 2014. With the variety of devices and OS’s across the world it’s no wonder that this is one of the fastest growing segments of technology ever.
IDC predicts that mobile app downloads will grow from 10.9 billion this year to 76.9 billion in 2014. IDC’s Vice President of Mobile, Scott Ellison said “Mobile app developers will ‘appify’ just about every interaction you can think of in your physical and digital worlds,”
It is expected that the mobile space and cloud space will grow and development of pc/desktop/laptop based specific applications will see a huge downturn. The paradigm is shifting, instead of seeing a mobile app as a compliment to a pc based piece of software, developers are going to develop first for mobile and the cloud and then the physical computer.
In the 2010 Tech Trends Survey, 40.5 percent of the IT professionals surveyed believe that mobile efforts will dominate development initiatives next year and 33.1 percent believed that cloud based efforts will dominate.
Developing for mobile isn’t nearly as costly as developing full software suites. We are seeing more and more young adult, and college aged developers, developing hit mobile apps out of their dorm rooms and bedrooms. It’s a chance for great programmers who can’t afford the fancy, previously required degrees to flourish.
Are you a developer? Are you getting a piece of the pie?
Source: IDC via Fiercewireless