Between waking up and now, you’ve likely used a dozen mobile apps. Mobile apps have become an integral part of our day to day lives. We communicate with our loved ones, do work, check social media and check the weather at the touch of a finger. The world wasn’t always dependent on mobile apps. It wasn’t until 1997 when the first app was released. Nokia 6110 had a built in version of the popular arcade game ‘Snake.’ That was the beginning of our dependency on applications and since then, mobile applications have become increasingly important. This is the history of mobile apps!
In 1983, Steve Jobs imagined the first ever app store. It wasn’t until 2007 that his vision came true. The first ever app store had 500 apps. Shortly after Apple released the App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store, and Blackberry’s App World were released. While the App Store was intended to be a competitive advantage, other tech companies integrated it in their technology to remain competitive with Apple. While we look at app stores as a standard, it used to be a commodity and something of imagination.
When mobile apps first became available, they had a heavy focus on games and entertainment. Angry Birds is one of the most noteworthy apps. Within 6 years, the app had been downloaded 3 billion times. Mobile apps became the main focus in the world of technology. In 2010, the word ‘App’ was declared word of the year. Everyone was talking about mobile applications. That same year, Apple even revealed that since the App Store had been released 3 years ago, the American economy had 300,000 new jobs. The employment gain shed positive light on mobile apps.
In 2014 the mobile app world saw a transition from games and entertainment apps to an increased adoption of lifestyle and social media apps. Snapchat reported that 7 million photos were being shared every day. Not only has Snapchat remained one of the most popular forms of social media, it has allowed individuals to build connections through photos. This same principle is why Instagram is successful. Social media is an easy way to build relationships and have immediate responses. Social media has its advantages for both personal and professional uses. In 2014, people began to realize that mobile apps can be used with purpose opposed to purely entertainment. This is why we can now check the financial markets, check the weather, and pay our credit cards through an app.
Apps aren’t going anywhere. They have become an essential part to the functionality of technology, and they will continue to be made. Be a part of the history of mobile apps.
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