With over one hundred thousand apps currently available for Apple’s wildly popular iPhone, consumers have come to believe that there is an app for just about everything. With the popular mobile device’s primary demographic consisting of young people such as teenagers and college students, traditionally among the first to embrace new technologies, it comes as no surprise to mobile industry experts that students would begin to create apps themselves. These apps, according to experts, can be expected to focus on the primary concerns of students, chief among them, their homework.
A fourth year student of computer engineering, Paul Pilone, recently got the idea to create an app that would help students put their iPhone or iPod Touch to solid scholastic use by organizing and keeping track of their school work and impending assignment deadlines. Instead of using an old fashioned planner, students can now keep track of everything with their mobile devices. To do lists and reminders are a big part of the app, and Pilone met with students to develop his program to suit their needs. With the app priced at the standard $0.99, Pilone has already netted over $15,000 in profits.
In the last few years, mobiles phones have been morphing at an ever increasing pace, expanding their range of features until we have arrived in the age of the fully functioning smart phone that hi tech experts have been predicting for what seems like ages. The fact is, the Apple iPhone has utterly dominated this market for years and no other company as been able to carve off so much as a single slice. Now, things are beginning to change as the opposition camps have begun to unveil new and powerful weapons against the Apple strangle hold on the market. The Nokia n900 is expected to do huge business because it offers such a powerful machine capable of delivering broadband internet via a cellular modem device instead of the traditional needed WiFi connection that is not always available. This advance alone could be enough to give the n900 a great deal of stamina in the market as it seeks to push the iPhone down a notch.
However, the popularity of the iPhone and its sprawling grass roots fan base cannot be ignored because Apple has carefully tended its own market to ensure that its consumers have not only a high functioning phone, but a stunning range of apps which they can utilize. The experts say that it will all boil down to mobile phone deals once things get hot because consumers, more than any other factor about a device, are most swayed by its price. Without the right pricing, any smart phone now or in the future is bound to fall by the wayside as the bulk of customers move to a better priced unit. While no one can predict the outcome of the upcoming battles for dominance in the smart phone market place, one thing is for sure: no matter which company comes out victories consumers are bound to be the true winners.