A mobile app is a software application tailored to operate on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Mobile apps could not exist until cell phones were devised. The earliest mobile phones used a microchip for the delivery and receipt of messages – but that was so 90’s. Actually the very first cell phone call was made in 1973! The device used for this historic event weighed 2 pounds, cost $4000 and – as you might expect – did not have any mobile apps.
Mobile apps first came on the technology scene in handheld computers like palm pilots that were all the rage in the 1990s – but quickly disappeared as innovations to mobile phone technology. With each passing generation of mobile phones their ability to manipulate information and store information grew exponentially thereby opening the door for what is now the phenomenon of mobile apps.
Mobile app development itself is a process in which mobile app developers who have an expertise on a particular platform will perform the coding and programming required to create the final product. This has opened up a whole new employment field and mobile app developing companies are constantly in search of persons with this expertise. Today mobile apps for businesses incorporate a variety of competencies including (but not limited to) inventory management, shopping carts, accounting and much, much more.
And, while some sites will offer you directions on ‘how to create your mobile app in 12 steps’ it is probably a better solution to leave this to the experts. In fact, one industry heavy-hitter claims there were three phases to the mobile app development trajectory beginning with simple telephony and progressing to gaming (such as the once popular Snake whose creation opened the door for broader applications of software that would run apps on phones) and finally to apps that are content oriented and maximize their usefulness without being a nuisance. Many apps vie for the honor of being your ‘home screen’ which moves their viability to the ‘top of the heap’ – a coveted position for any app.
If you own a business or service the question is no longer ‘should you have a mobile app’ but ‘why don’t you have a mobile app’? This is truly the marketing medium of today and tomorrow.