Subba’s Serendipitous moments

September 30, 2009

Apple’s App Store reinvents the mobile phone

Here are the impressive statistics on the Apple’s App Store based on Apple’s recent announcement:

Number of applications available: 85,000

Number of countries from where App Store is accessible : 77

Number of participants on the App Store : 125,000

Number of downloads : 2 billion.

“App Store has reinvented what you can do with a mobile handheld device, and our users are clearly loving it.” says Steve Jobs.

I talked about the game changing nature of the iPhone and the App Store here.

What is incredible is the rate of growth. From just 500 applications in July 2008, it surged to 15,000 apps downloaded half a million times in 6 months. 3 months later it had its billionth download and 35,000 apps. A further 5 months later both the downloads and the apps have doubled.

Well, I wonder what would be the growth trajectory of the App Store once iPhone is launched in China?

Now that every cell phone vendor has his own App Store the mobile operator is just left to be a dumb pipe.

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1 Comment »

  1. I personally don’t like the idea of the app market getting fragmented where we will have the big wigs like apple or so and so many tiny islands (or applands you may want to call them). Won’t it be nice to have some sort of synchronization in some way so that it works best for the developers (coding once for many devices) and consumers (don’t have to have a specific brand handset for a particular application). Does that sound like an Ideal world? Well, AT&T is flexing some muscle in this regard through acquisition of Plusmo platform. It will be great to see how much success it gets.

    would like to share an article that I came across earlier on “applands”

    Check this out : Can Mobile Operators Bring the App Islands Together?
    http://www.mobileinnovation.org/node/14160#comment-204

    Comment by krishnabaidya — October 2, 2009 @ 11:58 am | Reply


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