In 2008, when we decided to enter the ‘mobile-app development-as-a-service’ business, little did we realize the extent to which the industry would change in less than 10 years. At launch, the App Store had just about 550 applications and a majority was paid (with most ranging from $0.99 to $9.99). The novelty factor of apps and the App Store drove the thinking behind app concepts back then. So we had apps which let out funny sounds when you waved the phone, mimicked a glass of beer and so on. Enterprises saw the benefit of getting on to the platform with news, finance and soon, e-commerce leading the way. Over the years, businesses have embraced mobile apps largely as a necessity than a fad.
When Robosoft Technologies ventured into software development in the mid-90s or into mobile app development in late 2000s, crystal ball gazing wasn’t in vogue. Now that it is, especially around this time of the year, let me share my views on the business of mobile app development in the months to come.
The mobility ecosystem has evolved rapidly over the last few years. After the launch of the App Store in 2008, there was a rush to develop cool new mobile apps which ranged from the absurd (remember the ‘weird sound’ apps?) to those which genuinely met a consumer need through a mobile solution.
It is that time of the year when we both look back, making lists and look forward, crystal ball gazing into the coming years. While no one can predict for sure the events of next year, recent category trends give a fair idea of what’s likely to come. Overall, 2014 has been a good year for us at Robosoft and the mobile app industry in general.
The Make In India call by the Indian Government is aimed at attracting FDI, primarily in the manufacturing industries. The goal is lofty and if implemented well, backed up by policy reforms, it is likely to have a positive impact on the economy.
Like everybody else in the tech world, we at Robosoft too watched the Apple Keynote of Sep 9, with great interest. As developers we were doubly keen in fact to watch what the announcements meant for developer community and consumers alike. Of particular interest to us was the Apple Watch.