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The Number of Apps for Phones Ascends

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In a world where people are constantly on their phones; at the dinner table, at a movie theater or even on a date, people everywhere are obsessed with the devices and technology.

One inevitable aspect that comes with these devices includes applications for them. Just for the android phone alone there are 700,000 applications for their devices. Apple also has 700,000 applications for the many different iPhone, and 250,000 are native to the iPad.

The number of apps offered for an operating system is an important factor for driving user adoption. Apple had long led the rest of the market, but Google had been quickly catch up. By comparison, Microsoft said yesterday that it now has 120,000 apps for it Windows Phone OS. That’s a pretty big figure for the company but it significantly lags Android and iOS.

Mathew Miller, The Mobile Gadgeteer, stated on ZDNet:

“If you recall, Windows Phone 7 launched with about 1,000 apps and then was the fastest mobile phone OS to hit 10,000 in about four months. The Windows Phone Marketplace continued to grow over the next year and half when it hit the 100,000 apps level in June 2012. The apps came fairly quickly and I believe they will come for Windows RT as well. It helps that developers now have a common core with Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8 too.”

Your phone is as good as the apps you have on it. Prior to the iPhone, only tech-savvy people installed third-party mobile. Today, every phone has a mobile app store that allows total beginners to download, install, and remove apps.

If your phone is as good as the apps on it, why not try and develop an app that will benefit many? While blogging and researching many of the top ways to save money in college, I’ve decided to look into ways to incorporate this into an app form.

My idea is to allow those who are looking for deals to get out their phone and use this app. I think if the app was a map-based app it would work best. Type in your zip code and a map of the area around you will show up.

It would have a category section that would allow the person to chose: Restaurants, Shopping, Art & Theater, Sports and Traveling. Once they choose what they’re looking for it will show all the surrounding places that have discounts for college students.

On the map, depending on their location, a selection of different places under their category will show what venues are available to offer a discount.

If this were to branch out and become a little bigger, maybe those places could offer larger discounts, like a free meal or a bigger percentage off, by using the application which will have a connection with me, the one who created it.

In a lot of ways it could become a application similar to Groupon, however, include a map version that sows what type of discount and where it is offered.

With the economy we have today, more and more people are looking for ways to save a little bit of money here or there. By using this app, I feel college students, and maybe anyone who is just looking for a deal, would have access to those savings they’re looking for.

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5 thoughts on “The Number of Apps for Phones Ascends

    • “Mathew Miller, The Mobile Gadgeteer, stated on ZDNet, If you recall, Windows Phone 7 launched with about 1,000 apps and then was the fastest mobile phone OS to hit 10,000 in about four months. The Windows Phone Marketplace continued to grow over the next year and half when it hit the 100,000 apps level in June 2012. The apps came fairly quickly and I believe they will come for Windows RT as well. It helps that developers now have a common core with Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8 too.”

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