The History of Mobile App Development

Aside from doing hands-on activities, knowing the evolution of apps plays a vital role, too, in improving the skills of mobile app development students. Hence, as a learner, you must know how tools brought us to where we are today. It gives us a hint at what the future holds for users who depend much on mobile apps. CIIT, one of the Philippines’ mobile app development schools, shares here a brief history of mobile apps. You’ll see the timeline of key events that have shaped what is now a multi-million dollar trade.

What Philippines’ Mobile App Development Students Must Learn about the Trade’s Beginnings

1973 – Motorola’s John F. Mitchell and Dr. Martin Cooper made the world’s first hand-held mobile phone sans the apps then.

1983 – The first mobile phone hit the market. DynaTAC 8000x became the first marketed mobile phone, with a selling price of $3,995 then. It served no app.

Early 1990s – Many hand-held computers (known, too, as personal digital assistants or PDAs) rose to fame after maker Psion introduced EPOC, an operating system (OS). This system let users work with spreadsheets, databases, word processors, and diaries.

1993 – International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) announced the debut of its first smartphone, a hand-held, touchscreen mobile phone, called IBM Simon. Released in August 1994, this gadget featured a clock, a calendar, and a calculator that came under an apps group.

1996 – Palm, Incorporated created the Garnet OS (more known as Palm OS) to let PDAs run third party apps.

1998 – Nokia, with its past phone models, launched the first app that earned global fame, the game “snake.”

2002 – The BlackBerry smartphone marked a great triumph in the field as it unified the modern feature of wireless email.

2007 – The advent of iPhone and its own operating system, the iOS, signaled the onset of today’s famous apps that run by way of touchscreen.

2008 – Technology giant Apple launched its App Store, where iPhone users can go to take mobile apps.

2008-2010 – Google and Microsoft launched their own mobile OSs (Android OS and Windows Phone), which gained worldwide fame, too, after iOS did well in sales.

2009 – 250 million gadgets ran the Symbian mobile OS.

2010-2011 – App markets rose and grew fast to serve the high volume of downloadable programs.

2011 – Users have copied over 10 billion apps from Apple’s App Store, 10 times higher than the figures in April 2009.

2012 – Apple’s sole market has more than a whopping 600,000 smartphone apps.

2014 – The world has around 138 million app downloads and 19 billion software makers.

Philippines’ mobile app development: infographic

The trade has rather grown by leaps and bounds. Hence, it pays for you to know the history of applications that will move you with their humble beginnings and let you find ways to advance the field further.

As a learner, you, too, can be part of the field’s history. So, hone your skills now to be the next big hit in the Philippines’ mobile app development trade. CIIT offers a short course on it. To learn more about class schedules, enrollment procedures, and details on the program, visit this page.

Sources:  manifesto.co.uk |  tech.co |  sitepoint.com | ding.com | slideshare.net

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