Internet connectivity which was considered luxury a decade back is now a basic necessity to the new generation, thanks to the mobile phone revolution. Cheaper smartphones and a ballooning telecommunications industry have together pushed India to the cusp of the digital revolution.
The rapid spreading of high-speed mobile data brought in by the competitive telecom sector with players like Reliance JIO, Airtel & Idea has set the platform to bring millions more to easy internet access. Now rather than relying upon traditional media sources like newspaper & television people are more aware of worldwide happenings with Quick apps.
According to a report by Statista Team - There were 19 million software developers (with around 8.7 million dedicated to mobile app developments) across the world in the year 2014, and the number would grow to a whopping 25 million by 2020. Also, By 2020, mobile apps are forecast to generate around 189 billion U.S. dollars in revenues via app stores and in-app advertising. However, with upcoming technologies & open source, these mobile apps have taken a new steering i.e, revenue generation & profitability for all and not restricting it to app owners. Even newly launched applications like CarryMates encourages peer to peer services and easy earning while enjoying one's own freedom & travelling.
India is getting richer and phones are getting cheaper. Domestic producers are now selling smartphones for as little as Rs 1500/- (smart JIO mobile), and have captured nearly 50 percent of the market. They are selling Android-based handsets in villages so remote where even basic necessities like access to safe drinking water is a major challenge.
In summary, India now has created an app user base larger than the population of the US but is still very early in terms of developing an app economy. The good news is that many top global application platforms are now well established in India and are serving in a good way in boosting the market. The App market will definitely keep growing with evolving technology and eventually contribute a greater percentage to Indian GDP.
By Sutapa Mishra
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