October 2015 was a watershed month for India’s mobile phone industry. That’s when India crossed a major milestone of 1 billion mobile subscribers. Think of it this way, the number of people using mobile phones in India is more than the entire population of some countries.
Things are only going to get bigger from here. An article that appeared in Forbes earlier this year quoted a research director at Gartner India saying that a big chunk of these billion mobile subscribers will become smartphone users in the next couple of years, which will lead to an explosion in the growth of data usage and Internet access through mobile.
More and more Indians will soon be using their phones complete a myriad of activities – from conducting business transactions to participating in social media; from shopping for groceries to paying bills; from watching movies to attending tutorials.
What this means is that the market is going to be inundated with mobile-based applications or ‘apps’ as we refer to them!
What’s an ‘app’?
For the uninitiated, a mobile app is defined as a software application specifically designed to run on small, wireless computing devices such as smartphones and tablets rather than desktop or laptop computers.
How widespread is the use of mobile apps among subscribers is something that the following app-user survey data will make clear. Nearly 40 percent users globally download an average of two to five apps in a month. Almost 10 percent users visit their app stores at least once a day to look for apps, while a sizeable 19 percent look for apps in their app stores more than once a week.
That India is a hub of mobile activity is no secret. Indians spend an average of three hours on their cellphones every day and majority of this time is spent on messaging, mCommerce, and other consumer apps, according to this article.
A deeper look into the app economy
All this data pleads the question – is India the next big destination for mobile app development? It surely seems so considering that the average mobile usage in India grew by at least 131 percent in 2015 outpacing the global growth rate, according to this article that appeared in GADGETS NOW.
The article went on to state that by 2015, India’s app economy had created about 75,000 direct jobs in the county and had the potential to reach 600,000 over a period of time. If that doesn’t get you excited as a current or aspiring mobile app developer, nothing will.
The mobile app industry in India and worldwide has come a long way since the inception of the App Store in 2007. Apps have become a necessity for almost all companies – big and small – that want to create a digital presence thanks mainly to the explosive growth in the use of smartphones.
Not only are the big guns of the IT industry investing in creating mobile app development teams, but the universal demand for apps among small businesses and start-ups with little or no technical expertise has led to the mushrooming of app studios that build apps for them.
The growing importance of app development
So, how does one go about becoming a mobile app developer? Well, mobile app developers are not too different from developers who write computer programs. Mobile app developers write programs using the same languages as programmers such as C, C++, Java, etc.
The only difference is they use a mobile development environment to write the programs that run their apps. So, as a mobile app developer, the most important decision you need to make is choosing the mobile platform you want to work in.
While many mobile platforms are available in the market today, only a few of them are the leaders. Four key players in the mobile platform market are Android, iOS, Windows, and Blackberry in that order.
But you don’t have to confine yourself to developing apps for only one mobile platform. Most businesses develop apps for multiple or all the major mobile platforms. So, the more mobile platforms you learn to develop apps for, the higher your employability is likely to be.
As an aspiring mobile app developer, your first step should be completing a bachelor’s degree in app development, software engineering, computer science, or a programming-related field. You should look to enhance your skills with a certification in mobile app development offered by companies like CompTIA.
India has always prided itself as being the mecca of software development and has earned itself the ta
g of ‘Silicone Valley of the East’. The country is now on its way to becoming the future of mobile app development.
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