Mobile Applications (Mobile Apps) are compact programs developed especially for mobile platform such as iPhone, Android, J2ME, Blackberry, Windows Mobile etc. Succinctly stated, Mobile apps facilitate users by connecting them to Internet services on their portable devices.

Though Mobile apps were originally aimed at email, calendar and contact databases, its popularity has soared and extended into other realms such as mobile games, factory automation, GPS and location-based services, banking, order-tracking, ticket purchases etc.

These applications come pre-installed on mobile phones or you can download them from different mobile software distribution platforms, or web applications delivered over HTTP which uses server-side or client-side processing.

You can have creatively designed and developed Mobile application for improved performance and added functionality of smartphones  such as iPhone, Blackberry and Android.

You can have custom Windows Mobile Apps development for smartphones and mobile handsets using the Windows Mobile platform for special business needs of your organization.

Interestingly, research organization Gartner has come out with a list of the top ten mobile applications poised to take the world by storm.

  • Money Transfer: Useful for people sending money via SMS messages.
  • Location-Based Services: LBS go beyond social networks and include any application that taps into your phone’s GPS capabilities to offer multifarious location-based services.
  • Mobile Search: It is expected that users will not necessarily be sticking with the search services they know and use on the Web. But, instead experiment with different search providers that have unique technologies meant for mobile search.
  • Mobile Browsing: Mobile browsing technologies will be more rampantly used as time progresses. The mobile browsing capabilities will go up to 80% from present 60%+ of handsets by 2013.
  • Mobile Health Monitoring: The mobile health monitoring is still at an early stage and its impact will be felt more pronouncedly in developing markets. In the coming years the industry will offer mobile healthcare monitoring products and services.
  • Near Field Communications (NFC): NFC is not yet a standard feature on many of present day mobile phones. But this is poised to change quite soon. NFC-enabled phones will find huge markets in Asia followed by Europe and North America.
  • Mobile Advertising: This started as an innovative concept but fast gathering momentum. Many believe that mobile advertising will pave the way to monetize mobile content. Mobile advertising will be resorted to by business houses – apart from ad campaigns on TV, radio, print, and outdoors.
  • Instant Messaging (IM): Market conditions are becoming increasingly favorable to mobile IM. The fact is – in developing markets mobile phones are often the only available connectivity device. One has to wait and watch how things shape.
  • Mobile Music: Why not mobile music services – especially those owning non-iPhone devices? Great innovative models in this area are a distinct possibility.

Advancement of mobile technology coupled with smart phone revolution has enabled users to perform lot more with their mobile phones than ever before. It is expected that the market for mobile applications will grow exponentially and cross 10 million apps by 2020.