In this grand scheme of things, the market for Android apps is still relatively small as smartphones are still in the minority of all mobile phones worldwide. But smartphone adoption continues to grow at an amazing pace, and Android’s affordability and hardware independence have catapulted it to the lead in this rapidly growing space.
Apps are generally the icing on the cake of a smartphone experience. The core communication features: text messages, calls, and Internet browsers, are the primary features driving this global access to information. But a well-designed app can be the most important tool a person can use.
Let’s take a look a few examples. There are a pile of apps to access Twitter and other social networks. Anybody can access Twitter through the website, but the apps allow people to tailor the experience to their own tastes and desires, which makes it a more enjoyable and rewarding experience. Or maybe more efficient and interesting–it depends on what the user wants to get out of it.
Educational apps can have a profound impact, and they are obviously near and dear to us here at Treehouse. Video education, ebooks, and even games can help people around the world learn how to read or do math or invest or program.
The Android app ecosystem is rich and diverse and their usage is changing people’s lives. Some serve tens of millions of users and some only serve ten users, but in all cases they have a transformative power as portals to information. Apps alone aren’t going to make the world a better place, but the people developing and using them are working to share information, teach, collaborate, and grow, and that will make the world a better place. It already has.