Mobile apps’ popularity has been increasing and its steady growth is staggering. With millions of mobile technology users worldwide, the growing demand for new mobile apps every day is not surprising at all. Mobile devices have become the trend nowadays and since web-browsing is kind of awkward and inconvenient using a mobile device, more mobile users choose to use mobile apps instead.
Indeed, mobile apps are everywhere and can be used for almost anything. Online users are now moving into smartphones, tablets and other portable devices. And thus, we can find mobile apps for banking, for news, for games, for travelling, for weather, for stores, for restaurants, and many more. And it keeps on coming! With this astounding development, some people are asking if there’s still a need for web.
Mobile apps brought about radical changes in the way online users share information in the last two decades. Instead of the more open and generic web sites, apps have turned information sharing into a closed, exclusive and limited experience. Imagine an online world without the web anymore and everything is accessed through mobile apps. Maybe even system tools like PC Speed Up will have a mobile app in the future as well just to accommodate this overwhelming shift from the web to mobile apps. It’s not hard to imagine at all.
Obviously, mobile app developers see how lucrative the area is and have seized the moment. Online users’ expectations have been shaped by these mobile apps developers who view them as consumers. Some mobile apps developer even went beyond the basics and capitalized on online users’ fears, naivety, indifference and eagerness to be entertained to come up with mobile apps that they can charge users with.
Is this the beginning of the end of web browsing? Are mobile apps slowly and successfully eclipsing the web? Obviously, the web still plays an important role in people’s lives and it can be hard to knock it off its current supremacy but many mobile users tend to believe that mobile apps will altogether surpass the greatness of web one of these days.
Researchers at Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project contradict the abovementioned statement however as its survey results say that most respondents believe that the web will continue to reign the online stage though mobile apps will continue to be a very useful option for restricted amount of information.
That’s a relief. I personally am not ready to live an online life with just mobile apps. I’ll take the web anytime, unless mobile apps developers come up with a free and unlimited information sharing capability for mobile apps, just like how the web is.
About the Author: May Avery is a Computer Engineer by virtue of education and have been employed in various technical positions in different industries including the Academe, IT, SEO and Product Distribution. She currently teaches Microsoft Office 2010 in a college in Hawaii and writes technical articles for PC Speed Up.