Apple and Google Android application development communities continue to flourish while others languish.
This has huge implications for everybody. Growth in application environments often represent key turning points in tech markets. If you think of Microsoft’s ascendancy, it was the emergence of the PC (more bandwidth) and the Windows application envrionment which provided an explosion in business applications.
Want another example? The Web and pervasive broadband sparked an explosion of Internet applications. Now a similar thing is happening in the mobile world where an explosion of bandwidth and device power is providing a fertible market for new apps.
What’s that mean for the legacy players? It means they are in a world of pain. If RIM and Nokia don’t do something soon, their leadership in the worldwide phone market will quickly become a footnote. I continue to believe that Nokia’s connection to the Symbian operating system is its biggest liability. As Apple and Android gain steam, Symbian is being marginalized and the longer that Nokia puts all its eggs in this basket, the more trouble it will be in.
Below is an interesting chart from the latest Morgan Stanley report on Internet developments, which I think is a must read.
The explosion of apps in the mobile market is a fascinating, positive development for the technology industry and its implications should not be underestimated.