Using web applications on your mobile phone
Since mobile phones turned into computers at hand, operating systems became the key for user-oriented functionality and success. People access online services with “one touch” to share a video on YouTube, to tell friends about their whereabouts via Twitter, Facebook or Google+, play games, or download new applications, selecting f. e. from over 250.000 web apps running on Android, or more than 100.000 for their iPhones.
According to Nielsen Smartphone Analytics (2011) the Top 10 web apps include Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook, Skype, Amazon Kindle, Music Download and Dragon Fly. And though there are thousands of web apps available for free download, NSA reports that the Top 50 apps represent over 60% of daily use.
Writing web applications – Developing simple tools for local needs
The rapid success of web apps is also important for con.moz, as the local development of specific web applications offers opportunities to contribute under the motto “broadband access for all” in terms of local applications for local benefits.
There are several web application frameworks which facilitate rapid application development by allowing local programmer to develop applications that can be used on mobile phones for specific needs. Operating within a browser window, such applications provide usually cross-platform compatibility to be used on common operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux) and mobile devices (Android, iPhone, Blackberry).
As former Dean of a Faculty of Information Technology in Mozambique, I am happy to see that more and more young people turn their interest in new technologies into their profession. In this context I would like to mention an interesting e-book “African Apps in a Global Marketplace” from Andrew Mugoya as a useful read for (future) African apps developers, as it (in his words) has never been easier for African apps developers to gain a global market for their apps.
As research and development centre for internet ICTs, con.moz will closely follow and promote the field of local web apps development, be it for individual use, small businesses and farming, and education. Socalled “open” operating systems like “Android” from Google provide a platform for more than 250.000 web apps, probably one of the reasons for its rapid success in worldwide market share (see graphic/www.faz.net).