Mobile Devices and Cloud Computing Inspire Mobiles Apps

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Mobile devices are more than just communication tools. Smartphones, tablet computers and laptops are big business. They have become the new way people go online. Today, technology relies heavily on both mobile and cloud computing to make the magic happen through mobile apps.

Smartphones Reign Supreme

Consulting firm Chetan Sharma explains that smartphone usage jumped over that 50 percent line in 2012. That is 50 percent of consumers use them as opposed to the less technologically impressive feature phone. That corresponds with another study done by Litmus, which shows 38 percent of all emails open via mobile device.

At the same time, a report from ComScore’s Mobile Matrix states most of their users require access to social networking, as well as emails. The demand is clearly for a more savvy mobile device.

The Effect of Cloud Computing

As mobile usage grows, the cloud computing industry is advancing, as well. Consumers and businesses are both seeing the benefit of employing a third-party to store documents, backup systems and utilize products as a service. What used to be out of reach for small business is becoming easily accessible with the help of cloud technology.

Mobile Apps Combine these Two Industries

There is a convergence between the mobile world and cloud computing. Cloud technology drives mobile applications that give users access to new features. Apps are part of the reason why mobile technology is growing in leaps and bounds. Nuance Enterprise completed one study that shows Android and iOS users obtain 10 new apps a month. This is good news for both industries but it comes at a cost. Ninety-five percent of these applications get removed within one month of installation.

The Problem with Mobile Apps

The testing process is underwhelming in the mobile app world. The competition in this environment has developers skimping just to get their products on the market. Poor performance is the key reason apps fail to do well with end users. Once installed, if the application is sluggish or hard to maneuver, consumers simply remove it and move on the next product.

This problematic trend affects both mobile and cloud technology. As users start to get frustrated with performance issues, they may avoid apps all together. The need for more comprehensive testing procedures is becoming evident. Apps must work in real-world scenarios to be effective and that mean proper testing to resolve performance issues.