Is the Phone App Boom Over?

Data from Statista points to the app market cooling with fewer firms announcing their intentions to develop apps for clients and instead are using different buzzwords.

The online statistics portal says that the number of start-ups that use the word in their company description has also fallen over the past three years. It is, however, still the top keyword for these firms overall.

For app developers it’s not all bad news since the firm’s data indicates that apps are now no longer the major point of interest for these tech firms since apps are an expected part of their business offering.

High-tech firms starting up more recently are increasingly pointing towards ‘virtual reality’, ‘artificial intelligence’ and ‘machine learning’ as their company description keywords.

The market for mobile apps

In a report, the firm says that while it appears that the market for mobile apps has peaked, the amount of time users spend on an application is flat lining.

Increasingly, people will buy a new smart phone and download the best-known apps, and possibly a few games, but not download anything more and there is potential for businesses to develop their apps for this market.

HP Workspaces price revealed

It aims to replace the PC and now the Elite x3 business smartphone will feature HP Workspace which is a Windows app streaming service.

The aim is for windows 10 mobile phone apps to run full-screen on a smart phone with a keyboard and a mouse.

However, depending on the service choice, HP will be charging $79 (£65) or $40 (£33) with the smaller amount aimed at mobile workers who can enjoy 40 hours of app streaming every month though this is limited to 10 apps.

Along with the phone, users will need a desk docking station to enjoy a comprehensive software and hardware package.

Taxi app promises £3 rides

Taxi users in Manchester are being promised a £3 ride across the city as long as they use the taxi app Gett to order a ride.

The move is part of a bid to curb the popularity of Uber in the city and is being used by licensed black cabs and the ride must be paid for by card and a special promotional icon used.

The app will also enable people to hail a taxi by using their phone and then pay for it automatically from their bank account.

Manchester is now the latest addition to Gett’s growing popularity which is available in 70 cities around the world, including around half of London’s black cabs.

In other mobile phone app news …

Cats Protection is trialling a new app that will track homeless cats in a Nottinghamshire town. The idea is to control and reduce stray cat populations and if successful, the app will be trialled in other towns and then rolled out for use across the UK.

Regional newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror has unveiled plans to revamp its network of websites and phone apps to enable readers to access new stories quickly with a more responsive platform. The project will be rolled out to all of its titles into 2017.

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