19 Applications

The Mobile Application Ecosystem

The millions of applications available to Android users are critical in maintaining the platform’s relevance. Apps are, after all, where users spend most of their time on their smartphones.

If someone came out with a new device or platform now without having any kind of application store to go along with it (much less a densely populated store), it simply wouldn’t work. When RIM introduced BlackBerry 10, their final operating system for smartphones,1 they added a compatibility mode that allowed users to install and run Android applications. They did this in recognition of the fact that the BlackBerry application ecosystem (even though the company and its phones had been around for many years) ...

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