Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Quick Observation about Mobile Apps

In 2005, no one was using apps on their mobile phones. Those were the days of the Nokia Series 40 running J2ME. Developers making J2ME apps at that time were claiming that once mobile apps took off (any minute now!), they would be best positioned to take advantage of the new market.

Along came iPhone, Android, and most importantly, all-you-can-eat data plans. But where are those J2ME developers?

If you go through the Top 10 paid or Top 10 free apps on the App Store, you'll find that the companies there are either name brands (Walt Disney, Facebook, Adobe), or smaller development firms that were started recently: For example, ngmoco, founded 6/2008, or Limbic Software, founded 2008, and so on. I couldn't find an About page or Crunchbase profile for all of the companies, but the ones I found about all matched this pattern.

Once again we learn that being early is the same as being wrong.

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