What would a smartphone be like without an app? Or a computer without software? Some may disagree, but I would say they are little more than expensive pieces of wires and computer chips melted together in a compact plastic shell.

Software applications make the world go round. They are gasoline for the smartphone engine, slats for the computer windmills. Without apps, there’s little reason for a person to use a phone for anything other than making phone calls and sending text messages.

Likewise, there is very little that a person can do from their computer. This is the app that puts the word “smart” in the smartphone. It is the software that gives the laptop its functionality.

But where do we go from here? With millions of software applications and billions of downloads, it’s not hard to imagine a big change. And while users may not notice the effects of this change, the businesses and developers behind the apps will certainly experience significant changes.

Read on to find out why many in the industry believe that the future of custom software development will not be custom at all. (At least not in the way we think about it.)

To understand the future of custom software development, you must start with a firm understanding of the current market situation.

According to the most recent reports, there are an estimated 2.56 million apps in the Google Play Store, 1.85 million apps in the Apple App Store, 669,000 apps in the Windows Store, and another 489,000 apps in the Amazon Appstore.

Here are some more key statistics and data points:

There were 178 billion app downloads in 2017. By 2022, experts estimate there will be 258 billion annual downloads. And while free downloads still make up the vast majority of all downloads, there are plenty of monetization models that app developers can deploy to generate revenue (either directly or indirectly) from their apps.

It is also impossible to even come close to estimating the number of standalone software applications that exist for computers. However, we do know that there are over 26 million software developers in the world – a massive increase in numbers over the past decade. When you account for publicly available software (which can be purchased from a vendor) and internal software that businesses and developers create for their own use, there are probably over 100 million different software applications in existence.

If you have a TV around 2009, you’ve been showered with commercials from Apple. And, for the most part, they all centered around the now famous catchphrase, “There’s an app for that.”

Looking back, there really wasn’t an app for everything – at least not to the extent it is today. (By 2010, when the iPhone really started exploding, there were 250,000 apps in the App Store. For perspective, there are only 13 percent of apps in the Store today. But even so, the trademarked statement stuck.) But if you’re one Fast forward the decade, we are now living in a world where apps are ubiquitous.

There are functional apps that allow you to create a budget, track expenses, perform advanced mathematical calculations, video call friends, track business expenses, check sports scores, read news headlines, check the weather, and more from your home. Helps to control smart devices, store photos, take pictures. , listen to podcasts, buy products, sell products, play games, gamble, get directions, control your TV, order food, and more, anytime you want.

There are tons of apps you’ll find apps that will let you do absolutely nothing (the app is called “Nothing”) an app that lets you “count” a million virtual dollars, an app where you can hold a fake chat conversation Can a bot, and an app that will keep your feline friends busy with unexpected movements of random objects.

The simultaneous flow of useful and useless apps is how we know we’ve reached the point of critical mass. And on top of that, the expectations regarding user experience are higher than ever.

People used to be happy if an app did something basic, like recording personal finance information in a spreadsheet. Today, users want an app that takes personal finance input and creates an auto-generated budget based on their financial goals and spending habits.

And that’s just the smartphone app. We also won’t get into computer software and SaaS products. Trying to guess and add up these numbers will make your head explode.

Here’s the takeaway: We – business owners and app developers – have created a beast. We have exceeded user expectations at every step and they look forward to continuous iteration and advancement. (That’s a good thing!) The problem is that demand for apps will go away in the future.

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