Friday, September 2, 2011

Mobile Apps for 20-30 Year Olds

If ever there was a demographic that the smartphone was made for, it is the 20- to 30-year-old set. While teenagers and older people get a lot of good use out of the advanced technology, too, that age group is the real growth market for smartphone manufacturers. Of course, smartphones are a success as much for the thousands of apps that can be downloaded to make the device useful and fun as they are for advanced technology. It is the apps that generate the real excitement in the 20- to 30-year-old set and the apps are what “go viral” in the smartphone sense of the word.

All you have to do to see how fast an app can take off is to think of two words, “Angry Birds”. This app became such a sensation that its popularity became a byword for a super charged Smartphone app.  Not every app takes off like Angry Birds, but there are many more great apps out there than just games. There are apps for just about every use you can imagine and even some you would never imagine possible on a phone.  And, any app that makes sharing of pictures and other types of post information on various social networks is going to be a hit with the 20-30 year old set.

Instagram let’s users personalize photos taken on their smartphone with filters and effects and then share the photos across multiple social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more.  Comments from friends are saved across Instagram’s own social network that allows you to connect with friends via your photos.  The effects can make photos look like an old Polaroid or enhance coloring. 

Vingo is an app that is one that you will wonder how that is even possible. In a nutshell, Vingo empowers your Smartphone to use voice recognition for texting or any other functions that you may use your phone for that involves typing. That could include sending emails or posting your hourly Facebook status. Considering what a pain the tiny keyboards on mobile devices are for typing messages, Vingo could speed up your communications tremendously.  There are additional fees for email and texting—each costs a one time fee of $6.99, which is very reasonable for the service.
Bump is a very cool app that people say, “no way” when they learn how it works. It can astound and amuse even the most sophisticated 20-30 year old Smartphone user. Using GPS resources, your phone can automatically share pictures, documents or whatever else you want simply by “bumping” your phone physically into another person’s phone. As crazy as this seems, it is just an example of how innovative apps are driving smartphones. 

Smartphone app developers are in finding new ways to take advantage of some very hot new technical abilities. Considering that the momentum of movement in the world to telecommunications and cyberspace keep going forward at breakneck speed, we can expect many more very cool apps for the Smartphone to be coming along virtually every day.

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