Choosing his favourite mobile apps of 2010, New York Times technology writer John Markoff quipped, “When other people rage about their iPhone dropped calls I just grin. ‘You use a cellphone for phone calls?’ That’s so 20th century!”
Markoff confirmed a trend that Nigel Harris identified in his 2009 Christmas Gadget Countdown – it wasn’t just smartphones that were changing our technology habits, but the software they are able to run.
According to ComScore research, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry range still leads the US smartphone market with a 37.3% share in September, ahead of Apple's 24.3%. Google's Android has now climbed to 21.4% of the total US.
Many developers that have had success with iPhone and iPad apps are now hard at work on migrating similar tools to Android and BlackBerry devices.
In the run-up to Christmas, we reported on how mobile commerce was accounting for a significant volume of retail trade. To confirm this trend Domino’s Pizza reported that sales generated through its iPhone app jumped 63% to £128m in 2010 and now account for more than one-third of all orders. Since its launch last September, more than £1m of sales in the UK have been taken through the Domino's iPhone app, with numbers expected to rise with the coming launch of a similar app for Android.
Just before Christmas, "leicsred" asked other AccountingWEB.co.uk members about the smartphone apps they used and liked. We have compiled this short guide based on their responses and other coverage and suggestions during the past year. Feel free to put forward your own nominations using the Post A Comment link below and we’ll make sure to add it to our growing library of recommended apps.
If we've missed out any of your favourites, be sure to tell us!