Mobile app technology 'is here to stay'

29 September 2009 — 5:00 PM

The iPhone has led the way with downloadable apps

Consumers recycling used mobiles for a new smartphone may welcome th comments of one sector commentator this week.

Tom Newton of Recombu, a consumer website which offers news, reviews and price comparison facilities on the latest devices, explained that the advent of the Apple iPhone 3G and its associated technologies had been good for the market.

He explained that in the past, those who wanted to customise their handset had to continually download or update specific items, but now there is an application for most mobile functions.

"Virtually all of the major networks and mobile manufacturers have launched or are working on some form of app store or online music, film [or] content portal - apps are definitely here to stay," Mr Newton concluded.

The expert's comments follow an announcement by Nokia that invited people to come up with new software options for its own version of the online widget outlet - the Ovi Store.

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