Increasing introduction of applications 'could encourage smartphone purchases'

8 March 2010 — 3:18 PM

Apps are proving popular with consumers.

The growing popularity of apps for smartphone devices such as the iPhone could encourage consumers to sell an old mobile phone to receive cash to put towards an upgrade.

One developer for the iPhone has recently announced that they have made $13,000 (£8,607) in a single month from a self-developed application for handsets with an Android operating system.

Dan Grabham, deputy editor of TechRadar, said that he expects to see a growth in the development of application but that "it's not just about the Nexus One. It's also about Android being available on many different phones from various manufacturers".

He added that part of the reason for the popularity of the iPhone is due to the range of applications that are available to download for the device and owners of other handsets could soon find more being made available to them.

Gartner recently reported that last year smartphone sales reached 172.4 million units, a 23.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
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