There are extra than 1/2 one million Android apps in the international. The i-Store, which officially garnered greater than 25 billion downloads in March this 12 months, gives 5.5 million downloads, with greater than 170 000 apps mainly tailor-made to your iOS. If your head is not spinning with the range on offer then I’ll hit you with the truth that around three hundred 000 of those apps were uploaded within the last 3 years. Talk approximately an enterprise growing overnight.

All this has been pushed with the aid of an ever-growing stage and availability of mobile hardware and solid working structures and development equipment. Given the proliferation of cell devices around the arena (more than 85 percent of the planet is the usage of them) you might well ask, has South Africa taken advantage of this new outlet for her expertise and industry?

The solution, regrettably, is blended. South Africa has had some incredible benefits when compared with its friends on the continent. Unfortunately, we have a track file of sitting on our laurels. We have controlled to drop, or at the least fumble, the ball with regards to troubles like youth improvement, the creation of sustainable alternative energies and the improvement of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure.

So one might well ask are we going to miss the boat on the App boom too? It’s now not that I’m saying we’re completely vain, it’s more a case of failing to capture possibilities. South Africa have to via proper, be one of the strongest players on the continent but permit’s observe what we’ve performed with our possibilities.

At the turn of this century we had one of the great telecommunications infrastructures on the continent but now our line speeds and information fees are falling ways at the back of the rest of Africa. In 2012 our Internet penetration is much less than 14 percent which puts us in advance of the African average of 13.Five% however well in the back of countries like Kenya (25%), Nigeria (29%) or Morocco (forty-nine %). We are above common, sure, however here’s my point: whilst you recollect our ability, is right enough all we need to be aiming for?

Our poor performance on the subject of training and communications infrastructure might be the single largest stumbling block in this user’s development. Certainly, it’s miles a major element in our lagging behind the rest of the sector in relation to taking advantage of the app marketplace. Here we have an earnings-producing enterprise that everybody ought to be able to enter, anywhere and at any time, and we’re choking ourselves with old-line speeds and exorbitant expenses for bandwidth.

Everyone can see how the e-tolling system may be awful for business and commuters. With that in mind would it without a doubt marvel anybody to listen that a latest observes performed for the Business Software Alliance positioned us 18th out of 24 international locations in our readiness for cloud computing? The file stated our low ranges of Internet penetration and coffee stages of records and communications technology as a trouble and additionally went on to say that there wishes to be better planning for the growth of our excessive-speed networks (we’re presently lagging behind India on this department). Above all, we’re going to want to make the Web quicker and extra inexpensive if we’re going to be able to compete for the world over.

With a highly restricted infrastructure and fees which can be nevertheless prohibitive for many, the penetration of apps is obviously a way in the back of what it ought to be, but it is not all bad information. While we have a way to go in ensuring that our countrymen and girls get into the habit of downloading apps, in company terms, we are truly no longer to this point behind the curve. As Richard Cheery of Afrozaar Apps puts it, “We sincerely do observe nations like the US, South Korea and the EU with reference to preferred purchaser new-media apps, but I accept as true with our company and business-to-business app paradigm isn’t always that some distance in the back of.” Indeed in certain industries like banking, South Africa is an international leader due to the fact that we are regularly used for piloting and testing enterprise software and systems.

On the complete though, we’re still suffering to develop a lifestyle of app use for the common South African. We are all acquainted with some of the biggies like Facebook, however, there stays an untapped marketplace for apps designed for the local market. You’ve were given to ask why more of this sort of app isn’t always being created. It can not be stated that South Africa is absolutely missing inability or creativity. Indeed the studies group, Gartner rated us as one of the top 30 software-growing locations back in 2008.

The query is what have we carried out with our potential? Are we letting another opportunity slip by means of? In 2009 the ITC ranked us first in the sub-classes of ICT safety, cyber- and intellectual-property rights’ legal guidelines and contribution of services to the gross domestic product. We got here in 1/3 general as an outsourcing vacation spot, which most effective goes to prove my factor that we have the skills and understanding in certain regions, however, we regularly allow down by way of permitting ourselves to lag in others. This numerous stage of competence and exceptional seems to imply that rather than arising with a cohesive plan for the way we will improve our ICT and harness the power of our builders, we are at the mercy of conflicting forces – every seeking to look after its own interests without a hobby inside the improvement of our kingdom’s industries as a whole.

A case in point, the greater recent ICT figures revealed that we ranked thirtieth out of 46 African international locations while it got here to our mobile-records fees. No prizes for guessing who’s letting the facet down right here. The bottom line is that cell-statistics rates want to fall if we aren’t going to overlook but any other opportunity. The penetration of mobile gadgets a long way exceeds our Internet penetration with nearly 80 percent of South Africans possessing a mobile device. As smartphones drop in rate, more and more people may be using the Android or iOS. That represents a massive marketplace with the splendid ability if we can get human beings used in the usage of apps. The first step to achieving this is losing expenses so that they may be now not beyond the approach of the client.

Local or global 25 billion app downloads sound like a pie you’d need a slice of? If you are no longer an aspiring developer yourself there is no want to depression (indeed probabilities are you’re going to need a crew whatever takes place). A true concept may be all you want and there are lots of agencies within the South African marketplace that will help you comprehend your vision. The possibilities are which you’re no longer going to duplicate the success of Angry Birds in a single day, but Richard Cherry’s exceeded on some pointers you may need to undergo in thoughts.