A sickness that first infected the elitist tech sector is exploding into the mainstream. Cellphones have certainly contributed largely to disseminating the illness, but it seems that just about every technology is catching the bug.
App fever is spreading.
We can trace the origins back to an Apple orchard in Cupertino, Calif. The iPhone's wildly popular App Store distributed more than a billion applications -- software built by third-party developers that can do myriad things including accessing Facebook and playing radio stations, but we're sure you already knew that -- in its first year.
Thanks to the popularity of the Apple Inc. phone and its software marketplace, everyone wants a piece of the apption -- sorry, action.
As I put our review unit of the T-Mobile MyTouch cellphone, which runs Google's Android mobile operating system, through its paces (review coming later), the interface places its "thousands of downloadable applications" at the forefront.
Meanwhile, a co-worker nearby scours his BlackBerry to try to find Research in Motion Ltd.'s App World store. Another proudly flicks through pages of apps on his iPhone.
Verizon Communications Inc. has been selling software through its phones for four to five years via its Get It Now service, said Ed Ruth, a business development representative for Verizon Wireless who works with developers. But that digital store doesn't have the word "app" in its name.
So, the company is preparing to launch a Verizon App Store, which is geared toward the growing smart phone market. The mobile marketplace will unlock ...