In news that may interest mobile communication device manufacturers, new research by In Stat has suggested that mobile application downloads will reach nearly 48 billion in 2015.
Amy Cravens, senior analyst at the research firm, observed that the prevalence of handset touchscreens is a "significant development impacting the mobile applications market".
Touchscreens will, In Stat says, account for nearly 90 per cent of smartphones shipped in 2011. This figure will increase to nearly 100 per cent in the next several years.
"The projected rapid penetration of touchscreen-enabled devices will allow more users to easily interact with mobile applications, thereby driving growth," Ms Craves remarked.
"Increased on-board memory capacity will also lead to a better user experience."
In Stat's research found that in December last year, the number of applications in the Apple App Store reached 350,000, while Android Market reached 80,000.
Further to this, it found that Apple and Android users are significantly more likely than BlackBerry users to have downloaded mobile applications.
Posted by Andre Dixon