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In the latest mobileYouth trends briefing, Graham Brown of mobileYouth looks at the role of youth in the future of mobile application development.

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mobileYouth trends download: Applications in the age of discovery

  1. 1. !Curatedon’tInnovateMobileApplicationsintheAgeofDiscovery In!this!trends!briefing,!Graham Brown!of!mobileYouth!looks!at!the!rising!tide!of!mobile!applications!and!asks!–!whoisdrivinginnovation?!!!As! app! usage! continues! to! grow,! the! premium! on! innovative! differentiation! is!higher! than! ever! but! where,! exactly,! should! the! industry! be! looking! for! this!differentiator?!It!seems!that!we’re!following!our!bad!habits!of!investing!heavily!in!topFdown!innovation.!It’s!the!same!process!that!gave!us!LBS,!MMS!and!mobile!payments! back! in! the! early! 2000s! –! too! much,! too! early,! too! irrelevant.! App!discovery! tools! are! the! latest! in! a! crop! of! topFdown! innovations! that! aim! to!replicate! the! oldFfashioned! design! thinking! innovation! model;! i.e.! innovation! is!the!product!of!genius.!!I’d! like! to! explore! the! flipFside! of! the! coin.! App innovation! won’t! come! from!innovation! labs,! product! managers! or! IDEO! like! design! agencies! but! nameless!youthinthestreet.!They,!after!all,!gave!us!SMS.!They!gave!us!Facebook!and!the!forerunners!of!iTunes.!They!even!showed!us!how!to!use!BBM!properly.!Shouldn’t!we! be! looking! here! for! our! application! innovation?! Innovation! labs,! product!managers!and!design!agencies!shouldn’t!be!trying!to!innovation,!they!need!to!be!in!the!businessofcuration.! mobileYouth!–!youth!mobile!culture!since!2001!! http://www.mobileyouth.org!http://www.mobileyouthreport.com!!
  2. 2. !ArewebecominganAppculture?App!usage!nearly!doubles!in!year!!Mobile!app!usage!has!increased!91%!over!the!past!year,!web!usage!has!also!increased!but!at!the!slower!rate!of!16%.!What!is!driving!the!uptake?!! WithAppusagereachingrecordlevels,thepremiumondiscoveryishigh!!In!this!article!on!GigaOm,!the!author!raises!some!key!concerns!about!the!recent!spate!of!App!discovery!tools!being!developed!by!high!profile!names!like!Yahoo!!! Many!developers!seem!to!be!banking!on!the!fact!that!users!are!willing!to! turn!to!apps!to!find!other!apps.!A!recent!rash!of!app!discovery!tools! available!for!iOS!devices!(including!one!out!of!left!field!from!Yahoo)! definitely!identifies!a!problem,!but!I’m!not!sure!it!provides!any!real! lasting!solutions.!!! mobileYouth!–!youth!mobile!culture!since!2001!! http://www.mobileyouth.org!http://www.mobileyouthreport.com!!
  3. 3. !AreyouththemissinglinkinDiscovery?YouthkeytoinfluencebothinpeergroupsandwithadultsHave!we!bet!the!bank!on!centralized!discovery,!innovation!and!education!of!applications!when!all!along!the!answer!was!right!there!under!our!noses?!What!role!do!youth!play!in!the!Age!of!Discovery?!!Recent!industry!data!shows!30%!of!adult!apps!downloaded!to!their!phones!were!actually!instigated!by!their!children.!So!youth!may!be!a!Trojan!Horse!in!the!Age!of!Discovery!but!this!is!only!a!drop!in!the!ocean!of!their!potential.! But!not!everybody!will!be!convinced.!It!depends!on!your!world!view.!Either!you!see!innovation!as!a!function!of!genius!or!a!social!process.!Either!application!innovation!is!a!product!of!genius!creative!agencies!like!IDEO,!product!managers!and!innovation!departments!or!you!see!it!as!a!function!of!genius!markets.!After!all,!19!year!olds!gave!us!Facebook,!Napster,!BBM!and!SMS!–!to!name!but!a!few!surprises!that!emerged!from!the!genius!of!countless!social!interactions.!!! mobileYouth!–!youth!mobile!culture!since!2001!! http://www.mobileyouth.org!http://www.mobileyouthreport.com!!
  4. 4. !WhatroledoyouthplayinAppinnovation?YoutharekeyInnovatorsHere’s!a!collection!of!how!!organizations!are!harnessing!the!innovative!potential!of! youth! –! in! store,! in! office,! in! school.! Everyone’s! doing! it! because! they! love!doing!it!and!no!money!is!changing!hands.!Big!brands!like!Google!and!Apple!aren’t!pumping! hit/miss! products! onto! their! high! end! users! like! the! mobile! industry!has! been! doing! for! years.! The! risk! is! absorbed! by! young! users! who! evolve! and!cocreate!the!product!before!it!reaches!market.!!! Here’s!a!picture!from!the!Apple! Store’s!own!strategy!to!capture! youth!innovation.!Invite!youth! to!Apple!Camps!with!the!lure!of! being!able!to!create!&!record! your!own!videos!and!music.! Which!selfFrespecting!teenager! wouldn’t!be!attracted?!Now!you! have!a!free!focus!group! highlighting!all!the!potential! usage!scenarios!evoked!by!a! ! team!of!fearless!developers.! Things!have!obviously!moved!on! since!I!last!saw!a!bunch!of! developers.!These!are!all!young! and!female.!They!are!the! Droidettes!patronizing!Google’s! app!labs.!Google!knows!that!by! harnessing!and!training!these! volunteer!developers!they! create!a!conduit!for!not!only! innovation!but!also!insight!and! ! marketing!for!the!next!gen!of! apps.! The!very!cool!Youth!Applab!in! DC,!USA.!Young!kids!developing! apps,!for!education,!for!fun.! These!youngsters!are!passionate! about!what!they!do.!They!are! Amateurs!and!amateurs!are!key! to!the!future!of!application! development.!Amateur,!in!Latin! (Amator)!means!“to!love”!and!in! this!era!of!attention,!being! simply!“liked”!means!you!might! as!well!be!invisible.!! !! mobileYouth!–!youth!mobile!culture!since!2001!! http://www.mobileyouth.org!http://www.mobileyouthreport.com!!
  5. 5. !!TopDownvsBottomUpInnovationThefutureofAppsisoutthere,beyondourcontrol! !!It’s!happening,!it’s!taking!place!out!there!already!and!we!are!not!party!to!it.!Rather!than!interrupt!it!and!try!to!impress!our!own!ideas!on!the!social!process,!why!not!simply!support!it!–!like!Apple!and!Google!are!doing?!And!it’s!not!just!going!to!take!place!in!Cupertino!or!DC,!think!of!the!potential!of!young!mobile!owners!in!China!and!India!alone.!According!to!mobileYouth.org!data,!1!in!5!of!the!world’s!mobile!owning!youth!will!be!living!in!India!by!2012.!China!has!already!taken!the!lead!with!its!3rd!party!Android!market.!!Quote!from!article!in!Technode:!! “There’re!lots!of!3rd!party!Android!markets!in!China,!including!AppChina! (invested!by!Innovation!Works),!which!also!crossed!an!aggregate!of!over! 100!million!downloads,!HiApk!(by!game!vendor!NetDragon),!Aimi8,! Eoemarket!and!Mumayi.!,!none!of!those!markets!have!generated!positive! and!consistent!revenue!yet!...!because!the!majority!of!Android!apps!are! offered!for!free.”!!! ! mobileYouth!–!youth!mobile!culture!since!2001!! http://www.mobileyouth.org!http://www.mobileyouthreport.com!!
  6. 6. !ContactmobileYouth!To!find!out!more!about!the!mobileYouth!Report!and!how!it!can!help!you!please!send!an!email!to!josh.dhaliwal@mobileyouth.org!!JoshDhaliwal,Directorhttp://www.mobileYouth.org!http://www.mobileYouthreport.com!!UK:!+44!20!3286!3635!North!America:!+1!646!867!3635!South!Africa:!+!27!11!08!3635!1!Asia:!+852!8176!3650!! mobileYouth!–!youth!mobile!culture!since!2001!! http://www.mobileyouth.org!http://www.mobileyouthreport.com!!
  7. 7. THE MOBILEYOUTH 2013 REPORT youth marketing insights for handset brands, content providers and operators features: 29 reports 400+ pages data, charts, cases mobileYouth: tracking youth & mobile culture since 2001 MOBILEYOUTH youth marketing mobile culture since 2001
  8. 8. THE MOBILEYOUTH 2013 REPORThttp://www.mobileyouth.org MOBILEYOUTH youth marketing mobile culture since 2001

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