Mobile apps and the Cloud

In today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tim Barker wrote a story on the uncertainty in the world technology with regards to the next hot gadget or application. While it’s tough to predict what will take off in the eyes of consumers, one thing is certain: the evolution of apps for today’s smart phones continues to be a subject that is top of mind for app users, app designers and the consumer technology analysts and media intermediaries.  With that in mind, here’s a rundown of some of the more interesting recent pieces we’ve read on mobile apps and their relationship to the cloud.

In its new budget, the federal government is getting on board, as described recently by Kim Hart in The Hill:

“The 2011 federal budget for information technology includes $35 million to introduce mobile applications for citizens and agencies.

The money is part of a $79 billion IT budget, a slight decrease from this year’s IT funding of $81 billion. Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said he wants to “tap into the mobile revolution” by helping the General Services Administration (GSA) to add cellphone apps to the government “store” at Apps.gov.

Right now, Apps.gov offers cloud computing applications for agencies. It features pre-approved services–like word processors and customer management software–immediately and for free.

Kundra has been a vocal advocate of cloud computing since he took his post in the White House last year. Now he is turning some of his focus to mobile services modeled after the success of Apple’s popular app store for the iPhone.”

The Guardian’s Vic Keegan also argued recently that customers should pay more for apps because most of today’s popular apps utilize cloud technology, which has proven to be costly for app developers.  The variety of coding for the various platforms makes it even more difficult for truly widespread app design.

“….a staggering 87% of these downloads will be free for users. That’s great for you and me, but it is not an obvious way to encourage a growing industry to hire people….

[With more open coding] a new generation of cloud coders could send the apps revolution off in a whole new – and much cheaper – direction. The best things in life are not always free.”

Lastly, Marco Tabin’s recent Macworld story highlights just a few of the newest mobile office products for the iPhone/iPod touch:

“iPhone app makers have cloud computing on the brain. In separate releases this week, both Readdle and Quickoffice talked up mobile office products for the iPhone and iPod touch that interact with popular cloud-based storage services.”


While mobile apps and office products will continue to evolve to make playing and working on-the-go easier, what other resources would you like to see developed as cloud-based apps?

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