The very first mobile phone call can be traced by to a call made from Motorola to Bell Labs in April of 1973.  It would take another two decades before these mobile devices were capable of utilizing simple applications like calculators, calendars, notepads, etc.  But since the early 90s, the explosion of mobile app development has been incredible.

It would be in 1998 that the first media content was able to be downloaded directly to a mobile phone.  At first it was ringtones, so you and your friends could listen to the first few seconds of Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It every time you called one another.  Then in a huge leap forward during the Willenium, internet was available on our phones by 1999.

Jump forward to Steve Jobs and the App Store, probably the biggest revolution in mobile app development.  Now installing apps was easy.  It was fast.  And most importantly it was cool.  App developers from around the world scrambled to keep up with consumer demand, flooding the market with app after app.  By 2011, app usage had already surpassed mobile web usage.

So where are we at right now?  Well, over a billion people use smartphones and 80% of that time is spent on mobile apps.   These apps have replaced their physical counterparts in almost every regard.  But where does that leave you?  You, the young entrepreneur with an idea for a new app, an app you hope will succeed in a unfathomably massive marketplace?

The demand for developers has been met by countries like India, China, and Russia.  These developers often work for incredibly low rates, but, of course, you get what you pay for.  Those who are truly remaining competitive are those that understand the actual user, not those that can simply translate the app’s contents.

The mobile app industry is still growing at a rate of 7.95% per year.  Application developers are bringing visions to life, but the news ideas rest in the minds of people like yourself.  As Los Angeles mobile app developers we strive in a cluttered landscape because we help shape ideas into realities using time-tested methods of vetting and research.  If you’re ready to be a part of a team that can give your app the best chance at success, then contact us.  If not, then as the man himself once said, “Can’t stand the heat then get out the Wild Wild West.”

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CEO and Co-founder of Rootstrap Ben Lee is the co-founder and CEO of Rootstrap, a digital development agency with a mission to destroy the development model and rebuild it from the ground up. After a brief correspondence with Fidel Castro at age nine, Ben decided to start doing things his own way, going from busboy to club manager at a world-class nightclub before he turned 18. Since then, Ben has founded or taken a leading role in 5 businesses in everything from software development to food and entertainment.