I came across the following article in TechCrunch yesterday about Xiaomi and their high quality/very low prices smartphones (and tablets.)
It is the kind of thing that has to make you stand up and take notice.
Some of the highlights from the article are:
- Over 60 million smart phones were sold last year by Xiaomi
- At price points that are less than 1/3 the cost of iPhones (see PC World article on how they do it.)
- A new version of their best selling smartphone has been announced and it will sell for about $112 unlocked (compare that to an Apple or Samsung or HTC device)
Check out this link on their web site - they are making nice smartphones!
Q) So what does this all mean if you are developer or a company considering how you are going to build mobile apps for business to take advantage of the new world of truly affordable smartphones ?
A) Increased Opportunity!
At these lower and highly disruptive prices, all of the major analyst firms are predicting we will see 4-5 billion smartphones plus tablets in use world wide in the next 3-4 years.
While the USA and the EU has about 800 million people, it is a little over 10% of the world's 7 billion people. Companies will soon be able to reach a much broader audience than ever before!
Now with Alpha Anywhere 3.1 and its ability to quickly build secure and robust offline mobile apps for business , there is nothing stopping you or your company from riding the wave.
For more info on Alpha Anywhere please go to www.alphasoftware.com
P.S. It is worth noting that in this new world, where the operating costs of mobile apps once they are built are also an important consideration (in addition to the mobile device costs.) The ability to build offline capable apps, means that it is possible to build apps for devices that don't have a mobile data plan. For example if you have created a mobile app for your sales or service force, saving $50 per month per user for 100 or a 1000 people can result in savings of $5000 to $50000 per month!