The use of mobile applications on smartphones continues its trend of strong growth. According to a recent press release, users of Apple’s App Store have downloaded over 40 billion apps, with over two billion downloads occurring in the month of December alone. According to Apple, nearly 20 billion of the 40 billion downloads occurred in 2012. Apple’s App Store first opened in July 2008; thus, users downloaded nearly the same number of apps in the last year as the combined total in the two and a half years before that.
With numbers like these, it is clear that consumers are embracing the use of mobile apps at an ever growing rate. To meet this demand, developers are responding with a large selection of apps. As reported in an article written by InsideMobileApps, last October, Apple and Google, creators of the two largest mobile application marketplaces, reported that they were hosting approximately 700,000 applications each.
However, as the use of mobile applications continues to grow, it is important to consider the legal implications of creating and releasing apps. App developers must not only conform to the relevant law in their own jurisdiction, but they must also consider the law in the jurisdiction of the users of the apps as well.
If your company has released a mobile application or is planning on developing one, be sure to seek solid advice. Contact us for additional information.