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Jun 02 2015 - 10:48 PM
The Future of Mobile Apps
If you want to see the future of smartphone apps, forget Silicon Valley and head to Seoul. According to this story in the NYTimes, Seoul is 3-4 years ahead of San Francisco in terms of internet infrastructure.
Much of this was made possible by two decades of enormous public investment. Seoul is blanketed with free Wi-Fi that offers the world’s fastest Internet speeds — twice as fast as the average American’s. Back in 1995, the government began a 10-year plan to build out the country’s broadband infrastructure and, through a series of public programs, to teach Koreans what they could do with it... To maintain South Korea’s lead, the country’s Science Ministry recently announced a $1.5 billion initiative to upgrade Korea’s mobile infrastructure. By 2020, the government predicts, it will be 1,000 times faster — so fast you could download a feature-length movie in approximately one second.
What has this amazing infrastructure meant for app development in Seoul? More complex apps with more functionalities. This stand in stark contrast to single-use apps in the U.S. like "Yo" or "1minLate."
|By: Hui Soo Chae|1236 Reads