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."