It’s a big app world on the way

Apple introduced its App Store in July 2008. Google opened its Android Market for business a few months later in October.

We mention this as we consider the findings of a new report from Gartner on where things stand with the future of mobile apps. Gartner believes that by 2017 mobile apps will be downloaded more than 268 billion times and generate revenue of more than $77 billion.

Gartner predicts that as a result, mobile users will provide personalized data streams to more than 100 apps and services every day.

Gartner also believes that mobile apps will become even more significant as they expand to wearable devices, home appliances and connected cars.

Here’s what Gartner has to say.