Here are some recent numbers about smart phone use in the US and around the world. It appears that the Apple iPhone continues to make tremendous gains. The reason for this is debatable but in my opinion, the reason for the gain is similar to the reason why Twitter and Mozilla Firefox are so popular – customization.
As the massive lists of Mozilla Firefox extensions and Twitter apps allows for customized browsing and communicating experiences, it is my opinion that the ability to really customize one’s iPhone through an extensive list of available apps has made the iPhone the smart phone of choice. While the iPhone itself is a really powerful device, I don’t think that these kind of numbers and the speed at which these numbers have been achieved are possible without the iTunes app store.
Does anyone have stories of how iPhones are being customized to help student learn? Please place links in the comment field.