In recent years, ‘Smartphone’ devices are becoming increasingly aware of their background using sensors to detect a user’s current context. Due to this increase in the use of sensors, there is currently a lot of potential for developing context – aware mobile applications. One of the key uses of sensor data in context-aware applications are determined location, as this can greatly improve the potential functionality available to the user. For example time, weather and even the person using the device. An activity that can be significantly improved with the introduction of context is mobile tourism. Usually, mobile tourism apps depend heavily on location, and for the most part ignores other types of context. This can lead to the delivery of irrelevant information to the user, as there is a lack of adequate content filtering. This paper discusses on the Tourist Apps for Apple IOS and Android Platform.Introduction |
Tourist Apps is an essential tool kit for this New Generation of Travelers. Tourist Apps offer an affordable and reasonable alternative to expensive devices. With an integrated keypad, Point of Interest (POI) directory, interactive maps, and slide show and photo gallery, they have worried the requirement for proprietary technology. Visitors explore indoor facilities and outdoor Points of Interest using audio, video, photos and textual content Using maps. This provides advantages over GPS only, adding the flexibility of an integrated keypad for indoor and outdoor audio-visual interpretation.
Smartphones are mainstream with active IOS and Android devices surpassing 700 million globally by now. Global Mobile data traffic is growing rapidly to an impressive share of 13% of Internet traffic in 2012. With the increasing public awareness thereof, end users (including travelers) have been quick to embrace mobile applications (apps).
The massive growth of companies leveraging apps to capture the benefits of mobile technology shows that Mobile is a must have customer acquisition, retention and communication channel. Reasons to buy a Smartphone are not hardware features but the user interface and applications available. Much like any Smartphone platform, IOS and Android are driven by economics of demand, where the demand generated (inc. the number of applications) has a far stronger effect on sales than pure supply chain efficiency. iOS and Android are leading the way, with billions of applications downloaded.
In February 2012 the German Apple App Store accounted for about 550.000 apps including 26.000 travel apps (category Travel). This year there are around 780.000 apps and 36.000 travel apps (category Travel) representing a market share of 4,62% of all apps available (31,04% in Games category). Paid apps account for 44% and 56% are free travel apps.
Within the App Store category travel apps. Had a close look at different apps. Tourism market analyst the most interesting ones and created 25 categories relating to the travel industry. For each category user took (if available) five travel apps and tried to establish their differences in terms of functionalists, ranking and App Store user reviews.
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