WKRN’s Jamey Tucker came by the Paramore offices last month to speak with Jesse Bunch and me about application development. The story aired Monday night. See the video here, or read the story below from WKRN’s website.
Austin Peay offers new class to build iPhone apps
Clarksville, Tenn. - Austin Peay State University is offering a new computer programming class this winter/spring semester. Introduction to Developing Mobile Applications, the first class of its kind in the state, has attracted 15 students. The class will prepare them for a job building apps for the still-emerging app market.
“I think this one is not a fad,” said class instructor Dr. John Nicholson. “It’s going to change, but the idea of a small powerful device you carry with you and allows you to do computing wherever you are, that part is here to stay.”
Student Colten Spears decided to take the class after seeing how the app market has taken off in recent months.
“The market is full of them,” he said. “You look at them, and they’re all pretty cheap, but there’s lots of downloads, so there’s money to be made in it.”
An example of that is the popular game Angry Birds. It costs only .99 cents in Apple’s app store, but there have been more than 50,000 downloads. Apple takes 30% of the sale, which still leaves $35,000 for the developer.
Kate Gallagher, Media Director for Paramore, said mobile applications developed for iOS and Android devices can cost anywhere from $199 to $50,000. “Recently there was a report that showed the app store is growing at a greater rate than the music portion of iTunes,” she added.
When students like Spears graduates, they’ll be ready to build apps for Android devices. Google recently posted more than 64 job openings, looking specifically for computer developers specializing in apps. Apple’s app store recently sailed past the 10 billion app download mark, but the Android app market is just beginning to grow. Austin Peay plans to offer the class again this fall. It will focus on developing apps for the iPhone and iPad.
For more information on courses offered at Austin Peay State University, visit apsu.edu.
Paramore Does App Development
In January we announced the release of BabyTime, the first iPhone app for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. We worked with Vanderbilt on the idea of helping moms-to-be have a smoother labor and delivery experience. Read about BabyTime by clicking here.
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