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O. Folorunsho, R. Picking, V. Grout

Glyndwr University (UNITED KINGDOM)
The development of Mobile Applications (Mobile Apps) and the Technologies for deployment are clearly demonstrating that the digital gap between the developed industrialized world and the developing countries will be minimised in the not too distant future. In this paper, Mobile Communication Technologies and Mobile Application development on Smart Phones are reviewed. The applicability of these technologies in the developing countries as regards to communication infrastructures and other factors are main focus of this paper. We argue that the Mobile Apps technologies which at present have delivered social inclusion for developing countries through social networking like Facebook, Twitter, etc will help in the quest for Globalisation. Connectivity through the Internet is considered as bringing the world together as a Global Village, but, this has yet to be delivered as developing countries are still far behind the developed industrialised world. The advent of Mobile Apps is a positive development to achieve Globalisation as people in remote villages in the developing countries can now benefit through social inclusion. In the near future, more serious business transactions will be made available for the developing countries on the Internet. Since the present communication infrastructures (CDMA, GSM, 2G and 3G) in the developing countries can support Mobile Apps Technologies, this paper constructively argues the need for commercial Mobile Apps to include developing countries demographically without compromising standards and security.