Sachin Bansal is the co-founder of India’s largest e-commerce platform Flipkart. His vision of a â€˜Mobile App Villageâ€™ has a broad outlook and innovative plan. The Â â€˜Mobile App Villageâ€™ can be termed as an ecosystem where developers can find solutions to challenged faced by our country. He was speaking at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) held on Friday in Bangalore. GMIC is the largest conference on global technology innovation with huge participation from Indian tech companies. GMIC is the leading platform for mobile industry entrepreneurs, developers and investors to communicate, share ideas, and showcase their work.
Sachin said that Flipkart now sees 50 percent transactions through mobile phones. He added that Tier II and Tier II cities are also joining in significantly. This could be a great opportunity for developers to tackle Indiaâ€™s problems through the Internet. Smartphones have great potential in all domains today, especially music, education, and entertainment. On the lines of the â€˜Make In Indiaâ€™ campaign by PM Narendra Modi, Sachin declared that a â€˜Make in India Appâ€™ campaign is the need of the hour. Naveen Tewari, CEO and founder of InMobi, said that it is necessary to give priority to solving problems rather than simply developing applications.
The mobile business is booming today and this has also brought down the cost of doing business on a global level. Low-cost apps are expected to help entrepreneurs reach out to all corners of the globe. Design capability is an area where India needs to get better so as to sompete with the leaders in mobile technology. GMIC also witnessed noteworthy inputs from Chinese and European companies – new coding platforms, developer kits, and mobile tecnology were some of the key focus areas. Chinese mobile companies Cheetah Mobile, Mobogenie and UCWeb were the top sponsors of the GMIC at Bangalore.
The mobile highway seems to be the way to go today and Sachinâ€™s vision of a Mobile App village holds great promise for India. Software products for enterprise, entertainment, education, healthcare, sports and so on need to be made locally to avoid heavy import bills. The smartphone industry is headed for a giant leap and a Flipkart survey estimates that around 1 billion smartphones would be sold in India in the next five years. As Sachin concluded, â€œIf we get it right, we can become the world leader in mobile apps.â€