At Read Write Web, Devanshi Garg examines why mobile apps are on the rise while traditional software is in steep decline:

Prior to the proliferation of mobile devices, downloading software and experimenting with new programs was left primarily to tech-savvy individuals. Consider the painstaking process of finding a free video editor, a music-sharing program prior to iTunes, or a task-management application. Not many people bothered.

With the emergence of app stores, everyday people are constantly interacting with software, judging its value, and installing and deleting apps on their devices at a rapid pace.

Another key factor is the proliferation — and unprecedented adoption by consumers — of mobile broadband. All the more reason for regulators to do everything they can to keep investment in wireless networks happening at a blistering pace.