THE change in the role of mobile phones over the years has spiked the demand for phones which are much more application-enabled.
BrightPath Foundation executive director Bevil Wooding said this at the opening ceremony of the Youth TechCamp on Mobile Application Development yesterday.
"The world has transformed how you interact with technology.
"We are long past the days when mobile phones are for mobile phones, when you just used to make calls with your phone — what a silly notion," he said.
"Now people are using their phones to make phone calls, take pictures, to shoot videos, read books, to listen to the radio and it's not just a phone. Well, in fact, it is a pocketable computer.
"A lot of talk has been going on about the price of mobile phones and technology — think about the demand for these smart phones.
"You are in fact investing in a computer that is in your pocket."
Mr Wooding said while consumers purchased phones pertaining to appearance and speed, the most important thing to consider was what features were actually available in the phone.
"We may not be exclusive in building phones but we are simply exclusive in using these and increasingly become experts.
"For phones, some of us like to have faster, more glitzy phones but in fact it is the content of those phones that really matter."
He said this was where the role of the participants at the Youth Camp was necessary.
"What we are going to do this week is talk about the full ecosystem.
"We are going to talk from having an interest in mobile applications to actually choosing, selecting a platform, the audience you are targeting, because after all the significance of mobile phones is changing."