There is no doubt that mobile applications rely largely on the cloud for much of their fantastic capabilities. Many people in the developed world may not fully appreciate the impact smartphones and their thousands of useful applications have had on people in the developing world where Internet infrastructure is still developing. Mobile apps themselves owe a lot to the cloud. Here are some ways in which this synergy works –
A large number of SaaS vendors are providing a ready to use environment that mobile apps can use. A number of vendors allow you to use full fledged MS Office compatible word processors and spreadsheets without having to install anything on the smartphone.
Payment gateways have become very easy to use via mobile apps. One just has to look at the extreme popularity of the Apple iTunes store to realize how important easy payment options are to the overall success of an endeavor. A number of well proven payment methods are now available on various cloud platforms.
Since cloud based services rely on extensive data to authenticate their billing, any cloud based service has very advanced data capture systems built in. Mobile applications use this in a number of ways besides merely for billing. They are able to gather extensive data about customer habits and usage trends that go on to make these applications even more capable.
Since mobile applications have a short and rapid development cycle, developers would rather use those features of the cloud which are already tried and tested rather than write them afresh.