October 9, 2014
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Matthew David from TheAppBuilder.com is an intense individual. He has seen the opportunity lying in front of mobile application developers and I suspect that it’s keeping him up at night. No, its not tied to a single platform. The opportunity he sees is based on a trend that involves billions of mobile phone users around the globe. “There are 7 billion people on the planet, 4.5 billion of them have cell phones” David explained, “currently 5% are smartphones. By the end of 2012, we’ll see that number move to 20%.” That’s about 700 million new smartphones, for those of us counting along, that will be coming online this year. Let that number sink in for a moment. If you’re a bit skeptical, note that some projections put 2012 iPhone says at between 125 and 200 million, and that’s just one phone in the market.