At this point, it’s an understatement to say the mobile landscape is growing.
More than 80 percent of the world’s population will have a smartphone by 2020 — a number that can be both daunting and exciting, given that there are now more mobile devices on the planet than people.
Mobile’s quick growth has implications in a number of areas, including healthcare, transportation and retail. Taken together, that means the mobile industry will increasingly impact the economy in years to come. Between 2009 and 2014, mobile contributed $548 billion to the United States GDP. Six of the 25 most valuable companies in the world make up parts of the mobile value chain: Apple, Google, China Mobile, Alibaba, Facebook and Verizon.