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Just as we're about to celebrate what I consider the seventh anniversary of the smartphone –Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) launched the iPhone on June 29, 2007 – there's no shortage of "experts" who will tell you the category is already dead.
Ever since Samsung and Apple began warning of a slowdown in smartphone growth about a year ago, the gloom-and-doomers have been writing eulogies for the seemingly ubiquitous product.
For instance, Investor's Business Daily recently said the market is "maturing" – concluding that formerly special devices like the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy have reached "commodity" status.
Just a few months ago, TheStreet.com said the market is "rapidly losing its growth" and predicted an even more drastic slowdown to come because of the sputtering Western European economy.
And earlier this year, market research firm IDC predicted a slowdown in worldwide smartphone shipments.
These predictions are way off target.
And I can prove it.
The experts study the smartphone-wielding crowds in cafés, airport terminals, sporting events, hotel lobbies, and even supermarkets here in the United States and conclude the market has reached the saturation point.
That's not actually the case.
Besides, there are huge swaths of the world where most folks have yet to even hold a smartphone, let alone own one.
And this means there's still a huge opportunity for global sales.
The IDC report I just mentioned actually shows this. The market-researcher estimates that smartphones sales hit roughly 1 billion units for the first time last year. And by 2018, it is projecting that worldwide sales will zoom to 1.7 billion devices.
We're talking about a market that's going to zoom 70% in just five years.
And we've just identified the biggest beneficiary.
It's a tech leader – a company that has a stranglehold lead on a smartphone component that will make this growth possible. And it just keeps adding to its product offerings and bolstering its technology to maintain its lead and keep its challengers in the rear-view mirror.
It's one of the best investments in tech – and it's one you want to grab now, before Wall Street gets wise.
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Michael A. Robinson is a 35-year Silicon Valley veteran and one of the top technology financial analysts working today. He regularly delivers winning trade recommendations to the Members of his monthly tech investing newsletter, Nova-X Report, and small-cap tech service, Radical Technology Profits. In the past two years alone, his subscribers have seen over 100 double- and triple-digit gains from his recommendations.
As a consultant, senior adviser, and board member for Silicon Valley venture capital firms, Michael enjoys privileged access to pioneering CEOs and high-profile industry insiders. In fact, he was one of five people involved in early meetings for the $160 billion "cloud" computing phenomenon. And he was there as Lee Iacocca and Roger Smith, the CEOs of Chrysler and GM, led the robotics revolution that saved the U.S. automotive industry.
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