State of the internet

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Tue Oct 2 23:20:15 CDT 2012


J. Landman Gay wrote:

 > Interesting set of graphs. Looks like RR was wise to focus on mobile:
 >
 > <http://www.businessinsider.com/state-of-internet-slides-2012-10?op=1>

Laptops overtook desktop sales nearly a decade ago.  This mobile trend 
has been progressing steadily since, enjoying ever-steeper adoption 
rates as the technology gets smaller, lighter, and consumes less power.

This chart from your link is especially encouraging for us LiveCode 
developers:
<http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/50649f2769bedd1562000006-900/.jpg>

While most of the newer generation of developers are focusing 
exclusively on the biggest percentage in that chart (smartphones), those 
of us using an omni-platform tool like LiveCode can also fully 
capitalize on the the second-biggest segment as well, labeled there as 
"Personal Computers".

A majority of the apps in both the iOS and Android app stores are 
earning between minimum wage and zero, while desktop software continues 
to be the solid business opportunity we've always enjoyed, only bigger:  
that chart shows the PC sales increasing year over year at roughly the 
same rate of growth from 2000 through 2015.

Most of our competition has never designed for the desktop; they know 
only mobile, and earn only mobile revenues.

But us LiveCoders can extend our existing desktop model into the mobile 
arena in ways that compliment both.  We're not affected by the downward 
pressure on prices that inhibit mobile-only devs; for many of us here, 
mobile software is effectively just a feature we add to our desktop 
offerings.

RunRev is in a very good spot indeed, far beyond the limited role of 
desktop-only or even mobile-only tools in our increasingly diverse world.

-- 
  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems




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