Just got off the phone with my one of my good friend Eric from Detroit and we chatted about a few things like me whooping up on him and his brother Al in a desktop game called Starcraft they were my mentors for the game teaching me everything and then some until student turned master now I just crush them both. Ok ok I’m back from memory lane some 12 years ago. Let me tell you why I made this post.
Eric has to be one the most well rounded brothers I know when it comes to tech and social media he’s the author of 3 books on tech stuff, former insider at Yahoo and a host of other tech companies. So as we checked up on each other’s fam and talk holiday stuff, you know how folks do when they’re playing catch up. We eventually got around to talking about his 2 year old company The Web Academy. Talk about niche ideas, check this out Eric teaches a course on Mobile Apps (Android) and if you haven’t heard of Android or mobile apps please stop reading for a second and go Google it. I’ll say this, everyone’s predicting mobile apps and mobile ads to be the next big thing for creating millionaires in this field for those that get involved now.
Never mind there are already a few million apps developed on the market today you can still become a developer and grab your piece of this huge pie. You may not know this but many of these apps are made from individuals between the ages of 9-25 year olds in the bedrooms of there parents home or their college dorm rooms, not by big software companies.
Did you know that according to a study by ComScore, over 45.5 million people in the United States owned smart phones in 2010 and it is the fastest growing segment of the mobile phone market, which comprised 234 million subscribers in the United States.
This study went on to say despite the large increase in smartphone sales in the last few years, smart phone shipments only make up 20% of total handset shipments, as of the first half of 2010.
Well doing the math there says there’s a whole lot of room to grow. In fact every mobile phone made from this point on will have some sort of web base smart phone technology built into it period. CNN recently wrote about the mobile app market as well as the latest tech craze iPads and Galaxy type of platforms. Guess what they need apps too and you can read more about it here @ CNN.
Now I know a bit about this technology stuff heck, I teach it from time to time with Pam Perry and Sylvia Hubbard, so Eric gave me a sneak peak at the course and its solid so solid I signed up all 3 of my kids. Seriously who else would better understand this and use it more *hint wink wink*.
My little ones are great at sports but they’re no Tiger, Kobe or Venus, but these kids of mine, I’ll tell you what, they catch on quick to this tech stuff and I’m figuring maybe I got myself a Bill what’s his name or that Apple guy Steve, heck I might just have a couple of Mark Zuckerberg’s under my roof. Do you get what I’m saying here friend, sign up and let your kids learn with you, you’ll thank me for it later.
Ok enough of me rambling since Google introduction in the smart phone marketplace, the Droid has been chipping away market share from Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry. In 2010, Google released an open development platform called Android App Inventor and they are looking for developers to develop applications to sell in their smart phone market places. This user friendly platform allows non-programmers the ability to create Android applications and these applications run on Droid phone. The Web Academy (a non profit technology organization) will be offering FREE Android App Inventor classes to anyone interested in learning. The classes are FREE however, the course materials cost $69.00.