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In 2009, Gartner Research predicts a 25% increase in sales of Smartphone models, such as Blackberries and iPhones. In spite of the recessionary spending constraints, the use of Smartphones has surged. And this trend is expected to continue. Currently Smartphones only account for a quarter of the total cell phone shipments in the U.S., but as the desire to stay digitally connected continues to rise, increase in Smartphone usage will undoubtedly follow suit. The adoption of Smartphones isn't purely business related; consumers see them as the ultimate tool to stay in touch with family and friends.
This occurrence has bolstered the need for IT professionals who are proficient at creating and adapting applications for mobile use. Users are seeking faster, richer more comprehensive mobile experiences in both their business and personal use. Therefore, companies are scrambling to find talented tech pros that can help them cash in on this trend. Developers who have the IT skills to create smarter, more intuitive interfaces with ample computing power that provide value, utility and/or fun are highly valued in today's job market.