Few emerging technologies have grown as fast as mobile applications. Since Apple first introduced the App Store back in 2008, its pace of evolution has fundamentally changed the way we live, work, and amuse ourselves.

While some predicted that its go-go growth days are gone, others see increasing opportunities as smartphone rises along with user maturity. Mobile app research firm App Annie predicted earlier this year that global mobile app downloads will more than double to 284 billion in the next four years.

Regardless of what you believe, one thing is clear; the size of mobile app market is still huge but nothing short of innovation could make you stand out from the crowd.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.