Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google Inc (GOOG), Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY) and Trends for Teens

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is also in the race as a second-tier player right now. However, it’s never safe to write off the Redmond-based company. The new partnership with Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK)is an effort to rebuild Microsoft’s penetration into the smartphone market. Like Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), though, Microsoft doesn’t seem to be focusing on the young users of today but focusing on the business class traveler with both the Windows 8 phone and the Surface tablet. We’ll be five years figuring out whether that’s a strategy that will work.

So there’s not doubt about it. Smartphones are, indeed, the coming thing. Only a fool couldn’t see it as teens adopt them at a greater pace than adults and become more comfortable using them for all sorts of tasks that those of us working for a living aren’t yet doing. How they grow into their role as the first truly mobile Internet-savvy generation that the world has ever seen is yet to be determined. We’re all going to be dinosaurs; I just hope the comet doesn’t hurt much when it lands.

Good luck!

The article Apple, Google, BlackBerry and Trends for Teens originally appeared on and is written by Nate Wooley.

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