[bbc] The market for mobile applications, or apps, will become "as big as the internet", peaking at 10 million apps in 2020, a leading online store says.
However, GetJar say, the developer community will decline drastically as each developer makes less money.
According to the Symbian Foundation, newly in the developer market, apps will become more personal and practical as their numbers grow.
The comments were made at the MobileBeat conference in San Francisco.
"Apps will be as big if not bigger than the internet," according to Ilja Laurs, chief executive of GetJar, a leading independent application store.
"They will peak at around 100,000 by the end of the year. That will be a tipping point and after that there will be a gradual fall in the rate of development.
"The full blossom will come in ten years and mobile apps will become as popular as websites are today with consumers," Mr Laurs told BBC News.
Apps 'to be as big as internet'
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