The emergence of the smartphone has fundamentally changed the way that people compute, not to mention created a fair few fortunes in the process. And while many developed markets have long been inundated with these devices, the story in many ways is only beginning in emerging markets. It's perhaps this reason more than any other that still makes shares of global search giant Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) intriguing, despite having performed quite nicely over the past 12 months. To find out exactly just how immense Google's prospects could be, check out the following video.

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