Smartphones have become an extension of our very being in recent years. From Steve Jobs saying he’d put an iPod in a phone to what we have now, usage stats prove just how much our reliance on these small devices has soared.

We use them for music, alarms, clocks, messaging across multiple platforms such as good old SMS, to Viber, WhatsApp and FB messenger, catching up on news, watching YouTube videos, checking email, corporate apps for time management, project management and many other tasks. Current records show approximately 3 billion people worldwide own a smartphone.

Delve a little deeper and we see that those of us aged 25 and over use our smartphones around 265 times a day. As you would expect, those in the 15 to 24 age bracket hit their phones even more — around 390 times daily.

Break that down and we are all connected to our phones in one way or another every couple of minutes while awake. It’s this usage that helps drive innovation, new ideas and exciting development trends to meet a growing demand on how we engage with our devices and the apps on them.

Here are some of the most exciting and important trends and tech ideas to keep an eye on in 2018 and beyond. Related: 15 Useful Tech Tools for Your Business Most of us have now encountered augmented reality (think of when the Olympics broadcast overlays the country flags in each lane of the pool during swimming events) and virtual reality (instead of watching a screen in front of you — you are immersed in an artificial, three-dimensional world with the use of a headset). Read more from entrepreneur.com…

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