What would life be like without a smartphone? There are still some of us roaming about that can actually remember a time, back before the earth’s crust cooled, when mobile phones served one single function as a calling device.

In the article, “Smartphones Poised to Take Over Mobile Phones in 2013:  Ten Reasons Why,” writer Don Reisinger cited a new study from research firm International Data Corporations that predicted, “For the first time, smartphone shipments in 2013 will outpace mobile device shipments.” Reisinger listed 10 reasons for this shift, including, among others, emerging markets around the world (particularly in South America and Asia), Apple’s iPhone touch screen technology introduced in 2007, Google’s open source Android operating system, lower costs, better quality and the rapidly growing middle class in China.

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