PARIS, November 13 – At the end of a conflict in Syria, in a bag of a school child in Kenya, whether it is about combating deadly diseases or studying forestry, the smartphone has been ubiquitous for more than a decade.
This year it is expected that the number of users will pass three billion, and AFP photographers have tasted how the phones have become a mainstay of lives all over the world for people who can not live without.
Take Moris Atwine, 25. The Ugandan entrepreneur has helped develop a mobile app to help diagnose malaria, a murderer worldwide, without having to take a blood sample and transfer the result within seconds.
Qiao Xi, 21, describes her smartphone as her "boyfriend". From a completely blue studio, the Beijing-based vlogger streams songs, dance movements and observations about her daily life to about 600,000 followers on the Huoshan Canal.
From the frivolous to the deadly serious, Mohammed Hamroush is a member of the "White Helmets" group, who runs to help the wounded in rebel-preserved parts of Syria.
The smartphone from Hamroush helps the volunteer to detect bombing, seek help and let his worried wife know that he is safe.
Inna Salminen works in much calmer conditions and researches the forests of Finland, but also knows that her smartphone can be a lifesaver if she gets lost in a remote area.
The 27-year-old nature conservation expert speaks a whole generation when she describes that she only has a & # 39; hazy memory & # 39; to life for smartphones.
Age 13, Imelda Mumbi has no memory at all. The Kenyan schoolgirl uses her smartphone for fun, of course, but also to help her study.
Imelda counts on Eneza, an interactive educational app with around three million users worldwide, that puts its corner of Africa in a global network that has grown from nothing in a few years. – AFP