It is hard to say exactly when the smartphone era began. Some will point to January 9th, 2007 when Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first version of the Apple iPhone. Keep in mind that smartphones had been available well before the unveiling of Apple’s iconic handset. Some will say that the start of the smartphone era took place on July 10th, 2008 with the launch of the Apple App Store. The App Store really opened up these devices that users were purchasing, and helped give consumers a focus on what they wanted their phones to do.
While the rise of the smartphone has allowed …