PARIS: At the end of the sharp conflict in Syria, in the bag of school children in Kenya, whether fighting deadly diseases or studying forestry, smartphones have become common everywhere in just a decade.
This year, the number of users is expected to exceed three billion, and AFP photographers have taken the example of how cellphones have become a mainstay of life throughout the world for people who cannot live without them.
Take Moris Atwine, 25. Ugandan entrepreneurs help develop a mobile application to help diagnose malaria, killers worldwide, without the need for blood samples, and send results in seconds.
Qiao Xi, 21, described his smartphone as his "boyfriend". From a blue studio, a vlogger of live streaming of songs in Beijing, dance moves and observations about daily life to around 600,000 followers on the Huoshan channel.
From being reckless to very serious, Mohammed Hamroush is a member of the "White Helmets" group, who rushed to help wounded victims in rebel-held Syria.
Hamroush's smartphone helps volunteers track down the bombardment, get where help is needed, and allow his worried wife to find out she's safe.
Inna Salminen works in a much calmer condition, surveying Finland's forests, but also knows that her smartphone can be a savior if she gets lost in a remote area.
The 27-year-old conservationist spoke for the whole generation when he described only having a "blurred memory" of life before a smartphone.
Age 13, Imelda Mumbi has no such memory at all. Kenyan students use their smartphones for fun, of course, but also to help with their studies.
Imelda relies on Eneza, an interactive educational application that has around three million users worldwide, connecting its angle with Africa into a global network that has grown from zero in a few short years.