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From Instagram Parodies to Embroidered Phone Cases

By: Armida Ascano - Published: Jan 17, 2013
Phone trends of 2012 prove this was the year the cell phone became more than a communication device, or even an accessory; it became a part of pop culture. For years, people's phones have deviated further and further from their initial purpose. In 2012, phones became widely recognized as cameras, computers, fashion pieces -- by the end of the year, phones stopped being a medium for discussing current news or humor and became the subject of news or humor themselves.

An example of this is seen in the hilarious site 'HeTexted,' which prompts users to share screenshots of text conversations so others can decipher the "texting language." Instagram changed the phone industry for good in 2012, with numerous camera-specific phone attachments, such as the Gizmon Clip-On Lense, putting the emphasis on a mobile device's photo capabilities.

Whether you're in the industry or not, sifting through these microtrends is sure to spark some ideas. If you're looking to deep dive into the world of phone trends, check out our Phone Trend Report.