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Top 100 Mobile Trends in 2020

From Avatar Video Chat Apps to Gamified Billboard Ads

— December 26, 2020 — Tech
These 2020 mobile trends range from avatar video chat apps to gamified billboard ads.

Standouts include Natural Synthetics, "an app where Snapchat users can use a digital avatar and discover new friends—and even keep their Snapchat score high if that's a priority." The mobile platform's 3D avatars allow for a touch of escapism and personalization.

Malibu's 'A Bit of Sunshine' summer campaign is another notable example. The outdoor bus ad uses augmented reality technology to bring gaming content to life via one's mobile device. The billboard is powered by Snapchat’s innovative AR Marker Tech and requires passersby to scan a Snapcode to unlock access to an interactive game that they can play while waiting for a bus.

Samsung's phone-sanitizing service for its Galaxy devices rounds off this list and speaks to growing consumer health and hygiene concerns -- a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and growing questions surrounding everyday safety.

For more mobile trends in the year ahead, check out Trend Hunter's 2021 Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Virtual Movie Hunts
Virtual Movie Hunts
Google Joined with the British Film Institute for Its Mobile Camera Initiative
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99
Extreme Condition Power Solutions
Extreme Condition Power Solutions
The 'FROST SUMMITS' Smart Solar Charger is Outdoor-Friendly
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98
Low-Contact Dining Experiences
Low-Contact Dining Experiences
Allset's Free Contactless Ordering Solution Supports Restaurants
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97
Contactless Beverage Machines
Contactless Beverage Machines
Coca-cola Created Contactless Technology for Its Freestyle Fountains
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96
Free Phone Sanitizing Services
Free Phone Sanitizing Services
Samsung Boasts a Galaxy Sanitizing Service in 10 Countries
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95
Pandemic Relief Workout Promotions
Pandemic Relief Workout Promotions
Kayla Itsines is Encouraging Donations Through the SWEAT App
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94
Smartphone Camera-Covering Stickers
Smartphone Camera-Covering Stickers
The 'CamTag' Reusable Privacy Stickers Have a Glue-Free Design
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93
Checkout-Free Retail Expansions
Checkout-Free Retail Expansions
Amazon Now Has Agreements for Automated Checkout Systems
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92
Upcycled Portable Chargers
Upcycled Portable Chargers
Gomi Makes Portable Chargers with Plastic Waste & Repurposed Batteries
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91
Phone Sterilization Units
Phone Sterilization Units
'Centrepeace' Promotes Face-to-Face Time & Reduces Germs on Phones
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90
Exclusive Food Service Content
Exclusive Food Service Content
Wave Asian Bistro's Instagram is Populated with Unique Content
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89
Nostalgic 5G Smartphone Designs
Nostalgic 5G Smartphone Designs
The Motorola razr 2 Has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Processor
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88
Eco Lifestyle-Tracking Apps
Eco Lifestyle-Tracking Apps
The 'YAYZY' App Helps Users Reduce Their Environmental Impact
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87
Automated Checkout Apps
Automated Checkout Apps
Showfields' Contactless App Supports Shopping During the Pandemic
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86
Smartphone-Simplifying Apps
Smartphone-Simplifying Apps
The Ratio by Blloc Android Launcher Makes Devices Less Addictive
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85
Temperature-Taking Smartphones
Temperature-Taking Smartphones
The Huawei Honor Play 4 Has an Infrared Temperature Sensor
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84
Smartphone Video Production Grips
Smartphone Video Production Grips
The Shoulderpod G2 Maximizes Capabilities
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83
See-Through Display Smartphone Cases
See-Through Display Smartphone Cases
The Samsung Smart Clear View Cover Offers Intuitive Access
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82
Automated Smartphone Gimbals
Automated Smartphone Gimbals
The OPTREC by Optec Smartphone Photography Mount is Interactive
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81
Personal CRM Apps
Personal CRM Apps
Uphabit helps you manage your personal relationships
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80
Chic Device Charger Collections
Chic Device Charger Collections
The Logitech POWERED Wireless Charging Products are Stylish
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79
Flat-Edge Smartphone Concepts
Flat-Edge Smartphone Concepts
This iPhone 12 Concept Draws Inspiration from a Classic Device
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78
Gamified Personal Finance Platforms
Gamified Personal Finance Platforms
Ally Financial Brings Together Monopoly & Financial Literacy
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77
Eco-Friendly Wireless Chargers
Eco-Friendly Wireless Chargers
Solgaard's Wireless Charging Ecosystem Uses Ocean Plastic Materials
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76
Contactless Body Measurements
Contactless Body Measurements
3DLOOK Helps Made-to-Measure Companies Collect Body Data Remotely
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75
Radiation-Blocking Smartphone Cases
Radiation-Blocking Smartphone Cases
The 'Halo' Protective Smartphone Cover Blocks Out 5G Waves
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74
Wavy Wireless Dock Speakers
Wavy Wireless Dock Speakers
The Conceptual 'Waving Multifunctional Speaker' is Efficient
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73
Minimal Japanese Smartphone Amplifiers
Minimal Japanese Smartphone Amplifiers
The Clappin Jam Wooden Smartphone Dock is Rustic
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72
Wearable AC Units
Wearable AC Units
The Reon Pocket Fits into Specially Designed Shirts for a Cooling Effect
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71
Next-Gen Vehicle Shopping Concepts
Next-Gen Vehicle Shopping Concepts
ZeroLight, Cadillac & Amazon Shared a New Vision at CES 2020
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70
Fidget-Friendly Phone Cases
Fidget-Friendly Phone Cases
The 'Fidget Case' Keeps Idle Hands Busy at Work or Throughout the Day
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69
Smartphone-Mounted Battery Packs
Smartphone-Mounted Battery Packs
The mophie juice pack connect Allows for On-Demand Charging
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68
Portable Minimalist Thermometers
Portable Minimalist Thermometers
The THERM ME Small Thermometer Works with a Real-Time AI App
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67
Video Speed-Dating Sites
Video Speed-Dating Sites
Swivel Connects Singles with a Random Video Chat Partner
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66
Multi-Device Charging Docks
Multi-Device Charging Docks
The Belkin Special Edition Boost Wireless Chargers are Stylish
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65
Ergonomic Smartphone Holders
Ergonomic Smartphone Holders
The 'Phoneside' Smartphone Holder Clip Attaches to a Laptop and More
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64
Smartphone-Sanitizing Appliances
Smartphone-Sanitizing Appliances
The Samsung ITFIT UV Sterilizer Eliminates 99% of Bacteria
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63
Auto-Follow Phone Mounts
Auto-Follow Phone Mounts
The Follow Phone Mount Uses Facial Recognition for Premium Footage
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62
Roll-Up Display Smartphone Concepts
Roll-Up Display Smartphone Concepts
The HUAWEI MATE X 2030 Has a Flexible Design
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61
Condiment-Themed Phone Cases
Condiment-Themed Phone Cases
The HEINZ x CASETiFY Collection is Based on an Iconic Ketchup Brand
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60
Slim Kickstand Smartphone Chargers
Slim Kickstand Smartphone Chargers
The 'SoloQi' Wireless Charger Stand Comes in Four Model Choices
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59
Smartwatch-Concealing Smartphone Docks
Smartwatch-Concealing Smartphone Docks
The Spigen Stand All iPhone Stand is Multifunctional
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58
At-Home Oral Care Scanners
At-Home Oral Care Scanners
The 'SmileMate' System from Dental Monitoring is AI-Powered
<
57
AR-Powered Installation Exhibitions
AR-Powered Installation Exhibitions
New KAWS Installations are Spotlighted in EXPANDED HOLIDAY
<
56
Shoppable Content Experiences
Shoppable Content Experiences
Verishop's Experience Fuses AI, Entertainment & Online Shopping
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55
Durable Smartphone-Elevating Stands
Durable Smartphone-Elevating Stands
The 'LOOKSTAND' Has a Lightweight, All-Metal Design
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54
Photography Optimization Smartphone Cases
Photography Optimization Smartphone Cases
The 'SmartPhoto Case' Reduces Glare and Reflections
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53
Razor-Thin Smartphone Grips
Razor-Thin Smartphone Grips
The Ohsnap Grip Works with Any Smartphone
<
52
Balm-Integrated Phone Grips
Balm-Integrated Phone Grips
PopGrip Lips x Burt's Bees Offers More All-Around Comfort
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51
YouTuber-Designed Smartphone Protectors
YouTuber-Designed Smartphone Protectors
The dbrand Teardown Collection is Eye-Catching
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50
Anti-Distraction Smartphone Capsules
Anti-Distraction Smartphone Capsules
The 'Yuman.Case' Puts Devices Away and Out of Sight
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49
Wireless Quad-Device Chargers
Wireless Quad-Device Chargers
The mophie 4-in-1 wireless charging mat is Qi-Enabled
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48
Pocket-Sized Microscope Cameras
Pocket-Sized Microscope Cameras
The 'TinyScopeCAM' Enables a 1,000x Magnification
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47
Immersive All-Display Smartphones
Immersive All-Display Smartphones
The Conceptual Samsung Galaxy Surround Display is Enveloping
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46
Luxury AR Shopping Images
Luxury AR Shopping Images
Burberry Partnered with Google to Provide Mobile AR Experiences
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45
Supplemental Smartphone Screen Mounts
Supplemental Smartphone Screen Mounts
The Iootmoy Magnetic Phone Mount is for Laptops and Monitors
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44
Smartphone-Mounted Earbuds
Smartphone-Mounted Earbuds
The scendo 'Snapods' Attach Easily onto the Rear of a Device
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43
AR Sneaker-Coloring Zines
AR Sneaker-Coloring Zines
'Create with Air Max' Digitally Customizes Nike Sneakers
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42
Origami-Inspired Technology Organizers
Origami-Inspired Technology Organizers
The 'Pocket for Smartphone' Carries Headphones and More
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41
Real-Time Metabolic Trackers
Real-Time Metabolic Trackers
Lumen is a Portable, Breath-Powered Metabolic Tracking Device
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40
AI Hair Analysis Tools
AI Hair Analysis Tools
John Paul Mitchell Systems' Device Makes Product Recommendations
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39
Gamified Bus Stop Billboards
Gamified Bus Stop Billboards
Malibu's A Bit of Sunshine Ads Integrate an AR Snapchat Game
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38
Card-Concealing Smartphone Cases
Card-Concealing Smartphone Cases
The Bellroy iPhone Card Case Stores Both Payment and SIM cards
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37
Magnetic Photography Smartphone Devices
Magnetic Photography Smartphone Devices
The New Moment MagSafe Accessories Work on the iPhone 12
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36
Rural Unstaffed Supermarkets
Rural Unstaffed Supermarkets
Lifvs Brings Automated Supermarkets Where They're Needed Most
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35
Collaborative Gen Z Ads
Collaborative Gen Z Ads
Chipotle's TikTok Timeout Disrupts Traditional Super Bowl Advertising
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34
Digital Halloween Platforms
Digital Halloween Platforms
TREAT TOWN is an App-Based Experience for Virtual Trick-or-Treating
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33
Clip-On Smartphone Selfie Lights
Clip-On Smartphone Selfie Lights
The 'Moon UltraLight' Can be Customized to Needs or Preferences
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32
AI-Powered Digital Fittings
AI-Powered Digital Fittings
Contactless Fit Supports Clothing Stores Reopening Post-COVID
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31
Mobile-First Restaurant Concepts
Mobile-First Restaurant Concepts
Taco Bell Go Mobile Focuses on Smart Tech & Dual Drive-Thru Lanes
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30
Flatpack Smartphone Stand Cases
Flatpack Smartphone Stand Cases
The CLCKR Case Has a Multifunctional Design
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29
Smart Steel Water Bottles
Smart Steel Water Bottles
HidrateSpark STEEL is Rechargeable, Insulated and Hydration-Tracking
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28
Foldable Headphone-Equipped Batteries
Foldable Headphone-Equipped Batteries
The 'FOLDUP' Folding Wireless Power Bank is Multifunctional
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27
Discreet Cyclist Smartphone Holders
Discreet Cyclist Smartphone Holders
The 'Loop Mount' Allows for Quick, Easy Technology Access
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26
UV Light Smartphone Accessories
UV Light Smartphone Accessories
This Smartphone UV Flashlight Can Reveal Hidden Contaminants
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25
IoT-Connected Bike Lights
IoT-Connected Bike Lights
The ioLIGHT Was Designed with Urban Commuters in Mind
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24
Carved Stone Headphone Protectors
Carved Stone Headphone Protectors
The Portrait Stone AirPods Pro Case Calls Easter Island to Mind
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23
Smartphone Gesture Control Wearables
Smartphone Gesture Control Wearables
The 'Wepoint' Gesture Recognition Wearable is Easy to Use
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22
Detachable Camera Module Smartphones
Detachable Camera Module Smartphones
The Conceptual 'Mosaic' Camera Module is Lifestyle-Focused
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21
Collapsible Smartphone Sanitizers
Collapsible Smartphone Sanitizers
The 'Cell' UV Sanitizer Cleans and Charges Devices Quickly
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20
Open-Concept Smartphone Protectors
Open-Concept Smartphone Protectors
The 'Arc Pulse' iPhone 12 Case Has an Artistic Aesthetic
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19
Handheld Hacker PC Units
Handheld Hacker PC Units
The Popcorn Pocket PC Runs Linux and Boasts a 1080p Display
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18
Necklace Smartphone Carrying Cases
Necklace Smartphone Carrying Cases
The Keebos Crossbody Phone Case Prevents Device Drops
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17
Pop-Up Microcinemas
Pop-Up Microcinemas
Oppo Mobile's Cinema in London Lets People Watch Films on Handsets
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16
Magnetic Smartphone Wallets
Magnetic Smartphone Wallets
The Apple iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe Attaches onto the Device
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15
Form-Analyzing Workout Apps
Form-Analyzing Workout Apps
The 'ArtiFit' App Uses AI to Keep an Eye on How You're Working Out
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14
Intelligent Toe Ring Trackers
Intelligent Toe Ring Trackers
The Conceptual 'Mettis Rings' Capture Health Data and More
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13
Portable Desktop Organizers
Portable Desktop Organizers
The Orbitkey Nest Works to Keep Essentials Stowed and Accessible
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12
All-in-One Smartphone Power Banks
All-in-One Smartphone Power Banks
The Conceptual 'PEEL' Charger Has a Built-in Cord and More
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11
Qi-Enabled UV Smartphone Sanitizers
Qi-Enabled UV Smartphone Sanitizers
The Lexon Oblio Charges and Cleans Devices
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10
Toaster-Inspired Smartphone Sanitizers
Toaster-Inspired Smartphone Sanitizers
This Conceptual Phone Toaster Disinfects and Charges
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9
Avatar Video Chat Apps
Avatar Video Chat Apps
The Itsme App Helps Users Make New Snapchat Friends with a Digital Avatar
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8
Smartphone-Mounted UV-C Sanitizers
Smartphone-Mounted UV-C Sanitizers
The 'UVLyzer' Sterilizes Any Surface in Mere Moments
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7
AR-Enabled Magazine Covers
AR-Enabled Magazine Covers
National Geographic Created Its First Augmented Reality Cover
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6
Braille Smartphone Keyboards
Braille Smartphone Keyboards
The 'Hable One' Braille Keypad Makes Device Use More Accessible
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5
Swiveling Retro Smartphones
Swiveling Retro Smartphones
The Conceptual Motorola Revolve Revives the Aura Cellphone Design
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4
Sporty Ergonomic Smartwatch Bands
Sporty Ergonomic Smartwatch Bands
The 'ErgonBand' Puts Wearables at the Optimal Viewing Angle
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3
Smartphone-Mounted Sanitizers
Smartphone-Mounted Sanitizers
The 'Pocket Sanitizer' Keeps Cleaning Supplies Nearby
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2
Minimalist Grayscale Smartphone Themes
Minimalist Grayscale Smartphone Themes
iOS 14 Icons Transforms App Imagery to be More Simplistic
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1
Adult Toy-Inspired Phone Cases
Adult Toy-Inspired Phone Cases
TENGA Boasts a New and Subtly Racy iPhone X and XS Case
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