Smartphones are a very new addition to our everyday lives. The first true smartphone that has gained massive popularity – Apple’s iPhone, of course – was launched a mere 8 years ago. Although it was criticized by many – how come, a phone without physical buttons? – it managed to set the trend and turn the smartphone into what it is today: a pocket sized computer with an incredible variety of functions beyond just forwarding voice calls and text messages. And in its 8 years of existence, the smartphone has changed our lives forever.

1. It changed the way we communicate

A “dumb phone” can communicate in several ways – through voice calls, text messages, MMS and through some (way too few) apps that handle such functions. But a smartphone offers us alternatives to all of the above once you connect it to the internet – and even more.

With a smartphone you can initiate and receive voice and video calls through a series of alternative ways, not just through the mobile connection offered by your operator. You can send and receive text messages, pictures, video clips and voice clips to your friends, not limited by networks or your country’s borders.

2. It changed the way we play

The mobile gaming industry was hardly worth mentioning until the launch of the iPhone in 2007. Since then it has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. People often opt for a smartphone because of the games they can play on the go.

Today you can access all types of games, including high quality casino entertainment on your smartphone. The Royal Vegas offer you over 100 high quality games to play and win on the go. Among them you can find high quality video slot machines, exciting games of blackjack, classics like roulette or baccarat, video poker and casual games. It is the perfect way to kill time on the go, to play and win while you wait for the bus or travel on a train. You can have a complete and immersive casino experience with Royal Vegas mobile right on your smartphone.

Mobile gaming has evolved from Snake to first person shooters and massively multiplayer RPGs in just a few years, and this evolution is far from being complete.

3. It has changed the way we consume our daily media

Newspapers and magazines have been the main source of news for the population until the internet came along. People started to get their daily dose of information from their computer screens at first, but now the bulk of the news reading has moved to smartphones and tablets. Printed press is slowly disappearing as we speak, being replaced by news portals, blogs and social media as the main source of information for users – and most of these are also accessed using a smartphone. TV channels are also feeling the wind of change – video sharing portals and streaming services are slowly taking their place.