It may be your best friend, but your smartphone is also probably teeming with germs.
As innovators descended on the Consumer Electronics Show, companies offering better sanitizing were also promoting the cause of cleanliness.
The technology show has long had a focus on health, but makers of sanitizing devices said people need to look in their pockets and purses to the microbes on their personal gadgets.
The smartphone "is always warm, stored in dark places, so bacterias are growing on your phone," said Dan Barnes, co-founder of Phonesoap, which was displaying its device which sanitizes a phone and recharges it.
Barnes said he got the idea after reading a study indicating "that mobile phones are 18 times dirtier than public bathrooms."