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to piggyback onto something

What does the word "piggyback" mean in the following text?

"Mobile phones leapfrogged over wired telephone infrastructure in emerging market countries, and embedded camera technology piggybacked onto the greater mobile phone phenomenon worldwide as people from all walks of life sought to enhance when, where, and how they communicate".

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    to piggyback is literally to ride on the back of someone or something. Here, it's used metaphorically, to say that embedded camera technology became popular because mobile phones became popular and the cameras were embedded in the phones. Cameras were, figuratively speaking, riding on the phones, and as more and more people got phones, they got cameras as well.

    It means to ride on a persons back or be carried on someone's back as if you were strapped to it, but in this case it technology was made popular by mobile phones, as if the only way camera technology became popular is because " it has rode in on the backs of mobile phones" it's not a literal meaning. This suggest cam technology wasn't popular before it was presented to us as a feature of mobile phones

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