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Smartphone

A smartphone is a mobile phone that offers more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a contemporary basic 'feature phone'. Smartphones and feature phones may be thought of as handheld computers integrated within a mobile telephone, but while most feature phones are able to run applications based on platforms such as Java ME or BREW, a smartphone allows the user to install and run more advanced applications based on a specific platform. Smartphones run complete operating system software providing a platform for application developers.

Growth in demand for advanced mobile devices boasting powerful processors, abundant memory, larger screens and open operating systems has outpaced the rest of the mobile phone market for several years. According to a study by ComScore, in 2010 over 45.5 million people in the United States owned smartphones and it is the fastest growing segment of the mobile phone market, which comprised 234 million subscribers in the United States.

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Articles About Smartphone

iPhone 6
Super-Slim 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Release Date is December 2014 as Foxconn to Exclusively Build 1st iOS Phablet – Reports

By IBTimes AU

The iPhone 6 will be the slimmest smartphone ever built by Apple on its release date this 2014 and new reports from Asia seemingly confirmed this plus the high likelihood that the phablet-size 5.5-inch model will start rolling out in December. (12:07 pm)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IPHONE, IPAD

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LG G3 with laser-equipped camera and metallic skin

By IBTimes AU

LG G3 which was introduced few days before, has examined laser- equipped-Camera. The Camera was able to focus on images with speedthan other standard Smartphone Camera. This is one of the Hall Marked feature of G3 Smartphone, the latest flagship prod... (10:53 am)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, HTC

New Samsung Galaxy Tab Q (Galaxy W) With 7.0-Inch Display, Voice Calling Capability & Dual-Sim Support
New Samsung Galaxy Tab Q (Galaxy W) With 7.0-Inch Display, Voice Calling Capability & Dual-Sim Support

By IBTimes AU

Samsung has been releasing a slew of devices this year with the Galaxy S5, Galaxy K Zoom, Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy S5 Mini leading the way. However, there is a new addition to the Galaxy Tab series of tablets with the Galaxy Tab Q (also referred as the Galaxy W) waiting to be released. (10:04 am)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IPHONE, SAMSUNG, SOUTH KOREA, SONY, ANDROID

A woman holds her new Apple iPhone 5S after buying it at an Apple Store at Tokyo's Ginza shopping district
iPhone 6 Release Date Relevance to iOS Newbies: Specs Meaning, Price Considerations

By IBTimes AU

The Apple iPhone 6 release date is anticipated in the final quarter of the year. Those planning to upgrade their smartphones are looking into unconfirmed, mostly rumoured specs of the new iPhone. Here are some of the rumoured specs and how it could affect users. (1:57 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, ANDROID

A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in Brussels May 30, 2014.
Google Nexus 6, 8 with Android L on Release Date Promises Killer Mobile Device Experience

By IBTimes AU

The Nexus 6 and the Nexus 8 on their release dates will likely run on Android L, which a new report said is centrally designed to improve the overall Google experience on mobile devices. (4:47 pm)

MORE TOPICS: ANDROID, HTC

The Pirate Bay Releases ‘The Mobile Bay’: Mobile Torrent Download Made Easier but Remains Illegal

By IBTimes AU

The Pirate Bay has recently released the mobile device-optimised version of the controversial file-sharing site called The Mobile Bay that gives direct and unlimited access to the galore of torrent downloads for smartphone and tablet users worldwide. (2:46 pm)

MORE TOPICS: ANDROID

The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco, California
iPhone 6 Release Date, 2014 Major Products Ramp Up Confirmed as Apple Spends $21B on R&D and More – Reports

By IBTimes AU

Apple has yet confirm its iPhone 6 release date plans this 2014 but one analyst is convinced that the tech giant is indeed gearing up for a major makeover of its flagship smartphone plus other devices, owing to the company’s notable spending spike in the third quarter of the year. (Jul 28)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, MORGAN STANLEY, ADVERTISING, IPAD, INVESTMENT

How to Manually Install Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Official Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXU1ANG1 Firmware

By IBTimes AU

The latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is now available and can be installed manually on the smartphone. (Jul 27)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, RUSSIA, ANDROID

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 Official Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUFNF4 Firmware Manual Installation

By IBTimes AU

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 is upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUFNF4 and in case the automatic updates did not work, here are the steps to install it manually on the phablet. (Jul 27)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, ANDROID

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini New Milestone CyanogenMod 11 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM

By IBTimes AU

The new milestone CyanogenMod 11 Android 4.4.4 KitKat arrived on Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini from Nova Fusion and it features the latest Samsung's 3.0.101 kernel for I8190 model. (Jul 27)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, ANDROID