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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

A model holds a Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Will Be Available With AT&T From Sept 26, Unlocked Edition Priced At $612.99

By IBTimes AU

Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be exclusively from this Friday through AT&T. It is available at a two-year on-contract price of $199. (2:43 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, GOLD, AT&T, SAMSUNG, RETAIL, MALI

Xiaomi Mi Band vs. Fitbit Flex Fitness Band Price And Specifications Comparison [WATCH VIDEOS]
Purported Xiaomi Redmi Note Successor Powered With Monstrous Processor Under Wraps, Will Take On Meizu MX4

By IBTimes AU

Xiaomi is building a new smartphone with high-end specs like MediaTek octa-core processor. It will pit against Meizu MX4. (2:05 pm)

MORE TOPICS: MALI, ANDROID

Customers Look At HTC Smartphones In A Mobile Phone Shop In Taipei
HTC May Manufacture The Next Nexus 9 Tablet As Google Found Collaborating With HTC Engineers

By IBTimes AU

New rumors confirm that HTC is the official manufacturer of the next Nexus tablet which is rumored to be a 9-inch device. (2:03 pm)

MORE TOPICS: ANDROID, HTC

Motorola Mobility Chief Executive Dennis Woodside Poses With The New Moto G Mobile Phone
Moto G (2014) vs. Moto E – Should You Upgrade To Better Specced And Wallet-Friendly Moto G?

By IBTimes AU

Here is a comparison of specifications, features and price pertaining to the latest Moto G 2014 (aka Gen 2) and the Moto E. (1:48 pm)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, AUSTRALIA, E.ON, SONY, ANDROID

The iPhone 6 And The iPhone 6 Plus Are Shown During An Apple Event At The Flint Center In Cupertino
10 M iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Units Sold In The First Weekend

By IBTimes AU

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus were released on Sept 19. In the first weekend, 10 million units of both the handsets were sold. (1:05 pm)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IPHONE, GERMANY, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA

BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen Holds Up The Unreleased Blackberry Passport Device During The Company's Annual General Meeting For Shareholders In Waterloo
BlackBerry Passport To Be Released On Sept 24, Priced At $599 In The US

By IBTimes AU

On Wednesday, the BlackBerry Passport will be available for purchase. In the US, the unlocked version will be sold for $599. (12:28 pm)

MORE TOPICS: DUBAI, BLACKBERRY, LONDON

The iPhone 6 And The iPhone 6 Plus Are Shown During An Apple Event At The Flint Center In Cupertino
iPhone 6 Plus vs iPad Mini Retina Display: Which One to Buy the Phablet or the Tablet

By IBTimes AU

The iPhone 6 Plus is almost the size of a tablet. If a person is looking to buy an iPad he would be in further confusion whether to go in for the smaller version of the iPhone 6 and get himself an iPad. (8:29 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, IPAD, ANDROID

Attendees Play A Check-In Game To Win Prizes By Tapping Their NFC-Enabled Android Smartphones.
Moto X (2014) vs. OnePlus One – Specifications, Features, Release Date And Price Showdown

By IBTimes AU

Here is a comparison of specifications, features and price pertaining to the Moto X 2014 (Gen 2) and the OnePlus One. (8:17 am)

MORE TOPICS: FACEBOOK, AUSTRALIA, ANDROID

A man reacts while trying out his new Samsung Galaxy S5
One Million Samsung Galaxy S5 Units Sold in Germany

By IBTimes AU

The Korean giant Samsung when it launched the Galaxy S5 it was received very kindly, but did not get the attention enjoyed by Galaxy S4. (8:16 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, GERMANY

Three Models Of China's Xiaomi Mi Phones Are Pictured During Their Launch
Sony Xperia E3 vs. Xiaomi Redmi 1S – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown

By IBTimes AU

Here is a comparison of specifications, features and price pertaining to the Xiaomi Redmi 1S and the latest Sony Xperia E3. (8:11 am)

MORE TOPICS: INDIA, SONY, ANDROID