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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

File photo of Apple logo inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo
Apple iPad Mini Air: Three Fresh Features on the Smart Tablet to Wait for

By IBTimes AU

It seems that the Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is engineering not just the iPhone 6. Words of the next generation iPad which will be so called "iPad Mini Air" is slowly making its way into the rumours and starting to pop up regularly on the reports. (6:40 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, MANUFACTURING, JAPAN, IPAD, BLACKBERRY

The Microsoft Logo is Seen at Their Offices in Bucharest
Microsoft's Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 DUO Hits Russia; Price, Five Fresh Features to Anticipate on Windows Phone

By IBTimes AU

Microsoft is set to release more lines of Windows phone devices apart from Nokia. The company released a mid-range mobile phone Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 DUO in Russia for RUB 7,990 which translates to about $240 in Australia. (5:13 pm)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, SAMSUNG, AUSTRALIA, RUSSIA, MANAGEMENT, BLACKBERRY

Nokia Lumia 530 (Dual-Sim) Spotted in a Retailer Site; Specifications and Features Listed—Reports

By IBTimes AU

Microsoft has not spoken a word about the upcoming Nokia Lumia 530 smartphone, thus far. However, a retail outlet in Vietnam has already listed the unofficial Nokia Lumia 530 on its site. The site also states the device will be offered in five differ... (4:43 pm)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, RETAIL, FCC, EMERGING MARKETS, SONY, HTC

Sony Xperia Z3: Reasons Why Should Not Upgrade from Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 Based on Leaked Specs

By IBTimes AU

Specs of the upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 leaked out from a popular tipster and it seems like that the new flagship may not be a full upgrade of Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1. Here are the reasons why users should keep Xperia Z2 or Z1 at the mean time. (1:49 pm)

MORE TOPICS: SONY, ANDROID

BlackBerry Passport in White Spotted Online

By IBTimes AU

An image of a BlackBerry Passport in white has appeared online for the first time. (1:44 pm)

MORE TOPICS: BLACKBERRY, ANDROID

iPhone 6
5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Release Date Deliberately Delayed to Boost iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 Sales – Report

By IBTimes AU

Apple may have intended to push back its release date plans for the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 in order to soften the iOS phablet’s perceived negative impact to the company’s 2014 tablet line up – the iPad Mini 3 and the iPad Air 2. (1:32 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, IPAD

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Xiaomi Mi 4 Specs, Features and Price: Apple of China Outranking Korea's Tech Giant

By IBTimes AU

This article provides an in-depth comparison between Samsung Galaxy S5 and Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphones. It also tackles on their current positions in the consumer market as well as an overview on their sales. (1:08 pm)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, SAMSUNG

Nokia Lumia 530 Cheapest Windows Phone 8.1 Device at $115 With Quad-core Processor and 128 GB SD Card Support

By IBTimes AU

Nokia Lumia 530 was unveiled recently and claimed as the cheapest Windows Phone ever running latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS, quad-core processor from Qualcomm, 5 MP rear camera and microSD card slot supporting up to 128 GB. (12:44 pm)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, ANDROID

Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5-Inch) vs. LG G Pad (10.1-Inch) – Specifications, Features and Price Showdown
Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5-Inch) vs. LG G Pad (10.1-Inch) – Specifications, Features and Price Showdown

By IBTimes AU

Samsung launched two variants of Galaxy Tab S tablet in June, while the LG G Pad 10.1 tablet has recently been released in the U.S. Both the tablets bundle amazing features and killer under the hood specifications. Readers who are interested in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10. (11:48 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, IPAD, ANDROID

A woman looks at the screen of her mobile phone in front of an Apple logo outside its store in downtown Shanghai September 10, 2013.
4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Release Date is Sept 26 after iOS 8 GM Public Debut on Sept 17 – Reports

By IBTimes AU

The iPhone 6 release date will actually happen on September 26 2014 that will allow Apple to possibly clear some 16 million units of the freshly-minted handset in the remaining five days before the month ends, a new report said. (11:25 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, GERMANY, ANDROID