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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.

Headlines Around the Web

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Jan 09 - Financial Times

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Jan 08 - MarketWatch

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Jan 07 - Financial Times

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Dec 21 - Financial Times

Google app sales catching up with Apple

Dec 18, 2013 - Financial Times

Articles About Smartphone

A Visitor Holds A New Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Smartphone
Killer Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Clad In ‘Gold’ Spotted [Images Linked]

By IBTimes AU

An intriguing variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has cropped up, draped in gold. (10:46 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, GOLD, SAMSUNG, DIAMONDS, ANDROID

South Korean tourists (L-R) Heemok Ann, Eunyi Ji, and Mijung Jung take their own picture in front of the U.S. Capitol dome on Capitol Hill in Washington after the U.S. government shutdown, October 1, 2013. The U.S. government began a partial shutdown on T
If ‘Selfie’ Was The Word Of The Year In 2013, Selfie Stick Is Top Christmas Gift In 2014

By IBTimes AU

It's not really a very high-tech product, but the selfie stick is tipped to become the top-selling Christmas gift of 2014 in Australia, retail experts said, beating other electronic gadgets such as fitness wristbands, cameras and game consoles. (7:54 pm)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, AUSTRALIA, RETAIL

A Visitor Holds A New Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 And Galaxy Note Edge To Directly Receive Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update

By IBTimes AU

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are to skip on the Android 5.0 Lollipop to embrace 5.0.1 Lollipop update. (4:04 pm)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, SOUTH KOREA, ANDROID, HTC

Meizu MX4 Pro Packed With High-End Specs Available For Purchase Worldwide For $549

By IBTimes AU

Meizu has made the MX4 Pro flagship smartphone available for purchase worldwide. (2:32 pm)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, SAMSUNG, AUSTRALIA, SONY, ANDROID

HTC CEO Peter Chou shows the new HTC One M8 phone during a launch event in New York March 25, 2014.
HTC One M9 Release Date Update: New Launch Details Have Surfaced

By IBTimes AU

HTC is going to hold a dedicated event for launching the HTC Hima flagship. (Dec 18)

MORE TOPICS: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, TWITTER, ANDROID, HTC

Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks About The Apple Watch
Apple Watch Draped In Diamonds, Rose Gold And Sapphire To Cost An Arm And A Leg At $30,150 [Pre-Order Now]

By IBTimes AU

One of the luxury variants of the Apple Watch is priced at an epic Notably, the pre-order window is live now. (Dec 18)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, GOLD, RUSSIA, IPAD, DIAMONDS, BLACKBERRY

Three Models Of China's Xiaomi Mi Phones Are Pictured During Their Launch
Apple iPhone 6 Is Not Behind Samsung’s Downfall, The Real Achilles' Heel Is Xiaomi--Reports

By IBTimes AU

The real reason behind Samsung’s falling profits is Xiaomi and not Apple. (Dec 18)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, RUSSIA, BLACKBERRY

Nokia Phone
Nokia Lumia 635: Sprint, Boost Mobile And Virgin Mobile Set To Sell Windows Phone Handset

By IBTimes AU

The Nokia Lumia 635 will be available on Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile soon. Sprint announced on Tuesday, Dec. 16, that they will begin selling the Nokia Lumia 635 Windows Phone handset as well as both of their prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. (Dec 17)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT

OnePlus To Hold Launch Event Tomorrow, Expected To Reveal OnePlus One Mini

By IBTimes AU

OnePlus is holding a launch event on Dec. 17. It is rumoured to launch at least two devices tomorrow. (Dec 17)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, ANDROID

Extras joke as they walk along a street after taking part in the filming of the fifth season of the HBO TV series "Game of Thrones'"
‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 5 Trailer Goof-up By Producers [Spoilers]

By IBTimes AU

“Game of Thrones” is an ongoing popular TV show on HBO. The show is about royal families in the fantasy world of Westeros. (Dec 17)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER