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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

Sony and Samsung a study in contrasts

Jan 09 - Financial Times

10 cool tech gadgets from CES

Jan 08 - MarketWatch

Intel throws weight behind wearable tech

Jan 07 - Financial Times

The Christmas App Splurge Is Slowing

Dec 31 - Business Week

Phone data: Tracking them tracking me

Dec 28 - Financial Times

Apple still has a China problem

Dec 24 - CNN Money

BlackBerry reports $4.4bn loss

Dec 21 - Financial Times

Google app sales catching up with Apple

Dec 18 - Financial Times

Articles About Smartphone

HTC Smartphones Are Displayed In A Mobile Phone Shop In Taipei
HTC Desire 620 Specifications And Leaked Photos Surface, Features 64-Bit Snapdragon 410 SoC, Dual Front Speakers And More

By IBTimes AU

HTC Desire 620 leaked photos have shown up on a Bulgarian website. Specification of this budget smartphone has also been revealed. Read on to know about it. (7:27 pm)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, ANDROID, HTC, CONGRESS

The Paddington Bear float makes its way down 6th Ave during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thanksgiving 2014: Five Ways To Take Better Photos With Smartphone Camera

By IBTimes AU

Here are five ways of taking excellent photos with your smartphone camera. (4:37 pm)

A Wal Mart store front is seen  in Toronto March 5, 2009. Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Canadian division has announced it will close its six Sam's Club locations in Ontario to focus instead on opening more Wal-Mart supercenters.  REUTERS/ Mike Cassese
Black Friday 2014 Sale: All Smartphone Deals Revealed, Huge Discounts On iPhone 6, Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G3 And More Through Best Buy, Walmart And Sam’s Club

By IBTimes AU

Huge discounts on popular smartphones like iPhone 6, Galaxy S5, LG G3 and HTC One M8 are available during the Black Friday 2014 sale. Read on to know more. (4:00 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, CYBER MONDAY, HTC

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestured during his keynote address
Wallet-Friendly 'Microsoft Lumia 535' Retails In India For $148, The UK To Follow Suit

By IBTimes AU

The budget-friendly Microsoft Lumia 535 has been released in India. The UK is pegged to be the next destination for this new device. (3:21 pm)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, IPHONE, SAMSUNG, INDIA, EMERGING MARKETS, ANDROID

Walmart
Black Friday 2014 Walmart Deals – Huge Discounts On Xbox, PS4, iPhones, Galaxy S5, 32 GB SanDisk microSD And More

By IBTimes AU

Huge discounts are available on wide range of tech gadgets on the upcoming Black Friday Walmart 2014 sale. Read on to know more. (1:51 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, IPAD, ANDROID

The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco, California
iPhone 7 Release Date Update: Samsung Confirmed to Supply Bulk of Next iPhone A9 Application Processor

By IBTimes AU

In time for the iPhone 7 release date in the second half of 2015, Samsung will reportedly become a close Apple manufacturing partner anew with the South Korean tech giant set to supply the bulk of A9 chips for the next iPhone. (12:13 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, MANUFACTURING, IPAD

Meizu To Roll Out Handsets Running On Ubuntu Touch OS In Early 2015

By IBTimes AU

Meizu is going to launch handsets powered by Ubuntu Touch OS in early 2015, one of which is speculated to be a variant of Meizu MX4. (Nov 27)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, ANDROID, CONGRESS

A BlackBerry Passport smartphone is shown at its official launching event in Toronto, September 24, 2014. BlackBerry launched an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport on Wednesday, as it embarked on potentially the most critical phase of its l
BlackBerry Offers $600 To Lure iPhone Owners To Switch To Passport Phone

By IBTimes AU

In a bid to regain its lost market share, Ontario-based phonemaker BlackBerry is offering owners of iPhones up to $400 if they would trade in their Apple-made units for a BlackBerry Passport phone. (Nov 27)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, TELECOMS, BLACKBERRY

Nokia Lumia 635: Microsoft Drops AT&T Smartphone's Price For 2014 Black Friday Sale

By IBTimes AU

The AT&T Nokia Lumia 635 smartphone price has been dropped down to only $39 for the 2014 Black Friday sale. Microsoft offers the Nokia Lumia 635 contract-free so the customers will not be burdened with the typical two-year contract or service agreeme... (Nov 27)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, AT&T, RETAIL

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Cyber Monday 2014 Sale: Motorola Offers $140 Discount On Unlocked Moto X

By IBTimes AU

Motorola will kick off its Cyber Monday deal with $140 discount on unlocked Moto X 2014 from Dec. 1. (Nov 27)

MORE TOPICS: CYBER MONDAY, ANDROID