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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

Nadav Kidron, CEO of Oramed Pharmaceuticals, shows an insulin pill as he poses for a photo at the company's offices in Jerusalem September 29, 2013.
Smartphone-Linked 'Bionic' Pancreas More Effective In Diabetes: NSW Researchers

By IBTimes AU

A smartphone-linked 'bionic' pancreas that researchers believed is more accurate than the artificial pancreas. (3:09 pm)

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File photo of Apple logo inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo
Apple iWatch is iPhone 6 Accessory on Sept 19 Release Date: 6 Confirmed Specs & Features

By IBTimes AU

The Apple invites have been sent out, essentially confirming that the iPhone 6 grand introduction is on September 9 2014 and most likely one week after the most-awaited release date of the device will happen. (1:23 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, GOLD, RETAIL, SILVER

Ben VanderWerp demonstrates the features of a Nook e-reader
Kobo Announces Kobo Aura H2O: World’s First Premium Waterproof eReader

By IBTimes AU

Titled as the "world's first premium waterproof e-reader" the Kobo Aura H2O, will allow readers to read their favourite books in the bath or any place where the fear of exposing the reader to water was felt in the past. (12:50 pm)

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Attendees Play A Check-In Game To Win Prizes By Tapping Their NFC-Enabled Android Smartphones
3 Killer Nexus Devices Coming Soon: 5.2-Inch Nexus/Moto S Smartphone, 5.9-Inch Nexus 6/X Phablet & 8.9-Inch Nexus 8 Tablet

By IBTimes AU

Google is gearing up to release a slew of devices from its den. This includes a smartphone, a phablet and a tablet. (9:51 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SONY, ANDROID

A Journalist Checks Out a Curved G Flex Smartphone
Smartphone Kill Switch Feature Now Mandatory In California

By IBTimes AU

Beginning on July 1, 2015, all smartphones to be sold in California would have a kill switch. On Thursday, Aug 28, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill, introduced in February, into a law after it cleared the State assembly two weeks ago. (9:32 am)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, IPHONE, CALIFORNIA, COURT, JERRY BROWN

An Apple Employee Waves A Rainbow Flag Before Marching In The San Francisco.
iPhone 6 Release Date Update: 4.7-Inch Model Scores 65.8% In Screen-To-Size Ratio; A Surprise Entry Scales Top Spot [List Attached]

By IBTimes AU

Upcoming Apple iPhone 6 scores a not-so-impressive screen-to-size ratio. Check out other phones' scores. (Aug 28)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IPHONE, SAMSUNG, RETAIL, BLACKBERRY, SONY

iPhone 6
Sept 19 iPhone 6 Release Date Confirmed as Apple Sets Sept 9 iWatch, 2 iPhones Intro - Report

By IBTimes AU

Apple will definitely uncloak its flagship smartphone on September 9 along with the rumoured iWatch, a new report said, setting the stage for the actual iPhone 6 release date to happen one week after or September 9 at the latest. (Aug 28)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, IPAD

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Buyer's Guide: Reasons Why Upgrade From Xperia V Or Xperia ZR

By IBTimes AU

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua is the latest waterproof mid-range smartphone offered by Sony Mobile for 2014. It has several good reasons on why users of Xperia V and Xperia ZR should consider Xperia M2 Aqua as an upgrade option. (Aug 28)

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Nexus 6, 8 Release Date Update: Expect 2 Google Smartphones, Beastly Nexus Tablet on Oct-Nov 2014

By IBTimes AU

Google will reportedly match Apple’s 2014 release date plans for the next iPhones and iPads by unleashing not one but two versions of the Nexus 6 smartphone and a high-specced Nexus 8 with an 8.9-inch screen profile. (Aug 28)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, IPAD, SILVER, ANDROID

Sony Xperia Z Leaked Android 4.4.4 KitKat Screenshot Hints Upcoming Update Rollout

By IBTimes AU

Official Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is coming soon to Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z after a screenshot capture of the firmware version has been unveiled. It runs the build version 10.5.1.A. (Aug 28)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, TELSTRA, SONY, ANDROID