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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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Articles About Smartphone

A visitor holds a new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone after its presentation at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event ahead of the IFA Electronics show in Berlin, September 3, 2014.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge To Be Available Through T-Mobile In The US

By IBTimes AU

It has been revealed through a leaked document that the Galaxy Note Edge might arrive in the US on Nov. 14. (2:24 pm)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, FCC, ANDROID, HTC

A Motorola Mobility Logo Is Seen On A Screen
Moto X 2014 vs. Motorola DROID Turbo - Specifications, Features And Price Showdown

By IBTimes AU

Here is a comparison of specifications, features and price pertaining to the Moto X 2014 and the new Motorola DROID Turbo. (2:01 pm)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, IPHONE, FACEBOOK, AUSTRALIA, ANDROID

Microsoft
Microsoft Band Enabled With 10 Sensors Available In The US With A Price Tag of $199

By IBTimes AU

Microsoft’s health and fitness smartband which is enabled with 10 sensors, the Microsoft Band is available for $199 in the U.S. (1:46 pm)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, RETAIL, ANDROID

Motorola Droid Turbo Launching Globally Under New Name Motorola Maxx On November 5 In Sao Paulo, Brazil

By IBTimes AU

Motorola Droid Turbo set to be launched worldwide on November 5 carrying a new name Motorola Maxx. (1:39 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, RETAIL, ANDROID

Google
2 Ways Nexus 6 Will Beat iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy Note 4: $199 Tag Price & Carrier Tie-Up

By IBTimes AU

Google is reportedly playing a different game starting this 2014 in order for its Nexus 6 to beat current phablet market leaders iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note, respectively from Apple and Samsung. (1:17 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, AUSTRALIA, ANDROID, HTC

Samsung Electronics Logo
Samsung Gear S Will Be Available Through AT&T, Sprint And T-Mobile

By IBTimes AU

The Samsung Gear S smartwatch will be available through leading US carriers soon. AT&T and Sprint will set it from Nov 7 and T-Mobile from Nov 9. (1:15 pm)

MORE TOPICS: AT&T, SAMSUNG, RETAIL

Chinese Teen Offering Sex For Travel Is Fake, A Promotional Campaign For Hooking Up App

By IBTimes AU

Chinese teen’s ad sex for travel is all but a promotional campaign for Chinese hooking up app (1:12 pm)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, FACEBOOK, ITUNES

Moto 360
Moto 360 Champagne Gold Colour Appeared Then Removed At Amazon

By IBTimes AU

Moto 360 smartwatch with Champagne Gold colour surfaced at Amazon and quickly pulled off costing $299. (12:51 pm)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, FACEBOOK, RETAIL, ANDROID

The Google Inc logo is projected on a screen
Nexus 6 Is Google’s Giant Phablet: Bigger And Pricier

By IBTimes AU

Google launched the Nexus 6, the Motorola-built smartphone earlier this month. The 6-inch display of Nexus 6 appears to follow the standard in phablet size and reviews show how gigantic the new device is. (12:33 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, ANDROID

A Presentation Of 'The Sims 4' Is Given At The Electronic Arts (EA) World Premiere: E3 2014 Preview Press Conference At The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
'The Sims 4' Missing Features Unknown If Returning: Babysitters, Repairman, Basement, Curfew And Newspaper

By IBTimes AU

Two more updates are coming to "The Sims 4" before 2014 ends but will it bring more missing elements? (11:30 am)