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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

Nokia Lumia 1020 VS iPhone 5
Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Wins Science Challenge; Smartphone to Capture Microscopic Subjects

By IBTimes AU

Nokia Lumia 1020 is the smartphone featuring a camera with the highest megapixels to date. (Apr 18)

MORE TOPICS: CALIFORNIA, SONY

Apple's iPhone 5Cs are displayed on racks bearing the logo of China Mobile in Beijing
Apple Inc (AAPL) Early June Quarter Estimates May Alarm Investors

By IBTimes AU

For Apple Inc.'s investors who expect a strong June quarter, Chuck Jones, a prominent writer of Forbes, has lower expectations. Wall Street's predictions for Apple's June quarter is equally disappointing for those hoping for a big Apple comeback. (Apr 18)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IPHONE, APPLE INC., SAMSUNG, IPAD, ANDROID

iPhone 5S
iPhone 6 Release Date: Mockup Leak Hints Early Launch of Flagship Smartphone [VIDEO]

By IBTimes IN

Apple Inc. has not announced the release date of its upcoming flagship smartphone iPhone 6 but speculations on its unveiling event keep hitting the headlines. Now, a supposed mockup of the device has surfaced, hinting at an early launch. (Apr 17)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, APPLE INC.

LG L65 Dual SIM Mid-Range Smartphone with Android KitKat OS Launched
LG L65 Dual SIM Mid-Range Smartphone with Android KitKat OS Launched; Price, Specifications Details

By IBTimes IN

South Korean consumer electronics giant LG has launched a new mid-range smartphone, dubbed L65, as part of the company's flagship Series 3 handsets. (Apr 17)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, RUSSIA, INDIA, ANDROID

Android KitKat v4.4 KitKat OS Update Confirmed to Rollout for Sony Xperia Z, ZR, ZL, Tablet Z Next Month
Android KitKat v4.4 OS Update Confirmed to Rollout for Sony Xperia Z, ZR, ZL, Tablet Z Next Month

By IBTimes IN

As promised last month, Sony has confirmed the release of the latest Android v4.4 KitKat OS update to Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z in May. (Apr 17)

MORE TOPICS: HP, MANAGEMENT, SONY, ANDROID

iPhone 6 concept
Various Leaks Hint Larger Screen For iPhone 6

By IBTimes AU

Different leaks have suggested the next iPhone 6 will pack a larger screen display. (Apr 17)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE

Samsung Galaxy S5 India Price Revealed Ahead of 11 April Release
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: Buy Now or Wait?

By IBTimes AU

Samsung Galaxy S5 is already available for purchase and experts predict that the handset will surpass the sales of its predecessor, according to Reuters UK. (Apr 17)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, ARCHITECTURE, ANDROID

Lava Iris 504Q+ Mid-Range Smartphone with Gesture Control Features Launched; Price, Specifications Details
Lava Iris 504Q+ Mid-Range Smartphone with Gesture Control Features Launched; Price, Specification Details

By IBTimes IN

Indigenous smartphone maker, Lava International Ltd. has unveiled a new mid-range handset Iris 504Q+ with gesture-control features. (Apr 17)

MORE TOPICS: MALI, SONY, ANDROID, HTC

Devs Mum on iOS 7, iOS 6.1.3 Jailbreak Release Date Announcements
Apple iOS 8 and iPhone 6 Details Emerge Ahead of WWDC 2014: What to Expect

By IBTimes AU

Apple Inc. (AAPL) will be holding its Worldwide Developers Conference this June in San Francisco. According to recent reports, the company plans to unveil its iOS 8 during the event. There will also be more details provided about the upcoming iPhone 6. (Apr 17)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, APPLE INC.

Nokia Lumia 1020: Windows Phone Handset to Document the Underwater Diving Expedition Called 'Mission 31'

By IBTimes AU

The Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone handset that has the 41MP PureView camera will continue to show its superior camera technology in an underwater diving expedition. Finnish smartphone manufacturer Nokia has teamed up with expedition leader Fabien Co... (Apr 17)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, FLORIDA, HTC