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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.

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Articles About Smartphone

How To Upgrade Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 To Android 4.4.4 KitKat Via SlimROM

By IBTimes AU

The SlimROM is another Android 4.4.4 KitKat custom firmware for Galaxy S3 with Privacy Guard, SlimPie and Slim Recent Apps. (12:03 am)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, ANDROID

How To Update Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100G To Android 4.4.4 KitKat Via SlimROM

By IBTimes AU

The Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100G is now supported by SlimROM Android 4.4.4 build version 8 which can be installed manually. (11:57 pm)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, ANDROID

How To Update Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 To Android 4.4.2 KitKat Via SlimROM

By IBTimes AU

The SlimROM build version 5.0 supports Samsung Galaxy S first generation to be upgraded to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. (11:51 pm)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, ANDROID

Google Logo In Toronto Office
Google Project Ara Will Have Exclusive Modular Components Store For Building Configurable Smartphone

By IBTimes AU

Google is building a dedicate store for Project Ara handsets for buying modular components so that users can build their own smartphones. (5:51 pm)

MORE TOPICS: ANDROID

A Motorola Mobility Logo Is Seen On A Screen
Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo Leaked Live Images Surfaces, Scheduled To Get Unveiled On Oct 28

By IBTimes AU

Motorola Droid Turbo is set to be unveiled on Oct 28. New leaked live snapshots have surfaced. (4:43 pm)

MORE TOPICS: ANDROID

LG G Watch R To Be Available Globally Starting With Europe, North America And Asia Through Retail Sites And Play Store

By IBTimes AU

The LG G Watch R will be available for purchase in European countries, North America, Asia and others through retail sites and Play Store in November. (4:35 pm)

MORE TOPICS: RETAIL, ANDROID

Three Models Of China's Xiaomi Mi Phones Are Pictured During Their Launch
Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs. Sharp Aquos Crystal – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown

By IBTimes AU

Here is a comparison of specifications, features and price pertaining to the Xiaomi Redmi 1S and the latest Sharp Aquos Crystal. (2:59 pm)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IPHONE, SAMSUNG, ANDROID

The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco, California
Stable iPhone 6, 6 Plus Supplies for Christmas 2014 Secured as Apple Improves Deals with Foxconn

By IBTimes AU

Apple is ramping up efforts to ensure that sufficient supplies of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available come Christmas 2014 as the tech giant reportedly improved on its ongoing business deals with Foxconn. (1:42 pm)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IPHONE, SAMSUNG, IPAD

HTC CEO Peter Chou Shows The New HTC One M8 Phone
HTC One M8 Eye Will Not Be Available In Austria, Germany And Switzerland, Only Caters to Asian Market

By IBTimes AU

HTC One M8 Eye will not arrive in Europe and only planned to be sold in Asian markets. (10:47 am)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GERMANY, INDIA, HTC

How To Update LG Nexus 4 To Android 4.4.4 KitKat Using LiquidSmooth Custom ROM

By IBTimes AU

LiquidSmooth Android 4.4.4 Custom ROM now supports LG Nexus 4 that can be installed manually using custom recovery. (Oct 23)

MORE TOPICS: ANDROID