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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

Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 with Built-in Projector Launched
Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 with Built-in Projector Launched

By IBTimes IN

Smartphone leader, Samsung has officially launched second-generation Galaxy Beam with built-in projector. (5:21 pm)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, SAMSUNG, INDIA, ANDROID

3 Reasons Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 Kitkat OS Update May Not Happen

By IBTimes AU

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 Kitkat OS update has not arrived to the handsets yet. There is a possibility it may not happen at all. (3:02 pm)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, ANDROID

Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook Speaks About the New iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retnia Display During an Apple Event in San Francisco
Apple iPad Air 2 and Apple iPad 4 Release Update: iPads to Feature Accelerometer and Touch Sensor

By IBTimes AU

Apple recently obtained 37 patent grants according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. The granted patents include five design patents and two major iDevice technologies. The patents also hint what people can expect from upcoming iPad series including the iPad 4 and the iPad Air 2. (11:57 am)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, IPAD

Apple Tipped to Debut iPhone Phablet in May; iPhone 6 (aka Air) in September 2014
Apple iPhone 6 Release Update: iPhone 6 to Feature WiFi Indoor Navigation and 3D Positioning

By IBTimes AU

Many handsets use GPS for navigation and mapping. Apple wants to change that with a newly patented system. According to the recent patent sighting, the technology will allow Apple to expand data positioning. (9:54 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, ARCHITECTURE

Nexus 6
Google Nexus 6 Could Come With 64-Bit SoC from MediaTek but Release Date Must Wait Until December 2014 – Reports

By IBTimes AU

The Google Nexus 6 on release date will likely draw its power from a 64-bit processing chip but Android fans will have to wait until 2014 Christmas time to actually get hold of the device, new reports said. (9:36 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, ARCHITECTURE, ANDROID

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Release Date: Patent Hints at Drastic Changes in Design

By IBTimes IN

Samsung Electronics has not announced the release date of its upcoming device Galaxy Note 4 yet but speculations have been doing the rounds, ever since Galaxy S5 was released. Now, a patent filed by the South Korean electronics giant for a device, po... (12:52 am)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, GERMANY, ANDROID

A man using his smartphone
HTC Desire 816 vs Nokia Lumia 1320 vs Sony Xperia T2 Ultra: Specifications Comparison

By IBTimes IN

Prospective buyers planning to upgrade their smartphone with affordable MNC branded big-screen phablets might be interested in HTC Desire 816, Nokia Lumia 1320 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra. (10:03 pm)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, INDIA, SONY, ANDROID, HTC, EMERGING MARKETS

iPhone 5S
iPhone 6 Release Date: Comparison of Apple Smartphone's Case with Nexus 5, Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 5S [VIDEO]

By IBTimes IN

Amid speculations on the release date of Apple's upcoming flagship smartphone, dubbed iPhone 6, the purported case of the device - as seen in a video - suggests that the phone' size would be almost same as that of Nexus 5. (9:02 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, APPLE INC., SAMSUNG

Nexus 6: 5 Reasons to Wait for New Android Smartphone

By IBTimes AU

Rumour has it that Google is engineering a mid-range smartphone called Nexus 6 to come out by October of this year. With so much flurry and excitement going on over the release of this new gadget, there are five reasons to wait for this. (Apr 24)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, ANDROID

Galaxy S5
A Smart Way to Replace Your Samsung Galaxy S4 With New Galaxy S5

By IBTimes AU

If you are a gadget enthusiast and aching to have your hands on Galaxy S5 or you just cannot since you have your Galaxy S4 from the previous year, you have a way to work it out. (Apr 24)

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