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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

Attendees Play A Check-In Game To Win Prizes By Tapping Their NFC-Enabled Android Smartphones.
$150 ‘Sharp Aquos Crystal’ Smartphone With Bezel-Free, Edge-Less Display Is Official Now

By IBTimes AU

The Sharp Aquos Crystal with unique and impressive display comes with killer features at a nominal price range. (10:35 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, BLACKBERRY, ANDROID

Samsung Flags Are Set Up At The Main Entrance To The Berlin Fair Ground
Wallet-Friendly ‘Samsung Galaxy Core Max’ Comes With 4.8-Inch Super AMOLED Display, Dual-SIM Support And More

By IBTimes AU

Samsung has unveiled a brand new device called the Galaxy Core Max and the device is reported to be wallet-friendly. (10:20 am)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IPHONE, SAMSUNG, BLACKBERRY, ANDROID

Oppo N3’s New Teaser Confirms 16 MP Rotating Camera And Fingerprint Scanner, Release Date Set For October 29

By IBTimes AU

Latest Oppo N3 teaser confirms two important features. The device will be released next week. (9:57 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, BLACKBERRY

A Visitor Holds A New Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Smartphone At The Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 Event Ahead Of The IFA Electronics Show In Berlin
Galaxy Note 4: Best Big-Screen Phone, Says Samsung; Analysts Believe Note 4 Unlikely To Beat iPhone 6 Plus [Watch Video]

By IBTimes AU

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has recently been released in the U.S. However, it is a litmus test for the company to see if Note 4 can change its declining profits. (4:46 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, BLACKBERRY, INVESTMENT, SILVER, ANDROID

A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in Brussels May 30, 2014.
Google Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 5S: 4 Important Things to Consider Before Switching to Android Lollipop

By IBTimes AU

In Nexus 6, Google will bring to the table impressive device craftsmanship courtesy of Motorola and what could prove as the best Android build ever in terms of aesthetic and functions with Lollipop 5. (3:29 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, ANDROID

Qualcomm Snapdragon 64-Bit Octa-Core CPU Expected On Samsung Galaxy S6 And Sony Xperia Z4

By IBTimes AU

Snapdragon 810 64-bit processors are expected to arrive next year likely to be used by Galaxy devices and Xperia Z4. (2:32 pm)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, SONY, ARCHITECTURE, ANDROID

Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus Officially Launched, Features Snapdragon 805 And LTE-A Connectivity

By IBTimes AU

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus has been listed on Samsung’s Netherlands website. It comes with LTE-A connectivity and Snapdragon 805 chipset. (2:21 pm)

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LG Will Launch a New Smartphone With its Own Application Processor Odin

By IBTimes AU

LG's new smartphone will have a self powered application processor Odin. (Oct 22)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, MANUFACTURING, LG ELECTRONICS, INTEL, ARCHITECTURE

A Visitor Holds A New Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Smartphone At The Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 Event Ahead Of The IFA Electronics Show In Berlin
Samsung Hints At an Early Upgrade to the Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4

By IBTimes AU

Many users would be waiting in anticipation for the upgrade to the Android 5.0 Lollipop. (Oct 22)

MORE TOPICS: SAMSUNG, ANDROID

Customers Look At HTC Smartphones In A Mobile Phone Shop In Taipei
$228 ‘HTC Desire 820 Mini’ To Feature 5-Inch Display, Dual-SIM/LTE Support, Android 4.4.4 And More

By IBTimes AU

Brand new HTC Desire 820 Mini handset’s specifications and pricing details are out. (Oct 22)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, SAMSUNG, FCC, BLACKBERRY, ANDROID, HTC