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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 08 - Financial Times

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Jan 07 - MarketWatch

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Jan 07 - Financial Times

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Dec 20 - Financial Times

Google app sales catching up with Apple

Dec 17 - Financial Times

Articles About Smartphone

Apple iPhone 5S at Apple Inc's Media Event in Cupertino, 2013
Apple’s iPhone 6 Will Kill Android Smartphones: iPhone 6 Will be a “Chick Magnet”

By IBTimes AU

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will be a “chick magnet” according to Rocco Pendola's piece. The soon to be release smartphone has been generating quite the buzz over the last few months especially with patents and predictions surfacing. (7:52 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, IPAD, ANDROID

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Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update for HTC Droid DNA Confirmed: Sense 5.5 Upgrade Also Available

By IBTimes IN

The HTC DROID DNA, Verizon's version of the HTC Butterfly, might be overshadowed by HTC One and its successor HTC One (M8), but the Taiwan smartphone makers seem to have a soft corner for the device, as it is set to receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Sense 5.5 updates on Thursday. (7:27 am)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, MANAGEMENT, ANDROID, HTC

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Nexus 6 Release Date: Nexus 5 Successor to be Cheaper than Moto G?

By IBTimes IN

Amid speculations on the release date of Google Nexus 6, a report has emerged stating that successor of Nexus 5 might be priced under $100 - cheaper than Motorola Moto G. (6:23 am)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, ANDROID, HTC, CONGRESS

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iPhone 6 Release Date: Late Launch of Bigger Model Hinted; Smaller Battery Cause for Delay

By IBTimes IN

Even as speculations on the release date of Apple's upcoming flagship smartphone iPhone 6 continue doing the rounds, a new report has hinted at a late launch for the bigger model. (4:03 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, APPLE INC.

Moto X Walnut Wood Panel Variant Now Available in India; Price and Specification Details
Motorola Moto X Walnut Wood Panel Variant Now Available in India; Price and Specification Details

By IBTimes IN

Motorola's flagship smartphone Moto X with Walnut wood-panel variant has reportedly begun selling in India, more than a month after the official launch in the country. (1:27 am)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, INDIA, ARCHITECTURE, ANDROID, HTC

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Ditch Blackberry for Windows Phone? Nokia’s Boldly Shows How in a Video [WATCH]

By IBTimes AU

Nokia’s pitting against other brands and devices is far from being done. Recently, the Finnish manufacturer, in its official UK blog boldly shows how users can migrate from Blackberry to a new Lumia while consistently mentioning the phone’s superiority against the competitor. (1:16 am)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, IPHONE, SAMSUNG, TWITTER, BLACKBERRY, SONY

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Xolo Q1010i up for Grabs in India; Price, Spec Details

By IBTimes IN

Home grown smartphone maker Xolo's Q1010i smartphone is now available for purchase in India at ₹13,499. (12:42 am)

MORE TOPICS: INDIA, MALI, SONY, ANDROID

HTC One M8: Mini Version Heading to Verizon, Availability of Android Smartphone Set in May 2014?

By IBTimes AU

The alleged HTC One M8 Mini will be heading over to US carrier Verizon where the HTC device could be exclusively offered in their stores just like the HTC One M8. Notable mobile device source @evleaks made the announcement on the arrival of the HTC O... (11:32 pm)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, SAMSUNG, TWITTER, SILVER, ANDROID, HTC

Apple iPhone 5S at Apple Inc's Media Event in Cupertino, 2013
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s Durability Test: Apple is the Winner, Same for iPhone 6?

By IBTimes AU

Samsung’s newly releases Galaxy S5 offers stronger built than the Samsung Galaxy S4 though it loses to Apple’s iPhone 5s. As the rivalry of Apple and Samsung continues, a new study shows that Apple got a good edge over Samsung. Its iPhone 5s is stronger compared to Samsung Galaxy S5. (11:32 pm)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, SAMSUNG, ANDROID, HTC

HTC to Manufacture Google’s Nexus 8 Tablet

By IBTimes AU

Google is on its way to make a huge trajectory change with its upcoming Nexus tablet by bringing in a larger 8 inches slate reportedly developed by HTC. (10:45 pm)

MORE TOPICS: GOOGLE INC., SAMSUNG, MANAGEMENT, HTC

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