A smartphone

A smartphone is a mobile phone (also known as cell phones or cell mobiles) with an advanced mobile operating system that combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use.

Smartphones, which are pocket-sized, typically combine the features of a mobile phone, such as the abilities to place and receive voice calls and create and receive text messages, with those of other popular digital mobile devices like personal digital assistants such as an event calendar, media player, video games, GPS navigation, digital camera and digital video camera.

Smartphones can access the Internet and can run a variety of third-party software components (“apps” from places like Google Play Store or Apple App Store).

They typically have a colour display with a graphical user interface that covers more than 76 per cent of the front surface.

The display is usually a touch screen and sometimes additionally a touch-enabled keyboard like the Priv/Passport BlackBerry, which enables the user to use a virtual keyboard to type words and numbers and press onscreen icons to activate “app” features.

In 1999, the Japanese firm, NTT DoCoMo, released the first smartphones to achieve mass adoption within a country. Smartphones became widespread in the late 2000s.

Most of those produced from 2012 onward have high-speed mobile broadband 4G LTE, motion sensors, and mobile payment features. In the third quarter of 2012, one billion smartphones were in use worldwide. Global smartphone sales surpassed the sales figures for regular cell phones in early 2013.

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