Smartphones are mobile phones with additional advanced computing capabilities, distinguishing them from standard feature phones. Smartphones have the ability to run more complicated applications than feature phones and often run on open operating systems, possess stronger processers, have greater storage capabilities and feature larger screens. The first Smartphone, as reported in USA Today, the IBM Simon, was sold by BellSouth in 1992 and included a calendar, a note pad, games, and allowed the user to email and fax. The IBM Simon was also the first phone to use touch screen technology. In 1997, Ericsson produced the GS88, the first phone to be called a “Smartphone.” Since the 90s, the smartphone market has changed dramatically. As of 2010, Smartphones now make up 20 percent of the handset market, with global Smartphone shipments increasing by a whopping 74 percent from 2009 to 2010. Smartphone revenues reached $99 billion in 2010, accord to a report from Strategy Analytics. Apple, Nokia, and Research in Motion (RIM) cashed in, with Apple in the lead, commanding 29 percent of the total market revenue. According to a report by Canalys, 97 percent of Smartphones on the market run on operating systems produced by Android, Symbian, Apple, RIM, or Windows Mobile. Only 3 percent of Smartphones run on alternate operating systems. The most popular smart phones on the market currently include Apple’s iPhone 4, Motorola’s Droid 2 and Droid X, HTC’s EVO 4G and  Droid Incredible, and RIM’s BlackBerry Torch, BlackBerry Bold, and BlackBery Curve.



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IDC: CEE becoming a lucrative market for enterprise mobility vendors

IDC said new opportunities are emerging for enterprise mobility vendors in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as more companies are embracing mobility as a tool for increasing productivity and gaining a competitive edge.

Report: FTC probing whether Google violated antitrust laws by favoring its own services in Android

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Google has restricted its competitors' access to its Android operating system and favored its own services, according to a  Bloomberg  report. 

Apple's iPhone 6s, 6s Plus go on sale as Verizon looks to match Sprint, T-Mobile offers

Sales of Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus kicked off today around the world as U.S. carriers sought to one-up each other with new offers and promotions designed to get customers to upgrade to the latest smartphones or switch carriers.

BlackBerry to release Android-based 'Priv' smartphone this year with support from all major carriers

At a time when BlackBerry's smartphone hardware business is shrinking, the company confirmed it will release a security and privacy-focused phone later this year called the "Priv" running on a modified version of Google's Android platform. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the firm is working "with all of the major carriers" on the launch of the phone and thinks the company's security heritage will set it apart. However, BlackBerry reported revenue for its fiscal second quarter that missed analysts' expectations and a wider-than-expected loss.

Gartner forecasts 1% decline in mobile device shipments in 2015

Gartner issued a somewhat gloomier forecast for the mobile devices market in 2015, revising downwards its previous prediction of 1.5 per cent growth this year to a 1 per cent decline from 2014 to 2.4 billion units.

CyanogenMod adds support for Huawei, Motorola smartphones

Startup Cyanogen (a 2015 Fierce 15 winner) is adding support for several Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Xiaomi smartphones for its CyanogenMod, an open-source custom Android-based operating system, which it says offers OEMs and carriers more flexibility than stock Android software.

BlackBerry's software revenue in focus for earnings as new photo of Android phone leaks

BlackBerry reports results for its second fiscal quarter tomorrow, and the company's progress on growing its software revenue will again be in focus, as it was last quarter, with some analysts skeptical that BlackBerry can grow enterprise software sales as much as it hopes this year. Meanwhile, a new photo and details of BlackBerry's rumored phone running Google's Android platform leaked online.

Sprint undercuts T-Mobile, offers iPhone 6s for $1/month in leasing payments with an iPhone trade-in

That was fast. Sprint is hoping to best rival T-Mobile US with its own trade-in program for Apple's newest iPhones and is offering a 16 GB iPhone 6s for $1 per month in leasing payments and a 16 GB iPhone 6s Plus for $5 per month with the trade-in of an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The Sprint offer, which will be available for a limited time, comes a day after T-Mobile said it would offer the 16 GB iPhone 6s for $5 a month and the 16 GB iPhone 6s Plus for $9 per month in device payments when customers trade in their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

T-Mobile offers iPhone 6s for as low as $5/month in device payments if customers trade in an iPhone 6

T-Mobile US is clearly hoping that it gets a large chunk of the sales of Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus starting on Friday, undercutting all of its competitors by offering the 16 GB iPhone 6s for $5 a month and the 16 GB iPhone 6s Plus for $9 per month in device payments when customers trade in their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

How the mobile phone replaced basically everything else

Smartphones are now enabling more technologies than ever before, including virtual reality, but this is merely a continuation of a trend that has been going on for the better part of two decades.  FierceMobileIT  has created an infographic that charts how cellphones have replaced basically every other electronic device.  Special report