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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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Amazon's Fire smartphone dinged by reviewers as gimmicky

Amazon unveiled its first smartphone last month with much fanfare, promising to shake up a market that it argued has grown stale by introducing new technologies and ways of interacting with mobile devices. Based on early reviews of the Fire phone though, Amazon has a long way to go in convincing consumers that it's worth it to switch from another smartphone platform.

Apple ships 35.2M iPhones, slightly below expectations

Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in its fiscal third quarter, just below analysts' expectations but not too far off. Analysts had forecast around 35.9 million iPhone sales, according to the  Wall Street Journal. Attention is now turning to the next iterations of the iPhone and whether Apple will introduce a wearable device dubbed the iWatch, as many industry watchers expect it will.

Huawei's first-half revenue jumps 19% thanks to LTE, smartphones

Huawei reported that its first half-revenue jumped 19 percent thanks to growth in its LTE network infrastructure and smartphone businesses outside China.

Juniper Research: Active LTE connections to exceed 1B in 2017

Active LTE connections are expected to cross the 1 billion mark in 2017 and reach 1.8 billion by 2019.

Report: Microsoft to wind down Nokia's feature-phone biz to focus on Windows Phone

Microsoft is going to wind down Nokia's Asha and Series 40 feature-phone businesses over the next 18 months to focus solely on devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, according to an internal company memo. The decisions come as part of Microsoft's decision to cut 18,000 jobs, including 12,500 former Nokia workers, the largest restructuring in the company's history.

Microsoft to slash 18,000 jobs, many of them former Nokia workers

The axe is falling for former Nokia handset workers. In its largest round of layoffs to date, Microsoft  said it will cut up to 18,000 jobs this year, or 14 percent of its workforce. It is expected that many of those cuts will be to employees the company acquired when it bought Nokia's devices and services business for around $7.4 billion.

GSA: Number of LTE user devices increases 100% in a year to 1,889

Some 941 new LTE user devices were launched in the past year, representing virtually 100 per cent annual growth, according to latest figures from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

Google pushes to dismiss U.S. antitrust suit targeting its Android practices

Google argued that an antitrust lawsuit against its Android operating system should be dismissed in part because Android device makers can use the platform without also installing Google's apps and services.

CCS Insight: Global tablet growth to drop sharply in 2014

CCS Insight said a slowdown in the tablet market in 2014 has been more dramatic than expected, with latest forecasts saying that growth is now expected to drop to just 14 per cent worldwide compared to increases of 71 per cent in 2013 and 79 per cent in 2012.

Samsung Z, vendor's Tizen smartphone, is a no-show at Russian developer event

Samsung Electronics' efforts to get the first smartphone running the open-source Tizen platform into the market suffered another setback when the company had to backtrack on its promise to show off a commercial version of its first Tizen phone at a developer conference in Moscow on Thursday.