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.

Tag:

Smartphones

Latest Headlines

Latest Headlines

Analysts: LTE, Chinese growth to drive smartphones to 1.24B sales in 2014

Strong growth in LTE smartphones, including TD-LTE phones sold in China, will lead to smartphone sales of 1.24 billion in 2014, according to a forecast from analysts at CCS Insight. However, CCS predicts smartphone growth will slow in the years ahead, largely due to saturation in mature markets.

Samsung points to marketing, not copying, as reason for smartphone turnaround

Samsung Electronics called witnesses in its patent-infringement trial against Apple who testified that it was an intensive and significant shift in marketing and hardware innovation that helped Samsung become the world's largest smartphone maker. The witnesses were seeking to rebut claims by Apple's lawyers that it was only through copying Apple's innovations that Samsung was able to secure its strong place in the market.

Google's Android did not have touchscreen support- until after the iPhone launched

Google's Android platform has grown into the world's most popular smartphone operating system, but before Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 it did not support touchscreen inputs, according to court documents.

Report: Amazon to release 3D smartphone in second half of 2014

The Amazon smartphone rumor mill is churning once again, with the  Wall Street Journal  reporting that the online retailer will release a smartphone in the second half of 2014.

BlackBerry's Chen: We're not exiting the devices business

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company is not going to get out of the devices business, despite giving an interview in which he indicated that it might be a possibility.

China's Xiaomi aims to sell 100M phones in 2015

Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi wants to expand internationally, especially in Asian markets like Singapore with large Chinese populations. Xiaomi founder Lei Jun's goal is to boost sales fivefold to 100 million phones in 2015.

Report: LTE Advanced, 64-bit chips to boost smartphone processor market to $30B in 2018

The advent of LTE Advanced networks and the further introduction of 64-bit chips and semiconductor process technology improvements are all expected to drive the global smartphone applications processor market to $30 billion in revenue in 2018, according to a new forecast from research firm Strategy Analytics.

Samsung expects operating profit to decline in Q1

Samsung Electronics expects its overall operating profit to slip in the first quarter and for sales to be essentially flat year-over-year, an indication that its mighty smartphone engine, especially at the high end of the market, may be slowing.

Apple documents in Samsung patent trial reveal the need for a bigger iPhone

Apple's latest patent-infringement trial against Samsung Electronics is underway in California and slides that were revealed during the trial indicate that Apple is indeed thinking about a larger-sized iPhone to capture a piece of a growing market.

T-Mobile offers $100 credit to BlackBerry customers after companies break up

Two days after BlackBerry said it will soon cut sales ties with T-Mobile US, the carrier said it is offering its existing BlackBerry customers a $100 credit toward any new device, including the BlackBerry Q10 or the Z10. T-Mobile said the  offer  is good through the end of the year.