A smartphone (or smart phone) is a mobile phone with an advanced operating system. Smartphones typically include the features of a phone with those of other popular mobile devices, such as personal digital assistant, media player and GPS navigation unit. Most have a touchscreen interface and can run third-party apps, and are camera phones. Later smartphones add broadband internet web browsing, Wi-Fi, motion sensors and mobile payment mechanisms. In February 2014, 93% of mobile developers were targeting smartphones first for app development. In 2014, sales of smartphones worldwide topped 1.2 billion, which is up 28% from 2013.

Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He has written for Den of Geek, Fortean Times, IT PRO, PC Pro, ALPHR, and many other technology sites. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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