A smartphone is a cell phone that offers more advanced computing ability and connectivity including over-the-air Internet access and email syncing. Smartphones may be thought of as handheld computers with integrated mobile phone capabilities and Internet access. Smartphone operating systems provide a platform for application developers to develop and distribute 3rd party applications on the device. Thus, they combine the functions of a cell phone, camera and personal digital assistant (PDA) for email calendar and contacts syncing with email and other applications (apps) on the device. Tablets also offer similar functionality but typically do not include cell phone calling capabilities.
Growth in demand and use of advanced mobile devices boasting powerful processors, abundant memory, larger screens, and apps has outpaced the rest of the cell phone market for several years. Smart devices are important tools in today’s highly mobile workforce.
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