smart·​phone ˈsmärt-ˌfōn How to pronounce smartphone (audio)
variants or less commonly smart phone
plural smartphones also smart phones
: a cell phone that includes additional software functions (such as email or an Internet browser)

Examples of smartphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don’t feel pressured to use software: Typing notes into your smartphone or jotting them down on paper is fine, too. Sarah Klein, TIME, 11 Apr. 2024 California won’t experience totality, but there’s still plenty to see. April 8, 2024 2 Here are some tips for taking photos of Monday’s upcoming solar eclipse without ruining your smartphone. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 Gina Raimondo, the commerce secretary, said the investment would help the United States start manufacturing the most advanced semiconductors, which are used in artificial intelligence, smartphones and the most sensitive military hardware. Don Clark, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2024 In a store, call up Apple Pay or Google Pay on your smartphone and tap it against the payment terminal. Ayesha Rascoe, NPR, 7 Apr. 2024 Since then, SpaceX’s tests have shown the satellites can successfully beam internet to smartphones with speeds up to 17Mbps. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 5 Apr. 2024 Stewart and Khan discussed Big Tech monopolies, after the US Justice Department and more than a dozen states sued Apple last week in a blockbuster antitrust lawsuit that accused Apple of illegally monopolizing the smartphone market. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024 There have also been newcomers into the market, such as smartphone maker Xiaomi, which saw its stock price — and market capitalization — skyrocket after a surge of interest in its first-ever EV. William Gavin, Quartz, 2 Apr. 2024 Shipments of Huawei smartphones in China grew 47% year-over-year during the fourth quarter, according to data from Canalys. Britney Nguyen, Quartz, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1996, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smartphone was in 1996

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“Smartphone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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smart·​phone ˈsmärt-ˌfōn How to pronounce smartphone (audio)
: a cell phone that includes additional functions (as e-mail or an Internet browser)

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