smart·phone | \ˈsmärt-ˌfōn \

Definition of smartphone 

: a cell phone that includes additional software functions (such as e-mail or an Internet browser)

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Still, Broadcom is a provider of components for computers, smartphones and networking equipment. Bloomberg,, "Broadcom agrees to buy CA Technologies for $18.9 billion," 12 July 2018 Also in 2017, the Radiological Society of North America announced a study that found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the Internet. Edward Guthmann,, "Dan Hoyle takes on the digital world in ‘Each and Every Thing’," 10 July 2018 Lime was the first of the micromobility companies to give access to riders without smartphones and credit cards and has worked closely with groups including the U.S. military and college campuses. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Lime’s scooters will now be integrated into the ride-hailing giant’s app.," 9 July 2018 Some scientists have been working on smartphone apps to help people get possible IDs on the ticks that have bitten them. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 Since then, more than 2,500 markets have received card readers, tablets or smartphones. Jane Black And Leah Douglas,, "Some food stamp recipients may soon lose access to farmers market benefits," 12 July 2018 India is a huge smartphone market with over 400 million users, but the country’s population of 1.3 billion means that there’s still a lot of untapped potential. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Samsung opens world’s biggest phone factory in India," 9 July 2018 His work -- which included the development of differential calculus and integral calculus -- helped lay the groundwork for the computer and smartphone technology used in today's society. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates Mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's 372nd Birthday," 1 July 2018 These early results should be welcome news to people who are growing increasingly concerned about long-term addiction to smartphones. New York Times, "I Used Apple’s New Controls to Limit a Teenager’s iPhone Time (and It Worked!)," 11 July 2018

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1996, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of smartphone

: a mobile telephone that can be used to send and receive e-mail, connect to the Internet, take photographs, etc.


smart·phone | \ˈsmärt-ˌfōn\

Kids Definition of smartphone

: a cell phone that includes additional functions (as e-mail or an Internet browser)

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