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Smartphones

A smartphone or smart phone is a mobile phone with an advanced mobile operating system that combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use. They typically combine the features of a cell phone with those of other popular mobile devices, such as personal digital assistant (PDA), media player and GPS navigation unit. Most smartphones can access the Internet, have a touchscreen user interface, can run third-party apps, music players and are camera phones. Most Smartphones produced from 2012 onwards also have high-speed mobile broadband 4G LTE internet, motion sensors, and mobile payment mechanisms.

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Ultra Power Saving Mode
If you use the Google Now Launcher, as an aftermarket add on, have a Samsung Note 5 and are worried about power consumption be wary of using the ultra power saving mode. Here is what happened to me when I made the mistake of trying this out...
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Ultra-power saving mode is developed by SAMSUNG and SAMSUNG do not expect that you will prefer to use Google Now Launcher instead of TouchWiz launcher.

I have tried to use Google Now Launcher but its support on Chinese is poor and I dropped it.

The only problem of Ultra-power saving mode is that it will disable all sync for email accounts after you exit Ultra-power saving mode and you need to manually re-able the sync of all email accounts,
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Jackie,

I don't use the built in email reader and did not have that problem with email.  I use touchdown from Symantec for my exchange/work email and inbox from google for my gmail email.  Both of these apps seem to work fine after coming back from UPS.
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OnPage Healthcare Alerting
The 21st century solution to antiquated pagers.
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By this time the large percentage of day-to-day transactions have shifted to mobile banking; here are some overriding areas QAs must investigate while testing mobile banking apps.
 
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Sennheiser
For Sennheiser, comfort, quality and security are high priority areas. This paper addresses the security of Bluetooth technology and the supplementary security that Sennheiser’s Contact Center and Office (CC&O) headsets provide.
 
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Google PlayStore
If your app took Google’s lash recently, here are the 5 most likely reasons.
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Bitmoji Keyboard - Your Avatar Emoji on the App Store
Let Bitmoji into your life. Now is the time to learn a new language of smartphone messaging with this brief introduction.
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The case of the missing phone talks about the way a small electronic gadget (the mobile phone) has penetrated into our lives and has made us addicted to it.
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With mobile becoming increasingly important to the business world, it is in your best interest to make sure that your email signature looks great across all types of devices. Find out how to create a mobile email signature with this guide.
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Another good reason to include your email address in your signature is that some email clients will, depending on the original recipient's "Display contact as:" settings, strip your address from the original "From:" line when your email is forwarded, leaving only your name. Your signature thus may be the only place where the forwardee can find your email address.
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@bsod I've noticed Apple products do that (my ipad, specifically). Can't imagine what mental giant at Apple thought stripping actual email addresses from the body content was a good idea...
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A brand new malware strain was recently discovered by security researchers at Palo Alto Networks dubbed “AceDeceiver.” This new strain of iOS malware can successfully infect non-jailbroken devices and jailbroken devices alike.
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A short article about a problem I had getting the GPS LocationListener working.
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Launchers compared
Once again I push the limits of my phone.  An introduction to the Android Google Now Launcher.
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Hmmm... I have Marshmallow on my S5 and the Now launcher isn't standard (which I take to mean is included by default).
Here's what my home screen looks like.
Marshmallow Home screen (click for larger)
By the way, you should try to embed the comparison shot in the article, as the title totally obscures it when viewed on handheld devices. (Going to check it on my laptop, next.)
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I didn't have much trouble going to the Now launcher and recommend it.  I like it better.  I now have a Note 5, so it doesn't matter anymore.
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Working settings for French ISP Orange "Prêt à Surfer" SIM cards for data connections only. Can't be found anywhere else !
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Introduction


This article is a continuation of Part-1 as evident from the title. Please visit this page to read the earlier Part -1. If you are already coming after viewing Part-1, please read on.


Bookmarks


If you are a regular user of “Chrome” and you have setup your Google account on your device, all your bookmarks are automatically synchronized across all devices that have signed in to the same account in Google Chrome.

The sign-in process is different if you are using Google Chrome on Windows. You need to explicitly sign in to the Chrome Browser to sync your bookmarks, history and other stuff. In Google Chrome, Click Menu / Settings. See image.


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Click sign in to Chrome in the resulting Menu.

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Enter your Credentials in the resulting Dialog box to Sign in to Chrome.

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In your android device, make sure that “Auto Sync” is enabled under Settings / Accounts. Also check that Chrome is 
explicitly enabled under Sync settings of your Google Account. See Image.


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Use the Ctrl+Shift+O shortcut in Google Chrome on your Windows PC to open the Bookmarks manager. You should find your bookmarks under the folder “Mobile Bookmarks”. See image.

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All bookmarks created in the Chrome app in your android app will be synchronized automatically. See image.

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If you use the above method to sync your bookmarks, they will be imported in the Chrome app when you setup your Google account in your android device.

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Nice job with the two-part series, both with the easy-to-read content and the supporting images.  Voting Yes.
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Introduction


Everyone is using a smartphone these days. Contacts, messages, applications, documents, bookmarks, pictures, videos and other stuff which you created and are present only on your device come under the umbrella called “Personal Data”.

There will come a day when you need to transfer personal data from your device to other places. It could be due to either of the following reasons –

  • You got a new phone and want to transfer all your data to the new phone.
  • Your old phone is broken and you need to give it to the authorised Company’s Service Centre to fix it. The repair shop will never take responsibility for loss of personal data.
  • Your phone has started to act sluggish and a factory reset could be one of the reasons to get it speedy again.
  • For safekeeping, just in case you lose your phone.
  • You are flashing a custom Rom and you need a backup of your personal data to restore it to your new Rom. However, users installing custom Roms may not find this guide that helpful as they may already be familiar with other powerful methods of backing up which are outside the scope of this article.
 

Backup of data to your Google account


When you configure / setup your google account in your device,
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Nice job with the two-part series, both with the easy-to-read content and the supporting images.  Voting Yes.
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Android System Updating
As the title indicates, I have done this before. It chills me everytime I update the OS on my phone, because one time I did this and I essentially had a bricked phone. Such is the price for being on the bleeding edge. Anyway, the morning of July 8, 2015, I received a push update of the OS on my Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5. It indicated that I needed a total of 800mb to do the update. I figured why not and went ahead with it. It was only after it had started, that I got nervous.

When I saw this screen...

2015-07-08-05.52.47.jpg... there was a similar screen when my device imploded, so I started to worry. It didn't help that according to one of my apps, I have 661 apps; I was hoping that this meant it wasn't optimizing built-in apps. Last time it counted all the way up to the second number and then reset and had a different number (fewer). But this time everything SEEMED to go smoothly. The system finished optimizing and rebooted. I was able to access most of my apps although some insisted that they didn't exist. I wasn't able to investigate any further, because at that time the device decided to reset. It hadn't warned me that it would take a long time on the Verizon screen after boot up, so I was a little worried when it had been booting on that screen for between 5 and 10 minutes. …
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Optimizing apps normally happens when doing an OS update for major versions. This is especially true for the Lollipop update due to Google's major code refactoring.

How does one acquire that many apps...? My phone doesn't even have 100 apps and I use it for hours every day.
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I use my phone for virtually everything. I also do beta testing for Android apps and am subscribed to the amazon app of the day and use the app of the day app (better than amazon).

It is a lot, especially for my 16gb S5.  I store a majority of my apps on my 64gb card.
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phones-cropped.jpgLet me explain this picture a little bit.  First, in case you haven't already guessed, you are looking at my 2 phones, an Android Samsung Galaxy S5 on the left and an iPhone 5 on the right.  They are on their respective cradles on my desk.  But, you may ask, why in the world do you have 2 phones - for 2 heads?  No, but not far off.  

Because of my work, where I am the IT goto guy for my department, I decided it was a necessity to have at least some experience with iPhones, iPads and Android devices.  This is mainly because our workplace does not have any policy restricting what devices can or cannot be on our network other than they have to have security software installed.   And I am then tasked with the job of having to troubleshoot ANY device, carried by someone in my department, that connects to the network (and they all use wifi at least).  There are some of my colleagues here that look like they are wearing a batman utility belt.  I know of at least one person who carries an iPhone, Android, Blackberry, WiFi AP, and a pager.  We all write, or try to write help documents for all these devices in regards to our network.  Such things as how to connect your device to our exchange server and how to configure your device to connect to our WiFi.  In order for these to documents to be at all helpful, we include screenshots of actually doing whatever we are describing (or sometimes I just make a movie).  To make those screenshots and to know what you are …
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It really Depends on how much app's you have installed/Or running on your Android

Having Heavy draining Apps Running all day long(on both of the phones ) will shorten your batterys Life , and the power will not last as it was, Especially on Android

Being an android user , Some Apps Keep Auto Run on startup altough you didnt use them yet , Its quicker to run them since they are already executed on the background but it drains power : /, it is better to disable Auto start on the most Power-hungry ones

Benchmarks Are usually using Stock phones with no Apps on thems , and with no apps Android battery lasts longer:

http://cdn.bgr.com/2013/11/iphone-5s-5c-battery-life-test.jpg
Iphone has a more powerfull processor :

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And in the underground Ios's are jail braked In order to Enable Customizations , that doesn't not equalize the equation ...So yeah Perhaps Carrying both is a must For It professionals

I wonder what kind of Applications Iphone User's have/Use especially in work ? are they the same as Android ?
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I wondered the same.  My boss has an iPhone and needs to be able to get files of of our one they are on.  The only real option is the cloud.  He uses an FTP app as well, and with enough configuration you can use what amounts to a files app.

As an IT professional,  I have found one of the best apps for iOS is on the iPad only, called CI (computer inventory) from imobile3,  it does almost everything I need from an inventory app. There are others which do a better job of either querying the computers or storing the info (see my article on it here : http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/18542/Finding-a-Computer-Inventory-Application-for-Use-with-Mobile-Devices.html).
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If you are anything like me, you install many apps on your phone and have your life on it, sometimes literally.  When I bought my current phone, a Samsung Galaxy S5 from Verizon, they were only selling the versions with 16 GB internal.  I didn't realize this at the time, or I might have bought a different phone.  Anyway, I now had a phone with only 16 GB of internal memory, which translated to about 10.5 GB usable.  It helped to have a 64gb card, but I have been constantly trying to find space.  I am unused to getting the messages I currently get about not having enough space to install an app I want to try.
 
At work, the most common complaint we get from iPhone users about email, is that it isn't downloading their mail anymore.  This is an easy fix, because we know what the problem is, these are the users that have set their phones to download ALL emails. The fix is simply deleting their email account and redoing it but changing that setting to a couple of months instead.  I mention this because that is what I ended up doing on my phone. I had been looking in every crevice of the phone to try to get more space.  I finally decided to delete my email account (which I had set to retain all emails), and redo it with the setting to download the last  6 months instead of ALL.  I gained almost 500mb of space.

The next most common complaint is that they are running out of space because they have so many pictures on the phone.  To these people I always recommend Flickr.com. …
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Are you looking to clear some space on your phone for the latest iOS 8 update? Did you switch to Spotify so you no longer need to keep music native on your phone? Run out of space for taking photos while in the middle of vacation? Sometimes the quickest, easiest thing you can do is remove those old songs on your phone that don’t stand up over the years – it’s ok, we all have them.

Let’s review how to delete a song, an album, or all the music from your iPhone.

Disable iTunes Match
Before we start removing music from the iPhone, we have to make sure iTunes Match is disabled. If it isn’t, our phone won’t let us delete music directly from our iPhone (we would have to do so through iTunes on our computer – thanks Apple).

Settings > Music > “Show All Music” slider should be set to “Off”. This will hide all music that is not downloaded on your device, this will NOT affect music that you loaded onto your iPhone from your computer. 
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If you want a fresh start to your music collection, you can do it all at once, rather than taking the time to delete one album or song at a time.

Under your Settings > General > Usage (this can take a second, as it’s scanning all of your apps) > Music
Music02.pngFrom here you will see information about all of your apps. Select Music > Edit > All Music (red minus sign) > Delete  
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Delete an Entire Album
This…
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Great write up! Since a delete option wasn't readily available in the UI, I wasn't even aware this could be done.
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Cell phones contain everything nowadays; our whole lives in one single device. With important data, contacts, photos, emails, credit card information and much more, our phones can be convenient yet detrimental if ever lost or stolen. 

Use these steps to prevent loss or to easily track and find your lost or stolen device.  


Find your Apple Device


Find My iPhone is the perfect app to use on your desktop or on your phone when trying to find any Apple device. It allows you to find, lock or erase data from your iPhone. To set up your phone so that you can easily track and find it if you were to ever lose it, follow these steps.

To set up Find My iPhone, make sure your phone’s GPS location is on. This will help in finding your device if it was ever to get lost or stolen.

  1. Go on your phone and select Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone
  2. ​​Tap the toggle to turn on your GPS tracking for the app. This will allow you to track your device.
 

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Now if you ever lose your cell phone you can use a desktop computer or any other device to find the location of your phone.
 
Follow these steps to find your device through a desktop:
  1. Go to www.icloud.com
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password
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  4. As long as your location services is turned on, you should be able to see the location of your phone.
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  5. From here, you can select Play Sound to try locating your phone if it is nearby. Or you can select Erase iPhone
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Arinee,

Nice article.  I have to say that the built in ways to do this tend to work very well and I assume that is why you were looking at them.  Although I don't endorse any 3rd party apps, I have had the trustgo security app on my android for too many years and it has found my phone and saved me several times, even one time in the dead of night when the ringer had been turned off, trustgo located it to within 5 feet and then I set the alarm off and found it on the ground a couple of feet from where I was standing.  The kicker was it was almost pitch black at the time.
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With the proliferation of Android devices on the market today, it was inevitable that malicious types would want to start exploiting the openness of the platform. Luckily however, there are a few options when it comes to mobile security.
Starting with the basics:

Anti-virus

Antivirus will scan your memory, texts and applications for viruses and malware. It can be set up on a schedule be it weekly, daily or monthly. All basic Mobile security applications will have this in both free and paid (where applicable) versions. Some apps will also provide antivirus as a 'real-time' protection for free, others require the premium version for this function.

Apps that provide antivirus:
Avast! Mobile Security, AVG Antivirus Free, Lookout Mobile Security, Norton Security and Antivirus, AVG Anti-virus Pro, Kaspersky Mobile Security 9, Lookout Premium, McAfee Mobile Security.

Firewall

Relatively few security apps are providing a firewall for mobile devices. Avast! is notable in that it allows you to enable a firewall based on either a 'deny all' model or an 'allow all' model. You can then choose which applications to either allow or deny access to data or WiFi networks. It can also allow or deny based on connection type. For example, you could allow access for dropbox on WiFi but deny it on mobile data to limit mobile data downloads.

Apps providing a firewall:
Avast!, Droidwall, Root Firewall Free.

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Great article, thanks for the overview. I have clicked "Yes," this article WAS helpful!
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I am finally (FINALLY!) about to make the plunge in to the smart phone world and was curious about what kind of protection I would need.

AVAST has been a great product for a long time and I was glad to see your recommendation.

Thank you for the work on this Article. "Yes" vote above.
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As you may know from my boasting, "Finally ... I have a DROID !", I now have an Android 2.2 device and specifically a Verizon Wireless Droid 2 for which I am hoping to provide an early review within this article.

Disclaimer:
This is my humble opinion only. I am not affiliated, other than being a customer, with Verizon. Consequently, this is not meant to be a comparative article between devices that other providers offer or even those also available at Verizon for that matter. This article is simply my thoughts and preliminary observations of my new business and personal device.

With that all said, let's get started …

1. Background:

The quest for device begins...Shortly after starting with my current employer in 2005, we purchased Palm Treo 700w devices sporting a QWERTY keyboard and Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system, so I was very spoiled with the ability to type very quickly with one or two hands (thumbs??) on my phone while doing "geekish" server administrator type things like using a terminal session from my phone at the Atlanta airport when I got stuck there coming back from a visit. In addition to this, using programs like Joikuspot, the Wi-Fi hotspot or tethering was a great business asset of my phone.

Moving forward to 2008, we were early adopters of the …
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Thanks for reading and voting by the way!
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Kev,
Doing my due diligence before getting a smart phone and really appreciate all of the detail you provided here.

I've read Todd's EE Article also and will check out Michael's next.

Unfortunately, I am no closer to making a decision than when I started. Maybe I'll just go down to the local giant computer store and pick the one with the nicest color (only semi-joking).

"Yes" vote above.

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Droid is not just a new Android smart phone, rather its the new starting for Motorola's smart-phone and Google's Android.

Here I will be explaining why droid is starting of a new future by comparing other platforms present today in mobile industry.

There was a time when J2ME was supposed to be the only and most widely used in mobile phones for application and game development and still it is. But the limitations it brings with it, makes it hard to do alot of stuff which one can do in Symbian, Windows Mobile, or Apple's OS.

I have talked about Java ME, now lets talk about Symbian, its in market for a long time and developers get control of the mobile device using it and they can do anything using it, but its the most immature structure and very complex. One has to really get alot of time to master it.

Apple and windows mobile have their own world but to use any of this, you are bound and struck in a technology which is not universal.

Now here comes the Android, It has achieved so much in a short period of time,which others have after a long time. Why so, its easy to learn, its follows standards, its open-sourced, its java like and most of all its not rocket science yet you have all the control of the device and any application you built on it.

Droid 2 is loaded with features which are not less then any smart-phone today in market. It's the future and why not be, Google is behind it, remember the time when absence came in market? Now it's most used service …
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For 11 years, I had been a T-Mobile customer. Actually, I was originally a PowerTel customer. Then they were bought by T-Mobile, and I became a de facto T-Mobile customer.

I frequently described T-Mobile as the KMart of the cell phone world. Significantly cheaper than AT&T and Verizon. Mostly because I had a plan from 1998, that was unbeatable. Then in the early 2000's, I got unlimited internet (because I was in a test market) for $2.99 / month. Eventually, I had to give that up to get 3G, and had to pay retail price for unlimited internet.

But, after 11 years, my requirements changed. Most notably, I needed good support for MS Exchange (ActiveSync), and a nimble phone. My wish list also included an SSH client so I could access servers on the go, decent camera, and fast 3G phone coverage.

T-Mobile has 3G coverage, but not with a phone that met those requirements. So I waited.

Then, about a month ago, a friend of mine asked me "Have you seen that new phone out by Motorola? It's supposed to be an iPhone killer."

This was the best marketing for the Droid that there ever could have been. "Motorola Droid by Verizon: the iPhone killer."

Instead, they have some inane "Droid Does" garbage. No benefit. No nothing. Droid Does what? Dallas? The marketing for the Droid device is so inferior to the device itself, it's almost sad.

Obviously, the advertising agency for the Droid is not the same one who thought up "there's a map for that."

So in the end, it was a long…
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@to2007:

You're almost to writing an article yourself! Have you considered turning your "vent" into a full blown article? I think it would be worthwhile...
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I had forgotten about this but have to post a comment that I really like the new Android 2.2 (Froyo) update.  The previews I had heard made me excited for the update.  I got it last week and it has met or even exceeded my expectations.  Flash was not part of the update and does not seem available yet.
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Smartphones

A smartphone or smart phone is a mobile phone with an advanced mobile operating system that combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use. They typically combine the features of a cell phone with those of other popular mobile devices, such as personal digital assistant (PDA), media player and GPS navigation unit. Most smartphones can access the Internet, have a touchscreen user interface, can run third-party apps, music players and are camera phones. Most Smartphones produced from 2012 onwards also have high-speed mobile broadband 4G LTE internet, motion sensors, and mobile payment mechanisms.