Some young adults are so fond of their expensive smartphones that they take a cheaper backup phone with them to bars and leave their fancier phones at home where they are safe from spilled vodka tonics, pickpockets and uncoordinated drunk people.
Welcome to the multiple-mobile-gadget world.
Amazon may be coming out with its own smartphone, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The company reportedly is working with Foxconn to develop the hardware, which will likely run Amazon's version of the Android operating system.
Smartphones are now more common than "dumb" phones.
According to comScore's new Mobile Metrix 2.0 report released Monday, Facebook's mobile usage is on the rise. In fact, the report revealed that Facebook users spent more time accessing the social network on smartphones than on computers in March.
If Apple were to challenge its smartphone competitors to a contest with its all-conquering iPhone 4S, Samsung's Galaxy S would probably be the model thrown into the arena to compete.
Your smartphone might help retailers to be smarter about your purchasing habits and even let them send you targeted discounts while you shop.
If you're at a coffee shop, anywhere in Philadelphia, or if it's late at night, hang on to your smartphone.
The latest phones released at the 2012 Mobile World Congress include high resolution cameras and built-in projectors.
As of February, more U.S. adults own smartphones than simpler feature phones, according to new research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
Schaumburg police bought 24 iPhones with federal drug-seizure money to use as crime-fighting weapons. WBBM reports.
Are you reading this article on your cell phone or tablet? These days, that makes you pretty normal, especially if you're American, according to a recent report from comScore.
The hottest smartphone maker at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona isn't Samsung, HTC, Nokia or Motorola. It's Intel.
The blogosphere -- arguably the first engine of the new-media age -- is becoming more female, while traditional media is horning in on the blogging action, a new study said Friday.
Some U.S. officials this year are expected to get smartphones capable of handling classified government documents over cellular networks, according to people involved in the project.
AT&T handily beat Verizon in the battle for iPhone customers last quarter, but the company lost $6.7 billion in large part due to its failed merger with T-Mobile.
Verizon's record iPhone sales last quarter came at a steep cost.
A federal agency in charge of safety on the roads wants an outright ban on using mobile phones while driving. But what if we're just too hooked on our smartphones and other digital gadgets to care?
An NTSB spokeswoman compares cell phone use in the car to drinking and driving.
How do you say "here goes nothing" in Finnish?
Google held two big events within 24 hours: one with its subsidiary Motorola in New York, and another with its partner Samsung in Hong Kong.
Here's a Googley vision for the future:
Virtually all smartphones now include a built-in GPS receiver to enable location tracking, but only 55% of U.S. smartphone owners have used their phone's GPS to help get local directions or recommendations.
September is National Preparedness Month -- do you know where your cell phone is, and how to use it during an emergency?
Smartphones may attract nearly all of the marketing hype and news coverage, but comScore's latest statistics show that smartphones still comprise only a minority of the U.S. mobile market -- about 35%, as of July 2011.
Teammates in pro sports today are talking more than ever, just not as much to each other.
If you're sick of your friend flicking around with his iPhone at dinner, tell him to shut the damn thing off and return to reality.
If you've ever pretended to be talking on your cell phone to avoid talking to, or acknowledging, someone nearby -- you're not alone. One in 13 Americans have used this ploy, a new survey says.
Few people would say they actually enjoy contacting their wireless carrier for customer service. But if you have a contract for your cell phone, you'll probably get slightly better service, according to a new survey from J.D. Power and Associates.
In the smartphone market, it's a great time to be Apple and Samsung. Nokia and Motorola? Not so much.
Motorola announced dismal device sales in its earnings report on Thursday, with tablets faring near the worst among the company's products.
It's a ubiquitous feature on landlines that's basically non-existent on mobile phones: Caller ID.
According to a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 35% of U.S. adults own a smartphone.
Call Kimberly Brown a smartphone junkie if you want.
Neurosurgeon Keith Black explains why children are at higher risk of getting brain cancer from using cell phones.
Google is teaming with MasterCard, Citigroup and Sprint to launch a new phone-based mobile payment system.
Using social media is one of the most popular things people do on their phones -- and not just on smartphones.
I was recently in Fort Knox, Kentucky, to visit my nephew in Army Basic Training, where my sister gave him a basic Tracphone so he could call home more easily.
Cisco is shutting down a business unit that it bought for over half-a-billion dollars: the Flip camcorder division.
To control costs and increase flexibility, more and more U.S. mobile users are choosing no-contract plans (month-to-month or prepaid) for cell phone service.
If you access Facebook via the Web browser on a "feature phone" -- a simpler, less powerful cousin to the smartphone -- your experience might improve significantly over the next few weeks.
Consumer demand for mobile media is growing fast, but the smartphone app market has quickly become heavily saturated and fairly confusing.
When you want news or information about your community, do you sometimes turn to your cell phone or tablet computer? If so, you've got plenty of company.
Android is now the most-used smartphone operating system in the United States -- a stunning race to the top from a platform that didn't exist just 27 months ago.
The smartphone market is pretty competitive, which can make choosing a phone challenging for consumers who just want a clear answer on which of these pricey devices they should buy.
A new survey from casual gaming company PopCap shows that an incredibly high percentage of adults in the UK and U.S. is into mobile gaming.
It was a fateful day back on Feb. 16, 2009. That's when LG Electronics' then-vice chairman and CEO Nam Yong met with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in Barcelona, Spain. There, at the world's largest mobile industry trade show called the Mobile World Congress, LG Electronics and Microsoft inked an agreement for strategic collaboration. LG wanted to use Microsoft Windows Mobile OS as its platform for some 50 types of smartphones by 2012. The decision by the world's third-largest handset manufacturer to select Microsoft as the operating system for its smartphones was one of the most puzzling announcements to come out of the confab.
It was a fateful day back on Feb. 16, 2009. That's when LG Electronics' then-vice chairman and CEO Nam Yong met with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in Barcelona, Spain. There, at the world's largest mobile industry trade show called the Mobile World Congress, LG and Microsoft inked an agreement for strategic collaboration. LG wanted to use Microsoft Windows Mobile OS as its platform for some 50 types of smartphones by 2012. The decision by the world's third-largest handset manufacturer to select Microsoft as the operating system for its smartphones was one of the most puzzling announcements to come out of the confab.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced Friday that the Finnish mobile phone maker would make a radical shift in its business strategy, highlighted by a switch to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 smartphone platform.
This week comScore published its 2010 Digital Year in Review report, which covers topics ranging from e-commerce to consumer electronics.
A long-anticipated milestone was hit late last year: Smartphone shipments overtook PCs.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are fighting a losing battle.
The Verizon iPhone train started rolling this week, but Apple's main smartphone competitors aren't about to be left at the station.
If you bought a smartphone within the past year, you might already have noticed that your once-cool superdevice is feeling outdated.
Lately, Verizon and AT&T have been sending confusing signals to current and would-be iPhone users about how much data service for this trendy device will cost.
Well, it's not like we didn't see this coming.
Now that Verizon is about to start selling the iPhone 4, there's a lot of buyer's remorse in the air.
Forget what's in your wallet -- beware your smartphone. It's becoming one of your most dangerous possessions.
Google doesn't have a booth at the Consumer Electronics Show, but the company's Android software is practically everywhere.
Expect mobile phone security to become a hot topic in 2011, with vulnerabilities emerging for complex smartphones and simple "feature phones" alike.
Ahead of the annual New Year's Eve celebration, wireless provider AT&T says it will expand a Wi-Fi hotspot in New York City's Times Square.
Just over a quarter of all American adults used cell phones to participate in some election-related activity during last month's elections, according to a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
Three things became clear by the end of Research in Motion President Mike Lazaridis' time in the spotlight at a mobile tech conference.
Will smartphones replace personal navigation devices?
Google's Android mobile operating system has been credited with saving struggling handset manufacturers, but it may ultimately be the thing that kills a number of them off.
Around the world, smartphones are gaining ground fast. But they're not yet the norm.
Android smartphone market share trails iPhone market share by a scant 9 percentage points in a recent study from analysis giant Nielsen.
Android smartphones can do a lot, but unless you're already an Android power user or enjoy configuring a sophisticated device, getting set up on your first Android phone is probably a bit of an ordeal.
No matter how much you love your smartphone, it can't reach its full potential unless software developers like it too.
Our weeklong series on the emergence of smartphones, Our Mobile Lives, prompted plenty of discussion from our readers.
As the cell phone market is flooded with smartphones, CNN.com helps you narrow down which works best for you.
In the ever-growing world of smartphones and smartphone users, one thing has become fairly clear: We all love our own phone, but we hate yours.
Make your choice about buying a smartphone based on how you will use it, not on how it looks or what the most popular model is.
Matthew Callahan's laptop is sitting in its case, which is most likely where it will stay for the next nine months he's on the road.
Hewlett-Packard is releasing a sequel to one of the biggest disappointments in the short history of smartphones.
Doug Wilson takes his smartphone everywhere.
The term "smartphone" may sound cool and hip, but it's actually been around since at least the mid-1990s.
Forget about using your smartphone in the car. Your next car might be one.
Editor's Note: This is part of a five-day CNN.com series about smartphones and their impact on our lives and culture.
CNN's Errol Barnett shows us a tech analyst's demo of the iPad and discusses the device's pros and cons.
Apple's Steve Jobs gave quite a monologue Monday, dressing down competing makers of smartphones, tablets and software.
While the Android mobile operating system is free, the smartphones and tablets that use it have generally been rather pricey and thus out of reach for many consumers.
Microsoft on Monday unveiled its plan to battle the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones with its new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.
If you're a tech news junkie (and that's why you're reading CNN.com Tech, right?), you might have gotten the impression that everyone already has -- or at least wants -- a smartphone. Or that smartphones and tablets are the only mobile devices that matter.
Research In Motion is known for basically one thing: making reliable smartphones that brought e-mailing from a phone to the mainstream. But it might be branching out very soon.
Cell phones have become one of the most ubiquitous hallmarks of life in the 21st century, but they aren't necessarily good for the environment.
CNN's Ayesha Durgahee went to the 15th Nokia World conference in London.
About 35 percent of U.S. adults have mobile phones that run software applications, or apps, according to a new survey.
Finnish cellphone giant Nokia on Tuesday unveiled its latest range of smartphones as it bids to recover lost ground to rivals Apple and Blackberry.
A hot new smartphone can be Incredible, Vibrant, Epic or just "eh," but no matter how it stacks up, it's a safe bet that it will start selling at $199.
Women text and talk on their mobile phones more than men.
Research In Motion unveiled the much-hyped BlackBerry Torch 9800 on Tuesday, a new touch-screen BlackBerry smartphone with a pull-out keyboard and a significantly updated operating system that is designed to compete with the likes of the iPhone and Android smartphones.
Momentum in the smartphone market has shifted in favor of Apple and Google, but BlackBerry maker Research In Motion hopes it can still reverse course before it's too late.
Despite all the hoopla about the new iPhone 4, Google Android phones outsold Apple's iPhones during the first six months of this year, according to market data released on Monday by the Nielsen Company.
Verizon Wireless smartphone customers use 25 percent more data than AT&T iPhone customers, thanks in large part to new Verizon's new Android smartphones, a recent study indicates.
Editor's note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com. She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age.
I can't tell you how many people I've talked to this summer who have told me that they had finally made their decision to get a new smartphone only to have their plans thwarted when they got to the store and their well-researched choice was unavailable.