Will every mobile phone become a smartphone?

Mark your calendars, everyone: February 2012 may mark a turning point in the high-tech lexicon and how you refer to that mobile communications that probably sleeps under your pillow or on your nightstand.

That’s because research firm Nielsen is reporting that the month marked a turning point in terms of smartphone adoption, versus that of what we’ve been called mobile “feature” phones.

Almost 50 percent of all mobile phones users are now using smartphones, almost exactly the same number of people who own feature phones.

In case you’re wondering what the difference is and what makes a fun “dumb,” it mainly comes down to two things: first, the price (smartphones usually have higher price tags) and second, the extent to which the phone can be updated and improved through updates to the operating system used to run it.

Speaking of which, Android is the leading operating system for smartphones in the United States with 48 percent of the smartphone owners; the Apple iPhone operating system accounts for another 32.1 percent.

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