What can we learn from smartphones

Smartphone and other computers

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A smartphone is a small computer and can do a lot more than a phone.
You can also say:
A smartphone has a lot more functions than a phone.
The functions are also called Apps.



App is an abbreviation for the word "application".
"Application" means "application".
Apps are programs for the smartphone.
Through apps, everyone can expand their smartphone with functions,
for example through games or MP3 players.
There are millions of different apps.
A smartphone with different symbols.
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The smartphone replaces many devices.
We explain that with Anna's daily routine.

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It's 6:30 a.m.
Anna's smartphone rings and wakes her.
Anna turns off the alarm and gets up.
The smartphone is like a Alarm clock.
That's why some people have
also no more alarm clock.
The smartphone replaces the alarm clock.
If you lose your smartphone on the way,
Maybe you don't have an alarm clock at home anymore.

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Anna makes breakfast and sits down at the table.
Anna reads while eating
the news on her smartphone.
The smartphone is like one newspaper.
That's why many newspapers
that used to only exist on paper,
today article on the internet,
that can be read on the smartphone.

There are also apps for reading digital books.
These digital books are called E-books.
When you read books on your smartphone
you don't have to take heavy books with you.
Some people also prefer paper books.

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At breakfast Anna gets
a message on your smartphone.
Her friend Tom wrote to her.
Tom asks if she'll be out this afternoon
want to meet for a coffee.
Anna calls Tom briefly to say
that she has time.
The smartphone is like a mobile,
with which you can make phone calls and write SMS.

Anna wants to take the bus to work today.
But she doesn't know when the bus will leave.
She takes her smartphone
and looks for the departure time of the bus.
The smartphone can be like a Timetable booklet be.

You can do other things with
look up the smartphone.
That's why there is today for example
fewer telephone books or timetable booklets
on paper than before.
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Anna is not sure
how to get to the bus stop.
The smartphone shows her the right way.
The smartphone is a navigation system.
To find a way
the smartphone needs a GPS receiver
and a map app.
With the GPS receiver and the map app
the smartphone finds out:
  • Where exactly is the smartphone located?
  • Where is the place I want to go or drive?
  • Where is the way to my goal?

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On the way to the bus stop, Anna sees a beautiful bike,
that she would like to buy.
She takes a picture of it with her smartphone.
The smartphone has one camera.
With the camera you can take pictures
or record videos.
To even in the dark
To be able to take pictures and videos,
smartphones have a flash.
The flash can also be used as a flashlight use.

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Anna is bored on the bus.
She takes out her headphones
and put it in her smartphone.
Anna is playing music on her smartphone.
The smartphone is like a CD player.
So you can listen to music on the go
and it's not boring anymore.
But maybe you talk less to people
whom one meets.
Or friends are out and about with each other
and look at their cell phones instead of talking to each other.

Lots Radio station have their own app.
Here you can listen to a radio program on your smartphone.

There are also Music appsthat offer a lot of songs.
You can hear songs by different artists there.

The apps don't cost any money.
But then you have to hear advertising between the songs.
So you pay for the app by listening to advertisements.
You can listen to the music without advertising,
but then you have to pay money every month.

Music services also collect a lot of data
about their users.

They use the knowledge about the users for advertising.
They make a lot of money from advertising.

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Anna receives an email from her boss.
She asks if Anna will be with the meeting later.
Anna answers her with her smartphone
and looks at the minutes of the last meeting.
The smartphone is a Pc.

So Anna always sees
what's going on at work.
She can answer quickly
and also work from home.

But Anna's boss can also reach her for this,
when Anna goes out to eat with Tom.
She doesn't really want to be disturbed by her boss.
Anna could then turn off the smartphone.
But then she can have a nice evening
do not take pictures with Tom.

You can also consider:
I want the emails from my boss
not even get on my smartphone?
So she can only be reached if she is working.
But then Anna doesn't get the information so quickly either.

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In the evening Anna might want to watch TV.
Lots TV channel have an app.
In the apps you can see the current TV program on your smartphone.
Individual TV shows also have apps.

For example, there are apps from news broadcasts.
So you can watch TV on your smartphone whenever and wherever you want.

You may not meet up with friends,
to watch and talk about your favorite TV series together.

You have a large selection -
but can also often be distracted.
There are also apps for watching films.

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Anna can also play with her smartphone.
For some Games you have to pay money.
Other games can be downloaded immediately,
without paying any money.
They usually contain advertising.
You pay by watching advertisements.

Sometimes while playing you are asked
whether you want to buy certain things.
These things can bring advantages to the game
and cost money.
This is also how the developers earn
and developers of the apps money.