A smartphone refers to a cellphone that combines the functions of a regular cellphone with features of a computer.
Smartphones thus not only allow phone conversations and text messaging. They can also be used to take pictures and videos, to surf the web and play music and videos - to name just a few examples. Modern smartphones can be operated by touching the phone's screen.
More than 39 million Kenyans have a smartphone, and social media are an important source for their daily news. But it's also a place where lots of hate speech, fake news and propaganda is spread, which often ignites controversies and ethnic conflicts. A new cyber crime law now also criminalizes spreading of digital hate speech. Critics fear it could also silence critical voices.