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IDC: Smartphone shipments up 6.9% in Q4 2016, Apple overtakes Samsung for first place - VentureBeat

Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 428.5 million smartphones worldwide last quarter. This figure is up 6.9 percent from the 400.7 million units in Q4 2016. Last year consisted of two flat quarters in a row, followed by one quarter of slight growth ...and more »

Apple is destroying Samsung where it really matters - BGR

There's no end in sight to the war between Apple and Samsung. In all likelihood, competition between the two will be healthier than ever this year, thanks to a resurgent iPhone 8 and a non-explosive Galaxy Note 8. But even though neither company is ...and more »

New iPhone 8 Leaks Reveal Apple's Boring Breakthrough - Forbes

This year's flagship smartphone from Apple is expected to introduce a number of new technologies into the handset. The 10th anniversary iPhone model will likely see a new design and new features announced in September. The biggest visual change will be ...and more »

One of the original signature features in Android phones is all but dead - Business Insider

A picture that supposedly shows the LG G6 was leaked to Business Insider on Thursday, and it seemingly reinforces the rumors that LG will ditch the removable battery as a feature. Removable batteries were a signature feature on Android smartphones that ...and more »

Here's what iPhone sales have been each year since the first model came out - Business Insider

The iPhone 7, all told, is an incremental upgrade. After a year of fading sales, the common wisdom going into Apple's earnings report this week was that the company hadn't done enough to trigger a turnaround. It was something of a surprise, then, when ...and more »

Across the globe, a golden year for China's smartphone brands - Tech in Asia

China's smartphone makers had a bumper 2016, luring in more buyers around the world than ever before. In the ultra-competitive global smartphone market, three Chinese brands made up the top five, collectively shipping 316 million devices amid a global ...and more »

iPhone 7 sales helped Apple reclaim the top spot in the global smartphone market - TechCrunch

iPhone 7 sales put Apple back on top as the world's top smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics, which attributed at least some of the growth to Apple's ability to capitalize on Samsung's recent ...and more »

8 Reasons iPhone Users Should Be Excited About the Galaxy S8 - Thrillist

Samsung's had a rough time of it lately. Its Galaxy Note7 was plagued by a couple violently explosive battery issues that not only got it banned from airplanes and warranted two separate recalls, but resulted in the company eventually discontinuing its ...and more »

Apple's Q1 iPhone numbers knock Samsung out of first place in global marketshare - AppleInsider (press release) (blog)

Apple's record iPhone sales during the December quarter allowed it edge ahead of Samsung and once again become the world's top smartphone vendor, though not for whole of 2016, according to new research data. Apple's 78.3 million iPhones gave it a 17.8 ...and more »

Smartphone sales rose in 2016, tablet shipments lower - RTE.ie

Smartphone sales increased last year, but tablet shipments dropped significantly. That is according to the latest data from tech research firm, IDC, which found overall the number of smartphones sold in 2016 was only up 2.3% compared to the previous ...and more »