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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 »

Here's Apple's challenge in India - Chicago Tribune

In India, for the price of the latest iPhone, you could eat breakfast, lunch and dinner for an entire year, and still have a bit of cash to spare. Needless to say, at about 70,000 rupees ($1,030) for a mid-range model, the iPhone 7 is a luxury item in ...and more »

Samsung Electronics Dethroned in Global Smartphone Market in 5 Years - BusinessKorea

Samsung Electronics was dethroned in the smartphone market in five years. There are concerns that Korean smartphone makers have been sandwiched between Apple and Chinese makers such as Apple and Huawei, Oppo and Vivo as the Korean ...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 »

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 missteps.and more »

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 »

The iPhone is mightier than the Galaxy -- Apple overtakes Samsung in smartphone shipments - BetaNews

Apple edged Samsung to take the top spot in the smartphone market in the final quarter of 2016, thanks to very strong iPhone shipments. The Cupertino, Calif.-based vendor moved 78.3 million units, having a share of 17.8 percent, while its South Korean ...and more »

Apple's iPhone loses sales crown to Oppo's R9 in China in 2016 - China Daily

Apple Inc's iPhone last year lost the title of the best-selling smartphone in China for the first time in four years, highlighting the mounting challenges it faces from local smartphone vendors, a new report said. The decline is in line with the US ...and more »