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The Apple iPhone 6 at a Beijing Apple Store.

Xiaomi phones still hot in China, but Apple catching up

Xiaomi led China's smartphone market as its biggest vendor for the third straight quarter, but Apple is closing in.

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Will leather and a cool camera win the smartphone war for LG?

The LG G4 Android smartphone has a number of upgrades, but the company is emphasizing both its high-end camera technology and the elegance of a leather case. Is this enough to push LG ahead of competitors such as Samsung?

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Hands on: 24 hours with the LG G4

LG's latest flagship Android phone is turning lots of heads -- and after spending 24 hours with the device, it's easy to see why.

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Samsung regains No. 1 position in smartphone market

Samsung Electronics regained the top position in the smartphone market in the first quarter, but its market share slipped to 24%

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LG bets on battery life over performance with new G4 smartphone

LG Electronics is giving its latest flagship smartphone, the leather-covered G4, a big removable battery and a power-efficient processor, hoping a long battery life will help it stand out among tough competitors.

Samsung profits drop in wake of iPhone 6 rollout

Samsung Electronics recorded its sixth straight quarterly decline in profits in the first three months of 2015.

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Expect more Cyanogen phones from Chinese vendors

Cyanogen, the maker of an Android-based operating system, is hoping it can expand with the help of Chinese handset vendors with global ambitions.

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Xiaomi tries to curb 'hungry marketing' of its phones, amid complaints

Targeting sales of 80 million phones this year, Xiaomi is planning to end "flash sales" of small quantities of its best-selling products.

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Update: Growth in China, iPhone 6 push Apple to another record quarter

Apple reported its second straight quarter of record results as demand for the new iPhone 6 surged and China became Apple's second most important market after the U.S.

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LG out to prove the G3 wasn't a fluke with new flagship smartphone

The success of LG Electronics' G3 has put the company under pressure to dazzle the market with the G4, set to debut Tuesday.

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OneTouch Idol 3 review: How good can a $250 smartphone be?

With its biometric eye-scanning and reversible body, Alcatel's OneTouch Idol 3 is definitely not your typical budget-level device.

Microsoft hints at impending write-off of Nokia acquisition that could total billions

Microsoft has signaled that it may take a massive write-off of its 2013 Nokia acquisition, perhaps as early as July.

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Nokia decidedly, definitely, emphatically denies a return to mobiles (FOR NOW)

Disregard it all, so sayeth Nokia. Disregard any report, rumor, blog post, forum thread, random headline, palm reading, or star charts claiming...

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Xiaomi Mi 4i combines impressive specs with a $200 price tag

Xiaomi is hoping the well-equipped Mi 4i will help the company grab a larger smartphone market share, but it's still holding off entering the U.S. and Europe.

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Samsung confirms screen-rotation problem with some Galaxy S6 Edge phones

Samsung acknowledged late Tuesday a screen rotation problem on a "very limited" number of Galaxy S6 Edge devices, which went on sale April 10.

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How I use Android: Open source superstar Jean-Baptiste Quéru (JBQ)

The former lead of Google's Android Open Source Project opens up about what apps and devices he adores and how his personal home screen setup helps him stay productive.

Qualcomm plans to fast-track Snapdragon 820 with help from Samsung

A plan by Qualcomm to get Samsung Electronics to make its Snapdragon 820 chip could lead to faster smartphones, offering longer battery life by early next year.

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Samsung expects 70M Galaxy S6 and Edge phones to be sold

Samsung says the first week of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sales was "impressive" and predicted overall sales for both devices will pass 70 million globally.

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