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The Apple iPhone 6 at a Beijing Apple Store.

Android stutters while iOS shines in Q1

A slowing sales growth along with up and coming vendors that want their own user interfaces should worry Google.

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WWDC 2015: Everything we think we know about iOS 9

WWDC 2015 begins June 8 and customers, developers, competitors, analysts and Apple employees can’t wait for news.

Radio signals can be used to boost cell-phone battery life

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed circuitry that converts radio signals from a handset into energy that can be fed back to the device's battery.

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China, Android to be hardest hit in coming smartphone slump

The growth in smartphone shipments will decline through 2019, hitting Android phones and the Chinese market especially hard, according to research firm IDC.

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Sony's Xperia Z4 renamed Z3+ outside Japan, goes on sale in June

Sony's new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z4, will be called the Xperia Z3+ when it goes on sale outside Japan in June. The phone has a sleeker design, faster processor and better front camera than the Z3 it replaces.

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BlackBerry to cut staff in smartphone unit

BlackBerry plans to lay off an unspecified number of staff in its devices unit

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ARM CEO sees fierce smartphone rivalry driving faster chip development

Heated competition in the smartphone and tablet markets has pushed chip makers to speed up the pace at which they release new processors, ARM CEO Simon Segars said this week.

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LTE smartphones are becoming faster and cheaper

Speedy connections in high-end smartphones won't work without matching network coverage, but cheaper phones may encourage carriers to invest.

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Asus packs 64GB of storage in $299 ZenFone 2

Asus isn't a household name for smartphones in the U.S., but the company is trying to make a strong statement with the Zenfone 2, which packs more storage than similarly priced competitors.

ARM making rapid progress on next high-end chip

ARM is in the advanced stages of development with its next high-end processor, which will succeed the Cortex-A72 and could reach smartphone and tablet makers by the end of next year, a chip said this week.

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Slammed by phone rivals, Sharp looks to in-car displays

Struggling display manufacturer Sharp will push automakers to incorporate vehicle dashboards that use gestural commands, thin bezels and other next-generation features.

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Smartphones from Xiaomi, Micromax pressure established manufacturers

Smartphone manufacturers Micromax in India and Xiaomi in China have given the low-end segment a shake up with their latest products, and even if the devices don't go on sale around the world, their launches will likely be felt...

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MediaTek unveils 10-core chip that promises better battery life

Not satisfied with offering eight-core chips, Taiwan's MediaTek has unveiled a mobile processor with 10 cores.

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Chinese smartphone market shows rare decline

First quarter smartphone shipments in China dropped by 4% year over year, according to research firm IDC.

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Once fighting for the low end, Chinese smartphone vendors focus on pricier products

This week when ZTE launched its latest phone, the Z9, the Chinese company wasn't embarrassed to reveal its high price.

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How good is the LG G4 camera? A real-world evaluation

LG has been making big promises about the camera its new G4 smartphone. We ran it through some tests to see if it delivers.

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Lyft teams up with Verizon for an edge against Uber

Lyft hopes to better compete against rival Uber through a partnership with Verizon Wireless.

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ZTE's bezel-less phone tosses away black border for more touchscreen function

China's ZTE unveiled the Nubia brand Z9, a product that comes without the black border found on many smartphone screens.

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