For the first time, the number of apps in the Apple App Store declined this year

The App Store’s total number of apps declined for the first time this year as Apple stepped up its effort to remove old apps that did not comply with newer iPhones and apps that did not meet the company’s recent review guidelines. Additionally, apps that do not support 64-bit architecture that is now ubiquitous across iPhones, were also removed.

This brought the total number of apps on the App Store to 2.1 million, down from 2.2 million in 2016.
In comparison, the Google Play Store with Android apps now has a catalog of some 3.5 million …

HTC 's January revenues declined 27% year-over-year

HTC continued its free fall in January as the company reported a 15% decline in revenue sequentially (from December 2017), and a 27% decline year-over-year (from January 2017). Even though the HTC U11 was arguably the manufacturer’s best flagship in years, the company once again failed to gain any traction against Samsung and the Chinese Android manufacturers who have overtaken HTC over the last few years.

One might argue that HTC peaked with 2010’s EVO 4G, which we gave a 9.5 out of 10 with our review back in 2010. And even though the HTC One (M7) and HTC One (M8) impressed many with its …

Chinese smartphone shipments declined in 2017 for the first time ever

No, 2017 was not a good year for smartphone shipments into China. According to research firm Canalys, for all of last year such deliveries declined 4% from 2016’s figure to hit 459 million units. That is the first time ever that the country experienced a year-over-year decline in shipments of intelligent handsets. Had the last three months of last year turned out differently, the growth streak might have continued. From October through December of 2017, just shy of 113 million phones made their way into China. That was a 14% decline from Q4 2016.

Huawei remained on top of the Chinese market …