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iPhone 6s And 7 Other Smartphones To Watch In 2015

We've already seen a wave of new smartphones hit the market in 2015. What's coming up for the rest of this year?
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Before you go shopping for a smartphone upgrade, make sure your newest purchase won't be old news within the next few months.

We're over halfway through 2015, and it has been a busy year for the mobile market. Smartphone giants like Samsung and HTC have already released new devices over the last few months, and we're looking forward to new gadgets from Apple (the iPhone 6s) and Microsoft (several Lumia devices) before the end of this year.

This year's devices are built to be slimmer, run faster, and last longer. We're seeing better cameras and new technologies like fingerprint scanners and Force Touch capabilities.

[iPhone 6S Casing Photos Show Few Changes]

Innovative features aren't the only changes making headlines in the mobile tech space. Device-makers continue to gain and lose market share as customers decide which smartphones are worth purchasing.

Market leaders Samsung and Apple have long competed to win over users with their Android and iOS platforms. Just recently, Samsung took away Apple's throne at the top of the US smartphone market. Apple had been leader in the space thanks to the massive success of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

In the three-month period that ended in May, Samsung managed to boost its market share to 64.9%. Apple was just under 35%, with both companies leaving makers like Microsoft and Blackberry in the dust.

Samsung's progress in the US was in thanks to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, both of which were released earlier this year. Other Android makers like HTC and Motorola struggled as shares fell, leaving room for competitors like Sony and Huawei to move ahead.

It's still early to tell which businesses will be on top by year's end. There is still plenty to come from mobile makers in 2015, and new devices could prove to shake up the industry. The coming months will bring new software (hello, Windows 10) and hardware (Google's Project Ara), and it'll be interesting to see how customers react.

Read on to learn more about what we can expect to see in new mobile devices throughout the rest of 2015. Which smartphones are you most excited to see and try? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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7/6/2015 | 3:08:01 PM
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Good point in saying the hardware will have to be extremely well-made. It's cool that Project Ara would essentially allow users to design their own devices, but it seems like they would be more fragile than regular smartphones. Dropping a regular smartphone might result in a screen crack; dropping one of these might leave your phone in multiple pieces.
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