How China May Make Apple and Samsung Smartphones a Tougher Sell

Customers try Apple products, including the iPhone, at the company's store in Beijing on March 12, 2013. Apple's Wangfujing store is the largest in Asia. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

In the quest to topple Samsung and Apple in China, local phone makers appear to have a powerful friend in the Chinese government. Several moves over the last year are helping to propel Chinese hardware companies at the expense of foreign giants.

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