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Once wildly popular, Samsung ends China phone production

Retreat bodes ill for turnaround of its smartphone operations

A Samsung store in Guangzhou, China. Its smartphones were once trendy in China but have since given way to local brands. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

SEOUL/GUANGZHOU -- Samsung Electronics' move to end smartphone production in China underscores a precipitous fall from grace in the world's largest market.

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