Smartphone decline confirmed

smartphoneLast week, market research company Gartner said that there’s a general slow down in sales of smartphones worldwide.

And this week, rival research firm IDC has confirmed that trend.

IDC said that smartphone shipments will grow by 10.4 percent this year to 1.44 bilion units, lower than its previous forecast of 11.3 percent.

The reason is that China, like the USA and Western Europe, is entering a mature phase where replacement will be the norm. Nevertheless, average selling prices are falling and shipments will hit 1.9 billion units by 2019.

Last year, said IDC, China accounted for 32.3 percent of all new smartphone shipments and it will continue to be the biggest market for volumes.

But IDC predicts that its share will drop to 23.1 percent in 2019 while India will continue to grow.

India has now more potential for growth than other markets.

Here’s how IDC sees the smartphone market by operating systems, with Android phones dwarfing the others.

IDC market share smartphones