Smartphone sales slow worldwide

ANDROIDSales of smartphones across the world have slowed down as the market becomes more saturated.

According to data from Gartner, sales in the second quarter showned the slowest growth since 2013, with 330 million units shipping. That’s up 13.5 percent from the same quarter in 2013.

Where growth has come, its for low cost 3G and 4G smartphones in emerging markets. Smartphone sales in China, however, fell by four percent in the quarter for the first time ever.

Gartner said the Chinese market is now driven by replacement.

Apple’s iPhones continue to challenge Samsung top end phones, with the Korean giant showing a decline of 4.3 percent in market share and 5.3 percent in unit sales.

Huawei surged by 463 percent, while iPhone sales grew by 36 percent in the quarter.

Price wars continue as vendors gear up for new models planned in the second half of this year.

On the operating system front, Android remained the number one driver, but saw its growth fall, followed by Apple’s iOS. Microsoft struggled to sell Windows phones.