Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow In 2015, As China Reaches Saturation


TechCrunch

The writing hasbeen on the wall for some time, but analysts at IDC are again confirming today that the worldwide smartphone market will continue to see its overall growth slow in 2015. The firm says that global smartphone shipments will grow just 11.3 percent this year, down from 27.6 percent the year prior. The changes are attributed, in part, to the Chinese smartphone market reaching saturation, which will make 2015 the first year that China’s smartphone growth (2.5 percent) will be slower than the worldwide market.

China’s slowdown will also impact Android’s growth, IDC says, as the Google-developed mobile platform is also expected to see slower growth than the worldwide market at 8.5 percent in 2015.

The figures are in line with smartphone shipment reports IDC released earlier this year, which had predicted 11.8 percent worldwide growth in 2015.

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