Gartner: Smartphone sales growth to hit new low this year
Gartner blames the lower growth on flat sales numbers in important regions like North America and China. Last year, Gartner reported that global smartphone sales rose 14.4% to 1.4 billion units. Including non-smartphones, there will be 1.9 billion mobile phones rung up in 2016, a 1.4% gain for the year.
The research firm says that in North America, consumers are less likely to upgrade to a new phone thanks to a combination of incremental updates and more complex deals from carriers. In emerging Asian/Pacific markets, 150 million people will delay updating from a feature phone to a smartphone, because of a dearth of functional low-end smartphones selling at a good price.
source: Gartner via Reuters