New smartphone platforms expected to see sales increase in 2015
According to Gartner, featurephone shipments accounted for 38% of total handset shipments in the third quarter of 2014. The researcher sees that figure dropping to 10% by 2018. As the price gap between featurephones and smartphones narrows, those replacing a well-worn featurephone are now more apt to make the switch to a low priced smartphone.
Google's Android One models for the first half of 2015 are expected to be produced by HTC, Asus, Acer and Lenovo. These phones should feature processors produced by MediaTek and Qualcomm. Samsung's Tizen powered Samsung Z1 is expected to be launched in India on January 18th. Mozilla and its partners have banded together to produce 14 FirefoxOS models in 30 countries. Some models are priced under $30 USD.