The world smartphone market continues to decline for three years in a row. At least that’s the latest report from IDC market researchers.
IDC predicts that until the end of 2019, smartphone sales will drop by 2.2 percent. In the rest of this year, IDC estimates that the smartphone market will only contract 0.4 percent.
“Aggressive promotions and offers made in the second half of 2019 will help distributor channels to clean up the remaining products and make consumers look forward to the next wave of new smartphone technology,” explained Sangeetika Srivastava, IDC senior analyst.
The decline in smartphone shipments is thought to be due to the length of device replacement by consumers and its external factor is the US-China trade war that affected the global economy.
One of the new technologies referred to by Srivastava is 5G connectivity, which has started to be present in smartphones. Several countries are ready to roll out 5G networks, such as the United Kingdom, South Korea, and the US.
A number of vendors have also introduced 5G flagships such as Samsung and Huawei. IDC predicts smartphone shipments by 2020 will grow 8.9 percent and rise to 28.1 percent in 2023.
Is 5G will become the smartphone market savior
“To clarify, 5G is not a savior of smartphone shipments, but we can see 5G as an important evolution in mobile technology,” Srivastava explained, summarized by Tech Radar on Thursday (12/09/2019).
He added 5G technology would be a blessing for Android mobile phone vendors. Smartphone market share is predicted to increase from 85.1 percent to 87 percent with a total of 1.2 million billion shipments.
On the other hand, Apple will go the extra mile because it lags behind the 5G trend. The iPhone market share is expected to decline by 13 percent, equivalent to 178 million units. Apple is likely to only produce iPhone 5G after 2020.