Moscow, 14 Dec — “News. Economy” the Global smartphone market will show a drop of 3% in 2018, before returning to slight growth in the period from 2019 to 2022, predicts research firm IDC.

According to the study, Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, shipments will be reduced to 1.42 billion units, compared with 1.47 billion in 2017. For comparison: in 2017, shipments declined 0.3 percent to 1.47 billion devices.

Although the ongoing trade war between the United States and China complicates the situation in the industry, IDC analysts believe that the markets of developing countries, the potential of 5G and new form factors will bring the smartphone market to grow. So in 2019, growth will resume. The volumes will grow by 2.6% and by 2022 is reached 1.57 billion pieces.

The Chinese market is the largest on the planet, accounting for about one third of all sold devices in the world. For 2018, according to IDC, showed signs of recovery, although in the end, in percentage terms, his fall will be even more impressive than in 2017 to 8.8%. However, in 2019 delivery stabiliziruemost on it, and then proceed to moderate ascent up to 2022. Will return a positive trend in the USA, where the next year will be marked by the growth of 2.1%.

Experts say the popularity of devices with large screens. This year, models with a screen size of 5.5 inches or more will be shipped 947,1 million units, which corresponds to 66.7% of the market. In 2017, the year they were released 623,3 million units, which corresponded to 42.5% of the market. By 2022 the supply of smartphones with large screens reached 1.38 billion pieces that will fit 87.7% of all shipments.

[PICTURE] [/PICTURE] This will have a positive impact on redistribution of market shares between the Apple products and smartphones on the Android OS. In 2018, Apple managed to increase its profit due to the increase in the average cost of vehicles sold, but in quantity terms the decline amounted to 2.5%. Forecast up to 2022, says that in the future the situation will not change.

The Android operating system will continue to slowly increase their share among mobile software platforms at an average rate of growth of volumes of supply of approximately 1.7% per year. Average annual growth rate of the segment of iOS smartphones will be 0.1%. Thus, in 2022, shipments of Android devices reached 1.36 billion, on iOS 217.3 million
IDC noted that will continue to grow and the average cost of smartphones. The reason is called the appreciation of accessories. For 2018, the average price of smartphones has increased from $235 to $258, almost 10%. In the next four years, such rapid growth rates will not be, but gradually these devices will go up.

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