According to estimates of IDC, this year smartphone shipments of 4G will exceed 1 billion units
Experts of the analytical company IDC estimates that this year global smartphone shipments reach 1.45 billion units. This is only 0.6% more than last year. Note that in the past year, an increase of 10.4%.
Slowing of market growth overall, accompanied by a rapid increase in the supply of models with network support 4G. Analysts expect that it will amount to 21.3 percent. In absolute terms, this corresponds to an increase of supply from 967 million 4G devices to 1.17 billion In Mature markets, which experts IDC include the US, Canada, Japan and Western European countries, the share of models with support for 4G for the year increased from 85% to 94%. In fast-growing markets, including Eastern Europe, is expected to increase the share of models with support for 4G from 61% last year to 77% this year.
At the same time IDC predicted distribution of the market between mobile OS. In their opinion, Android’s share will increase from 85.0% yoy in 2016, up to 85.6% in 2020. During this time, the share of iOS will be reduced from 14.3% to 14.2%, while the share of Windows Phone — from 0.4% to 0.1%.