From IDC highlight that “2017 turned out to be the year that we all knew eventually would come: when the volumes of smartphones finally experienced a contraction,”.

In 2017 it sold less than smartphone that in 2016. The world’s shipments fell 0.5 %, according to data from IDC.

The consultant emphasizes that it is the “first decline year-on-year that has experienced the market since the introduction of what we now know as smartphone “.

“2017 turned out to be the year that we all knew eventually would come: when the volumes of smartphone finally experienced a contraction,”, indicates Ryan Reith, vice president of program Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers at IDC. Reith says that the fact that “China alone fell almost 5% in 2017 was a major factor why the global volumes fell, but EMEA also decreased by 3.5% and the U.s. market was flat” he adds.

In total, were placed 1.460 million smartphones in the past year, the vast majority of Android phones or iPhone models.

Will you be descending the distributions this year? IDC believes that not. Expected to return to growth, albeit single-digit. It also predicts that 2022 you will end up sending 220 million units in 2017: 1.680 million.

By the way, in that 2022, 18% of the world shipments of smartphone should correspond with the terminals 5G.