TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A slowdown in smartphone sales in China is cooling the global market for the devices, said research from IDC on Tuesday.
Market researchers said global smartphone sales will show a rise of 11.3 percent in 2015, following a strong growth in 2014 to 27.6 percent, the AFP said.
IDC said the overall market is still moving forward thanks to growth in other countries and sales is estimated to rise to 1.9 billion units in 2019 from a projected 1.44 billion units this year.
"Smartphone volume still has a lot of opportunity in the years to come, but two fundamental segments driving recent years' growth are starting to slow," said analyst Ryan Reith.
“As reported earlier in May, smartphone shipments in China actually declined year over year in the first quarter of 2015, showing that the largest market in the world has reached a level of maturity where rapid growth will be harder to achieve."
Reith said China has become Android’s key driver, contributing 36 percent of the total volume in 2014.
Android growth, the free operating system from Google, will be only around 8.5 percent this year because of the China slowdown, according to IDC.
A forecast showed Android will likely remain dominant this year with 79.4 percent of the market, while Apple's iOS boosts its share to 16.4 percent.
Windows Phone, the mobile system from Microsoft, may likely grab 3.2 percent market share as unit sales is up by around 46.8 million, said IDC.