Worldwide sales of smartphones recorded the worst decline in 2018, a the outlook for 2019 is not much better, according to a new market survey.
Phone Numbers mobile phones sold worldwide declined by 4.1% in 2018, to a total of 1,400 million units, according to research firm IDC, which sees the potential for further decline this year.
"The smartphone is currently a disaster around the world"IDC analyst Ryan Reith said.
"Of a handful of high growth sales India, Indonesia, South Korea, and Vietnam, we did not see very positive activity in 2018. "
Reith said that customers are waiting for a long time to exchange their phones, frustrated by the high cost of premium equipment and political and economic uncertainty.
The Chinese market, which accounts for about 30% of smartphone sales, has been hit by a 10% drop, according to the IDC, which was released on Wednesday.
IDC has introduced the top five Smartphone makers are becoming stronger and now account for 69% of global sales, compared to 63% a year ago.
Samsung remained the market leader in phones with a market share of 20.8%, despite a decline in sales of 8% per year, IDC said.
IDC said sales of smartphones in the fourth quarter fell by 4.9%, the fifth quarter of decline.