Smartphone sales grew last year despite historic quarterly decline

The fourth quarter of 2017 saw a decline in smartphone sales globally — the first year-on-year decline since Gartner started tracking the global smartphone market in 2004 — but the full-year result was one of growth.

Indeed, smartphone sales in Australia grew by 11 per cent to 9.2 million units in 2017, a recent Telsyte study showed.

The Telsyte Australian Smartphone and Wearable Devices Market Study 2018 revealed strong growth driven by an Android replacement cycle.

Second, replacement smartphone users are choosing quality models and keeping them longer, lengthening the replacement cycle of smartphones,” Gupta said.

Worldwide sales, however, increased by 2.7 per cent during the entirety of 2017, totaling more than 1.5 billion units.

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