Worldwide smartphone sales are at the slowest growth rate since 2013, according to research firm Gartner.

The research organisation has stated that this decrease was due to a dip in sales from China, which is the world’s biggest smartphone market.

smartphone“China is the biggest country for smartphone sales, representing 30 per cent of total sales of smartphones in the second quarter of 2015. Its poor performance negatively affected the performance of the mobile phone market in the second quarter,” said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner.

Samsung’s sales were 49% lower, despite the launch of its Galaxy S6, however, Apple sales rose 68% respectively.

“Samsung is down significantly, not just in China, but in other markets as well. And the Chinese players have taken a significant lead in their home market.” Commented Anshul.

“The smartphone market in China has been slowing down for several quarters and a lot of the low-hanging fruit has been picked,” the firm’s executive director of Strategy Analytics Neil Mawston, told the BBC. “Most people in major cities like Beijing already own a smartphone, and the penetration of smartphones across the general population is approaching 50% or more, which is a relatively high rate” he continued.

 

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