IDC estimates over 1 billion 4G smartphones sold by end of 2016

IDC estimates over 1 billion 4G smartphones sold by end of 2016
IDC estimates over 1 billion 4G smartphones sold by end of 2016
4G LTE smartphone sales are finally crossing the 1 billion mark this year due in part to rising demand in Asia-Pacific territories and lower entry-level prices.
Allen Ngo,

Thanks to falling retail prices and wider availability, smartphones supporting 4G LTE connectivity are now selling at faster rates. According to market analysts from IDC, 4G LTE-capable smartphones are expected to grow 21.3 percent YoY to 1.17 billion units from 967 million in 2015. In total, worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.45 billion units for a YoY increase of 0.6 percent.

The growth in 4G LTE smartphones can also be attributed to growing demand in emerging markets including certain Asian-Pacific regions. In India, for example, certain local network providers like Reliance Jio are offering deals on inexpensive 4G smartphones and have been reporting extremely swift sales ever since.

Google Android continues to be the dominant operating system for smartphones with more than 1.2 billion Android devices expected to sell in this year alone. This corresponds to a market share of 85 percent compared to 14.3 percent from Apple's iOS or approximately 206.1 million iPhone devices. Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform is but a footnote at just 0.4 percent of the market share.

Chinese smartphone manufacturers have expressed interest in expanding their products overseas to avoid stagnating sales in their own home region.


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Allen Ngo, 2016-12- 2 (Update: 2016-12- 2)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.