The International Data Corporation IDC expects that we ll see a substantial slowdown in shipments this year, with 2016 possibly ending up at around only 3.1-percent.
Per IDC s research, certain markets have seen changes in smartphone buying behavior, particularly the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, and China.
In regions where phones sales are largely spurred by carriers, there s a big transition from two-year contracts to monthly device payments taking place.
IDC anticipates that we'll see continued efforts on the part of companies and carriers to keep the smartphone life cycle at about two years despite the transition from two-year contracts.
Things helping ensure relatively regular phone upgrades including early trade-in programs and lower-cost unlocked handsets.
If the report is correct, 2016 will be kinder to Android phone makers than to Apple, the latter of which is expected to see a 2-percent year-on-year drop in shipments.