Gartner: Apple smartphone sales recorded first year-on-year decline during Q42015

Gartner announced that global smartphone sales growth in the fourth quarter of 2015 was the slowest since 2008. The research company said 403 million units were sold to end-users in the final three months of 2015, an increase of 9.7 per cent on the same period of 2015. Samsung and Huawei were the only vendors to record annual increases in sales to end users in Q42015, while Apple saw its shipments fall year-on-year for the first time. Full year global sales to end users hit 1.4 billion units, an increase of 14.4 per cent on 2014, with sales fuelled by low-cost devices in emerging markets and strong demand for premium models. Report