Juniper Research: Growth in global smartphone shipments continues to slow

Global smartphone shipments reached 286 million in the first quarter of 2014, representing 34 per cent growth year on year, but just 1 per cent growth on a sequential basis. According to latest estimates from Juniper Research, this slowing growth is expected to continue in the second quarter of 2014 due to an extremely limited opportunity for growth in developed markets. Conversely, in emerging markets where smartphone adoption is currently limited, growth will be fuelled by the continuing fall in retail prices for entry-level smartphones. In the first quarter, Samsung accounted for 30 per cent of all smartphone shipments globally, with an estimated 85 million shipments during the quarter. While the company's market share remained broadly flat on the previous quarter, this represented a record first quarter for Samsung with annual growth in shipments of 25 per cent. Release