February 13, 2014
Smartphone Shipments in China Decline
China’s smartphone market may be the world’s largest, but the country posted its first decrease in shipments in more than two years during the final three months of last year. [via TheNextWeb]
That’s according to a new report from IDC, which claims 90.8 million smartphones were shipped during Q4 2013, down 4 percent from 94.8 million in the previous quarter. That’s notable because shipment numbers in China have surged thanks to nine successive quarters of growth.
Before we start proclaiming that China’s smartphone revolution has peaked, it’s important to bear in mind a few caveats. China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, recently switched on its 4G network. Compatible devices are not expected to arrive until early 2014, so the launch of the 4G network may have affected shipments numbers during the final stages of 2013.
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