IDC has said worldwide smartphone sales are expected to jump 23% in 2014 to more than 1.2 billion units, fuelled by growth of low-cost handsets in emerging markets, AFP has reported. The research firm also predicts smartphone sales to maintain an annual growth rate of 12.3% through 2018. Much of this growth will come from low-cost devices using the Android operating system, with Apple’s market share eroding, Microsoft Windows making modest gains and BlackBerry fading further, IDC said. “What makes smartphone growth so amazing is where the growth will be taking place,” said Ramon Llamas, an IDC analyst. “Smartphone shipments will more than double between now and 2018 within key emerging markets, including India, Indonesia and Russia. In addition, China will account for nearly a third of all smartphone shipments in 2018.”
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