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Smartphone market sales are falling

The most recent data from Thailand has shown a new phase of decline has begun.

At a time in which political unrest is starting to take away from consumer confidence and is leading them to spend less, the smartphone market is starting to feel the pinch for the first time.

Recent figures have begun showing that the decline in the sales of these mobile devices is not a small one.

The Thailand Mobile Expo 2014 was just held in the country, running until the end of the weekend. Although many attended this largest exhibition of mobile phones, gadgets, and other tech devices at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, and it appeared to be just as booming as always, this was occurring within a smartphone market that is rapidly slowing in its sales.

This is the first time in four years that the smartphone market in the country has seen a sales decline.

Also contributing to the shrinking of the sales in this mobile device market is that many consumers have already purchased the technology and have yet to find a reason to want to upgrade to a massive degree. This is indicating that the country may have entered into a longer replacement cycle that is now considerable enough to actually affect the sales within that ecosystem.Smartphone Market Sales Drop

This year’s event was the largest one yet, despite the fact that the organizer of the exhibition, Thailand Mobile Expo, M Vision Co, downgraded its sales projections by a tremendous 20 percent, to bring it to 1.2 billion baht (local currency).

That company isn’t the only one to revise its figures in a downward direction. Global research firm, IDC Thailand, has also done so, but in their case, they have reduced their sales projections by 25 to 30 percent growth, this year. This is a reduction from having previously predicted that there would be a growth rate of 35 to 40 percent, as they had expected that there would be a 14 million unit sales volume.

Senior analyst for client devices at IDC, Jarit Sidhu, explained that the slowing growth rate in the smartphone market is primarily due to low customer confidence and sentiment in an environment of political instability.

Technology news reports show Android leads the Chinese smartphone market

The share of the mobile marketplace in the country has now reached above the halfway point.

According to the latest technology news, Android has now broken the halfway mark and represents over 50 percent of the smartphones that are used within the Chinese mobile market space.

Google’s mobile operating system is moving ahead of the competition in leaps and bounds.

This data was announced in a technology news report by the Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, which discussed the size and strength of Android within the massive market in China. The report showed that by the end of March, this year, Android had a 51.4 percent controlling share over the Chinese mobile marketplace.

This technology news continued to surprise because iOS held only the third place in the Chinese market.

Technology News - China Mobile MarketplaceSecond place, behind Android, was Symbian. Apple’s devices make up only 19.9 percent of the Chinese mobile market, while Symbian is a notable but not enormous step above at 23 percent. That said, while this shows that Symbian has fallen by 2 percent in its own market share, iOS has maintained about the same strength. This suggests that Apple isn’t necessarily advancing as much as Android is taking on some of Symbian’s former market share.

Should similar technology news trends continue to occur, it does look as though Symbian will be losing its spot in second place within the next 2 quarters, at which time it is likely that Apple will be gaining that position. Again, this doesn’t mean that iOS is necessarily moving up in the size of its market share, but rather shows that Symbian is losing ground and that Android is gaining. This means that the gap between the leader in the Chinese mobile market and the second place operating system will continue to grow.

Smartphone penetration in the country also made technology news headlines, though not quite as dramatic as Android. Last quarter the penetration increased to 42 percent. The director of consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Craig Yu, said that “Feature phones are losing their price advantage as Android smartphones are rapidly becoming more affordable and delivering better value.” He added that “We expect to see accelerated smartphone adoption in China in the coming months.”