Smartphone sales posted their first-ever decline in Q4 of last year

Smartphones sales recorded their first decline ever, while 'dumbphones' are on the rise...

February 28, 2018

According to tech research firm Gartner, smartphone sales dropped 5.6% (to 408m units) in Q4 of 2017 from the year prior — the first-ever slide for the popular human plaything.

Samsung kept their place as king of the cell, even as their sales fell 3.6%, with Apple right behind reporting a 5% drop (in large part due to the consumer revolt against the pricey new iPhone X).

Why is this happening?

Gartner analysts attribute the sales drop to 2 main factors: One of them is the growing reluctance of “feature phone” users (think the Motorola Razr) to upgrade to smartphones due to a lack of cheap, quality smartphones.

Meanwhile, existing smartphone owners are keeping their current models longer — despite Apple admitting their software updates gradually make your phone slower.

Dumbphones on the rise

In Africa, “feature phones,” AKA dumbphones, have made a substantial comeback — In 2017, their market share rose to 61%, up from 55.4% the year earlier, while smartphone market share fell to 39%, according to the IDC.

They’ve also slowly made their way back to the West, with “nostalgiaphiles” showing a new excitement for smaller, simpler technology like the days of paying 10 cents per text — where our Snake fans at??

Last year, Nokia even revamped their iconic 3310 model at Mobile World Congress, more than a decade after its demise.

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