Global smart phone sales accounted for the worst fall in 2018, i the odds for 2019 are not much better, according to a new market research.
Phone numbers Cell phones sold worldwide fell by 4.1% in 2018 according to IDC research, which this year sees the potential for further downsizing.
"Worldwide, smart phone market is currently a disaster"IDC analyst Ryan Reith said.
"From a few high markets like India, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam, 2018, we have not seen much positive activity. "
Reith said the market is affecting consumers longing to replace their phones, frustrated by the high cost of premium devices and political and economic uncertainty.
The Chinese market, which accounts for about 30% of smartphone sales, is particularly hit by 10% drop, according to IDC's analysis, which was released on Wednesday.
IDC has listed the top five Smartphone manufacturers have become stronger and now account for 69% of global sales, compared to 63% a year ago.
Samsung remained the leading phone maker with a market share of 20.8%, despite a drop in sales of eight percent a year, according to IDC.
IDC said sales of smartphones in the fourth quarter fell by 4.9%, which is the fifth consecutive quarter falling.