According to analyst Trendforce, smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2014 will be lower than the sales seen during Q4 2013. This will be the first time in over two years that sales have decreased sequentially after a quarter. This is believed to be an indication of the maturing customers who find it logical to buy smartphones during the end of the year rather than at the beginning of the year.
However, upcoming months are predicted to have resurgent growth, as has been the case from the past several years now. Samsung and Apple will continue to rule the roost reportedly, with the likes of Sony and LG making some progress as well. Sony has done exceptionally well in its home region of Japan while LG’s Nexus devices have done fairly well all over the world, so further growth is expected.
With Samsung and LG launching flagships soon, it’s imperative that the smartphone sales will increase exponentially in Q2 and Q3. The fall in sales during Q1 is not a major concern as there aren’t a lot of smartphones launching in January, although that could change by March as plenty of devices are expected to be unveiled in late February during the MWC event.