The global smartphone market declined for the first time as major countries like China continue to mature, according to a report.
Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2016 to hit 335 million units, according to a Strategy Analytics report on Wednesday.
A number of other research firms also came out with their own numbers which weren't as grim but still showed no growth in smartphones sales. According to IDC, vendors shipped a total of 334.9 million smartphones in the first quarter, a 0.2 percent year-on-year rise. In the fourth quarter of 2015 smartphone sales were 5.7 percent up on the same period in 2014. Meanwhile, Counterpoint said growth was flat.
"Smartphone growth is slowing due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets like China and consumer caution about the future of the world economy," Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics, said in a press release.