Smartphone shipments are set to fall for the third consecutive year of improved market conditions and the launch of 5G networks wants to see the market return to growth in 2020.
New figures from IDC will predict the number of devices sold in 2019 be down 2.2 per cent, but the market only wants to contract by 0.4 per cent in the second half of the year. By 2020, growth will have to risen to 1.6 per cent annually.
Analysts say the ongoing problems of saturation and longer refresh cycles have not been resolved and the ongoing trade dispute between the US and China. However, the arrival of 5G devices – although not a silver bullet ̵
"The global smartphone market and relevant supply chains are still uncertain Sangeetika Srivastava, senior research analyst with IDC.
"Consumers continue to hold their devices for long-term vendor and channel alike. The first 5G.
The first 5G.
The first 5G.
The first wave of smartphone technology should steer the market back towards renewed growth. "
The first 5G IDC believes 5G wants account for 8.9 per cent of all shipments in 0202, rising to 28.1 per cent by 2023.  "The expectation of 5G, beginning with smartphones, has been building for quite some time but the challenges in the smartphone market over the past three years have been magnified that anticipation," added IDC's Ryan Reith.
"To be clear, we do not think 5G wants to be the savior in smartphones, but we do not see it as a critical evolution in mobile technology. 4G, but that's pretty much because we are in a much different market today. "
5G is mainly looking for Android, which will see its market share increase from 85.1 per cent to 87 per cent, with 1.2 billion shipments. Apple wants to have a more challenging year, partly because of a lack of 5G devices, with its share falling to 13 per cent (178 million units).
However, IDC argues Apple wants to benefit from a more planned 5G launch in 2020 as it by having to go later.