The world will see more than 1 billion smartphones shipped in 2013, research firm IDC said on Tuesday.
Shipments this year will be more than 39 percent higher than those in 2012 and will soar to 1.7 billion by 2017, said IDC. Though smartphones are close to a saturation point in mature markets, demand continues to surge in emerging markets.
Several factors are behind the seemingly unstoppable growth, according to IDC, but lower prices are the major ingredient. The average selling price (ASP) of a smartphone is expected to drop to $337 this year, a decline of 12.8 … Read more