IDC: Q1 Smartphone shipments decline sharply in Australia, Windows Phone stands at 4 percent

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IDC has released its data for the smartphone shipments for the first quarter of 2014. According to their latest report, smartphone shipments have plunged, hitting a seasonal low.

In the Q1 2014, a total of 2.05 million smartphones were shipped, which is 22 percent lower quarter-to-quarter, and 17 percent less compared to the same quarter last year. "The smartphone market in Q1 was subdued when the initial hype over Apple's new iPhone 5s and 5c tapered off from last quarter. Consumers were also holding off their purchases in anticipation for the next wave of Galaxy S smartphones from Samsung, then rumoured to be in Q2," says IDC's Senior Market Analyst, Amy Cheah.

The smartphone market is dominated by Android and iOS with a market share of 50 and 33 percent respectively. Despite the falling smartphone shipments, Windows Phone stands at 4 percent in Australia, while the troubled Blackberry OS stands at zero percent.

The first quarter was a little slow for Windows Phone since there were only a few product launches for international markets. The results for the second quarter will be interesting to see since Microsoft introduced three new handsets -- including the Lumia 630, 635 and 930 -- in global markets.