According to IDC Indonesia’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, 6.5 million smartphones were shipped in Indonesia in the first quarter of 2016, reflecting a moderate 2.7% YoY (year-on-year) growth but declining 22.2% quarter-on-quarter.
Global sales of smartphones to end-users totalled 403 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, a 9.7% increase over the same period in 2014, according to Gartner Inc.
Indonesia has a trade deficit of US$1.9 billion, and its Government is trying to tighten the outflow with a new regulation could adversely affect the nation's vibrant smartphone market.
A total of 4.8 million units of smartphones and 900,000 units of tablets were shipped in the first half of 2015 (H1 2015) in Malaysia, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia/Pacific’s Quarterly Mobile Phone and Tablet Trackers.
Demand for smartphones in South-East Asia hit a new peak in the first half of 2015, as consumers across the region’s seven key markets continued to spend and generated over US$8 billion in sales value in the first six months of this year, according to market research firm GfK.
Worldwide smartphone sales recorded the slowest growth rate since 2013, according to research firm Gartner Inc.
Most of the growth in the smartphone market will come from the sale of sub-US$100 devices in developing as well as developed countries. This price tier will represent more than 40% of global smartphone sales by 2020, up from 13% in 2014, Ovum said.
Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, a 1.5% increase from 2014 and down from the previous quarter's forecast of 2.8% growth, according to Gartner Inc.
Total smartphone shipments in South-East Asia reached approximately 24 million units in the first quarter of 2015, posting a year-over-year growth of 65.6%, IDC said.
The mobile games industry in South-East recorded impressive growth and reached over US$1 billion in revenue in 2014, according to Frost & Sullivan.