New Delhi: Even as the mobile phone market is expected to expand by over 5 percent to about 1.91 billion units by 2014, the opportunity for smartphones in the premium category is now fading, global research firm Gartner has said.The firm expects mobile phone shipments to touch 1.81 billion units this year against to 1.74 billion units in 2012."The mobile phone market will continue to experience steady growth, but the opportunity for high average selling price (ASP) smartphones is now ending," Gartner said, while giving its global outlook for the PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments.The firm added that growth is expected to come from mid- tier smartphones in mature markets and low-end Android smartphones in emerging markets, like India.Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.32 billion units in 2013, a 4.5 percent increase from 2012, it said."The market is being driven by a shift to lower-priced devices in nearly all device categories," Gartner said.Android will remain the leading device operating system (OS), as it is on pace to account for 38 percent of shipments in 2013, it said.PTI
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