The global smartphone growth percentage will drop below double-digits for the first ever full year in 2015, according to market research company International Data Corporation (IDC).

IDC predicts that smartphone shipments will grow just 9.8% globally in 2015 to a total of 14.3 billion units, with no upturn in sight.

The Chinese market has been a significant driver in smartphone growth in the past few years. As China’s untapped millions became mobile, both internet companies and the vendors themselves experienced an intense growth period, which saw companies like Xiaomi and Alipay become household names on the mainland.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com