Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users in the first quarter of the year reached 419.2 million units, which represents a two per cent decline year on year.
This is the first time since the second quarter of 2009 that the market showed a decrease.
Survey data compiled by Google recently noted that consumers in Australia prefer Apple products and people are perhaps waiting for the device to be released later this year before purchasing a new handset.
Samsung became the world's top mobile handset vendor during the quarter, displacing Nokia for the first time since 1998.
Principal research analyst at Gartner Annette Zimmerman said the continued roll out of 3G smartphones by manufacturers should help spur on demand in China.
“As we are starting to update our market forecast we feel a downward adjustment to our 2012 figures, in the range of 20 million units, is unavoidable,” she was quoted as saying.
Posted by Samantha Green