The global economy remained sluggish in 2016,
mainly due to the political uncertainties, weak oil prices, and aging societies
in developed countries. While some growth was seen in emerging markets such as
China and India, the lack of consumer confidence in major economies still had
its toll on smartphone shipments, which are expected to have totaled around
1.48 billion units in 2016, staying flat year on year. This report provides an
overview of the worldwide smartphone industry in 2016 and lists the industry's
10 major emerging technology applications for 2017.