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Smartphone market to stay cool this year

SAN FRANCISCO: International Data Corporation forecast Wednesday that global smartphone sales would cool this year before heating up with help from new 5G networks and India's vibrant market. An IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker expected smartphone sales to slip two-tenths of a percent this year to total 1.46 billion in a second straight year of slight decline. But IDC predicted that the smartphone market would reignite next year, growing about 3 percent annually to 1.65 billion in the year 2022. The "biggest…