- The spread of the coronavirus led to a fall of 14% in the sale of smartphones around the world in February 2020
- The research which led to the conclusion also revealed there is a possibility of more declines as more cases of the coronavirus are recorded all over the world
- Smartphone makers such as Apple have, meanwhile, closed their stores in China
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Fresh details coming in show that the sale of smartphones fell by 14% at the global level in February 2020.
The fall has been attributed to the spread of the coronavirus in China and several other countries all over the world.
According to Counterpoint Research, the new development could be the start of more declines in sales as more outbreaks are recorded all over the world.
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Per a Reuters report, the spread of the coronavirus has compelled Apple and other smartphone makers to close their stores in China.
Information available shows that Apple sold less than 500,000 smartphones in mainland China in February 2020.
However, the country is now showing signs of recovery as several stores are reopening in March 2020.
Counterpoint Research indicated that South Korea is showing signs of recovery but the same cannot be said for other parts of the world.
In other news, a number of technology companies are set to organize a hackathon aimed at promoting the development of software that can combat the coronavirus.
In partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the companies include Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, WeChat, TikTok, Pinterest, Slack and Giphy.
Codenamed the #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon, the event was announced on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, and would be accepting project submissions from Thursday, March 26 to Monday, March 30, 2020.
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