Handset Country Share Tracker

A vital tracking tool for helping companies measure the success of competitors and partners in their local markets.

December 4, 2014 00:45 woh

According to the recently published report, Global LTE Handset Vendor Shipments by Country: Q3 2014, under our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, China has finally become the world's number one LTE handset market for the first time during Q3 2014, making the US slip to the 2nd position. China LTE handset market grew substantially by volume, up 140% sequentially, mainly driven by the growing influence of two rising stars, Oppo and Vivo, in the growing LTE segment in China.

The more detailed and extensive analysis, and LTE handset market share by vendor by country can be viewed here, available to our paid clients.


December 3, 2014 08:08 woh

India has become the world's 3rd largest smartphone market by volume, behind China and the United States as of Q3 2014, based on our recently published report, Global Smartphone Vendor Marketshare for 15 Countries: Q3 2014, under Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service. India's smartphone market is growing very rapidly, mainly boosted by the huge population, relatively lower smartphone penetration, many tech-savvy people, rising influence of local vendors and online channel, and many global smartphone vendors who are rushing into this big country looking for potentially economical success. We believe that the bulk of future growth in India's smartphone market will be coming from under retail $100 prices as there are myriads of price-sensitive users in India, looking for cheaper phones.

A lot of global and local vendors are prioritizing this price-tier, under retail $100 to gain traction and lead the market share. First of all, there are already not a few smartphones priced below $80 (retail) in the market, which are powered by Android and Firefox. These ultra-affordable smartphones with modest hardware specifications and services are accounting for almost half of all smartphones sold in India in 2014, according to our published report, BRIC Country Smartphone Revenues, ASPs & Price-Tier Forecasts: 2009 to 2020 under our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service. Second, Google is collaborating with leading Indian vendors such as Micromax, Karbonn and Spice, and already launched a few Android One smartphones from September at a retail $100 price. Google is widening its Android One partnerships now, and will be willing to cut the price below $100 to generate the bigger share in India.

Third, Microsoft (Nokia), which has not gained much success in India with its Windowsphone OS, is focusing on lower-priced segment with its Lumia 530/630 series. In addition, as Microsoft is giving out its OS for free for all sub-8" devices, we expect more smartphones under the retail $100 to hit the Indian market, mainly driven by Micromax, Karbonn and Lava. Fourth, Andriod players such as Xiaomi and Motorola are creating more presence in India, by providing the higher-specced phones at reasonably affordable price-points, at between $90 and $110 in retail pricing, mostly through online channels, making their price advantage stand out. Finally, Samsung, the king of global smartphone market, is reportedly set to fight back with its long-awaited Tizen-based smartphone. It is reportedly known that this Tizen OS smartphone will be launched in India in mid of December at around retail US$100 price, so we estimate that Samsung is ready to go head to head in this intensely competitive segment.

More detailed analysis on the growing Indian market and on the key to success in this important market is viewed at this report, India: The Next Big Smartphone Market in the Wake of China, available to our paid clients.


November 24, 2014 05:11 woh

According to the recently published 'Japan Handset Vendor Market share by Operator in Q3 2014' under our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, Apple cemented its no. 1 position at Softbank and KDDI, the Japanese second and third biggest operators, in Q3 2014 due to the influential demand of its newly-launched larger-sized iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and iPhone 6+ (5.5 inch). Meanwhile, at NTT Docomo, the biggest operator in Japan, Sony kept the no.1 position, mainly due to strong demand for Xperia Z2, Z1 and A2. Apple, no.2 at NTT Docomo, remained lackluster in July and August, but the launch of the new iPhones in September gained robust market traction at NTT Docomo, too, closing the gap between Sony.

The report, available to our paid clients, can be viewed at this link, and covers handset shipments and marketshare for 17 vendors across the big 3 operators in Japan during the third quarter of 2014.


November 21, 2014 14:18 khyers

After several quarters of declining or flat growth, handset shipments in the United States improved on a sequential and annual basis during Q3 2014. Apple and Samsung remain the top two brands, but they are at risk of losing traction to a resurgent LG and bullish ZTE at multiple carriers like AT&T. Meanwhile, HTC and Blackberry continued to struggle, due to weak portfolios. T Mobile was the standout operator, as its share of handset volumes is now at the highest level for four years.

The report USA Handset Vendor Marketshare by Operators Q3 2014 examines the performance of the key handset vendors in this key market. This extensive report tracks mobile handset shipments and vendor marketshare for 16 major vendors at the "big 4" operators in the United States on a quarterly basis from Q1 2009 to Q3 2014.  The report is available for clients of our Handset Country Share Tracker service.


November 14, 2014 01:25 woh

According to the recently published 'Global Handset Vendor Share in 15 Countries in Q3 2014', published under our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, Micromax ranks no.2 in handset market in India during Q3 2014, closing the gap against the leading vendor, Samsung. The market share difference between those two got narrowed to a record-low level in Q3 2014.

Asus, the Taiwanese handset vendor and better known for its laptop, desktop and server products, is slowly but meaningfully enhancing its handset market presence in several key countries including China, India and its home Taiwanese market based on its Zenfone and Padfone series. As this vendor is also aggressively shipping its handsets into other big markets such as Russia, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, it is expected that Asus is sure to keep up its handset market share in those countries in coming quarters.

The detailed analysis and marekt share on the 23 leading handset vendors in major 15 countries can be available to our paid clients, at this link.


November 12, 2014 08:39 woh

According to the recently published 'Global Smartphone Vendor Share for 15 Countries' under our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, Samsung captured the biggest smartphone market share in 11 countries out of 15 countries that we track every quarter. Apple became the no. 1 smartphone vendor in 3 countries including the US and Japan while Xiaomi became the largest smartphone vendor in China for the first time during Q3 2014.

The report, which tracks the leading 17 smartphone vendors, from tier-one vendors such as Samsung and Apple, to the rising vendors such as Oppo, Vivo and Gionee, in major 15 coutries acorss the globe can be available to our paid clients at this link.


November 6, 2014 02:11 woh

According to the recently published insight report, "India: The Next Big Smartphone Market in the Wake of China", under our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, India, the world's 2nd most populous country behind China, is also getting on track to become the world's 2nd largest smartphone country in the foreseeable future. India pushed into top 10 smartphone countries list at the end of 2012 for the first time, and has become the 3rd largest smartphone country by volume in 2013. India's annual growth rate is almost two times faster than global average rate YoY.

Our HCST service analyzes that several positive trends around Indian smartphone market is playing a key role in booming up the smartphone demand in India down the roads, and few of the trends are including surging local vendors and Google's drive. The in-detail analysis is available to our paid clients for HCST service at this link.


September 26, 2014 22:38 nmawston

According to a new report from our WDS (Devices) research service, global mobile phone shipments will grow +5% in 2015. Samsung, Apple and Chinese vendors, including Huawei and Lenovo, will be among the main vendors driving growth next year, with 4G LTE providing significant uplift in key markets such as the US, China, Japan, UK and South Korea. This published report, available to clients here, forecasts global handset, smartphone and feature phone shipments by QUARTER for 14 of the world's largest VENDORS from 2000 to 2015. Global grey handset volumes by quarter through 2015 are also included. The report is a valuable tool for component makers, software developers, operators and other stakeholders to support their planning activities.


September 3, 2014 01:20 lsui

According to the latest report -- Smartphone Vendor ASP and Revenue Share by Region : Q2 2014 -- from our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, Apple led the pack by value in North America and Western Europe for the second quarter of 2014, thanks to relatively healthy demand for the iPhone 5s and older 4S models, as well as robust ASPs. Samsung tops the charts in the remaining 4 regions, although it shed volume and value share annually due to inventory-build.

For the first time ever, Huawei pushed into the top 5 list by value, driven by rising volumes and improved ASP. Asia Pacific remains the world's largest region by volume and value. Xiaomi and Huawei ranked the third and fourth position in this region by value.


August 22, 2014 01:38 woh

According to the recently published Japan Handset Vendor Marketshare by Operator in Q2 2014 report under our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, Apple continued to lead the Japanese handset market across NTT-Docomo, SoftBank and KDDI with a dominating market share in Q2 2014 in spite of low seasonaility waiting for the launch of new iPhone 6. Meanwhile, Sony rose to no.1 handset vendor at NTT-Docomo, ahead of Apple, based on the robust sales of Xperia Z2 and A2 smartphones.

Two Chinese vendors, ZTE and Huawei, continued to capture the sustainable market shares at NTT-Docomo and SoftBank with their specialized feature phones for kids while Samsung increased its share sequentially based on the launch of Galalxy S5. This report is available to our paid clients here.