Handset Country Share Tracker

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

July 15, 2014 03:30 woh

Global smartphone vendors with international brand awareness, such as Samsung and Apple, have long dominated the global smartphone market. But the past few years have seen a swift rise in 'locally-FOCUSED' smartphone vendors, such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo in China, Micromax and Karbonn in India, Wiko in France, BQ in Spain, Cherry Mobile in the Philippines, iMobile in Thailand, Smartfren in Indonesia, Symphony in Bangladesh and Q mobile in Pakistan.

Our recently published report, in our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, available to clients, analyzes who the local main players are in multiple countries, why they are growing, and what international brands can do to stop them from moving forward.


June 27, 2014 04:06 woh

During this year's Google I/O event, unsurprisingly, Google announced a lot of appealing hardwares, softwares and services such as Andriod L supporting 64bit processing, Gear Live, G watch and Moto 360 smartwatches based on Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV and Android One. These are all fantastic achievements over what Google and its partners have done for the past years. Among all these gifts from Google, it might be worth taking another look at Google Android One program, which is designed to help smartphone manufacturers design and build high-performing smartphones at lower prices under US$100 based on Stock Android. Google has been teaming up with many different device partners such as HTC, Samsung and LG to create the reference Android-powered smartphones targeting mid to high-tier price range, but this time Google decided to launch a new program to help more affordable, but high-quality smartphones available at many developing countries starting with India, under its control.

As the first step, Google is working with three Indian vendors, Micromax, Karbonn and Spice to build Android One powered smartphones for Indian market from the second half of this year. As the published report under our HCST (Handset Country Share Tracker) service tracks the smartphone market in India, these three vendors have meaningful market shares in their home country and are growing very fast based on the very small smartphone penetration in India. The Android One initiative will be likely to throw some impact on Samsung, Microsoft/Nokia, LG, Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese vendors who are also looking at the entry-tier segment in India to grow their respective market shares. We believe that it would make sense for many players to target this low-price sector in India as our report, published by WSS (Wireless Smartphone Strategies) service, estimates that this market below the wholesale price of US$99 in India is expected to account for 45% of total smartphones sold in India in 2014.

While the target market is a little lower than Android One, Mozilla is also trying to announce a few ultra-low firefox-operated smartphones at US$25 this fall under the Indian brand from Intex and Spice. Android One, Microsoft/Nokia's Nokia X/X2 project, Mozilla and other smartphone vendors equipped with affordable smartphones are going to compete fiercely neck and neck with each other for more vendor and value share in emerging markets. In a nutshell, India and the developing markets will be able to enjoy more diversity and variety when stopping by retail shops or operator channels to look for their first-time smartphones or cheaper ones from the latter half of this year.


May 2, 2014 16:33 nmawston

According to new research from our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, China smartphone shipments grew +39% YoY to record levels in Q1 2014. Samsung remained in first place, followed by Lenovo. Meanwhile, Xiaomi pushed into the top 3 rankings for the first time ever, due to multiple popular new models. Coolpad solidified its position thanks to healthy demand for LTE phones. Our published report, available to download by clients here, contains handset and smartphone shipments and marketshare by multiple vendors and operating systems by quarter in China from Q1 2009 to Q1 2014. A forecast by smartphone vendor for Q2 2014 is also included. The report is a valuable tool for stakeholders wishing to track the China market, the world's largest by volume and revenue.


April 2, 2014 16:36 sbicheno

Chinese smartphone specialist Xiaomi recruited the former head of Google’s mobile products business - Hugo Barra - to become the new head of its international operations last year. Having taken a few months to find his feet, Barra has recently been on a publicity offensive with Xiaomi’s planned international expansion the theme.

Right now Xiaomi sells competitively-price Android smartphones within China, which contain software and services aimed specifically at Chinese consumers. But Barra has said that within two years he expects Xiaomi to have a portfolio of mobile products that can be used anywhere in the world, which will be the bedrock of the company’s global expansion starting with other Asian markets such as Malaysia and India.

Recent unconfirmed reports have Xiaomi setting new records for unit shipments in Q1 2014 so it looks like the company has momentum on its side. But, as other Chinese OEMs have found, strong domestic sales are in no way a sign of success internationally. Our Country Share Tracker (CST) service believes Barra will need to use all the knowledge and skill acquired at Google to ensure Xiaomi is viewed as a genuine alternative to the many other Android vendors currently operating on a global level.


February 25, 2014 07:27 woh

According to a recently published handset and smartphone marketshare report for 15 countries in Q4 2013, released to clients through our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Samsung and Apple are the only two vendors who seized the top spots across 15 major countries worldwide. Samsung captured the number one spot in most countries, including China, India and Brazil, while Apple ranked first in North America and Japan due to solid demand for the new iPhone 5s. In Japan, Apple captured a record share of all smartphones shipped during the quarter, crushing local vendors like Fujitsu and Panasonic and giant Samsung.


November 12, 2013 18:00 sbicheno

China smartphone shipments surged +91% year-on-year to record levels in Q3 2013. While Samsung remained in first place, Lenovo and Coolpad are hot on its heels in second and third positions and Xiaomi pushed into the top 5 list for the first time ever. The Chinese domestic smartphone market is increasingly influencing the overall global picture, and subscribers to Strategy Analytics’ Country Share Tracker service can access full quarterly Chinese device shipments, broken down by device type, vendor and OS, here.


November 11, 2013 18:06 nmawston

According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service -- in a newly published report called China Smartphone Vendor and OS Marketshare : Q3 2013 -- China smartphone shipments surged a huge +91% YoY to record levels in Q3 2013.

China maintained its position as the largest smartphone market worldwide since Q3 2011. Today, smartphone shipments account for 86% of total handset volumes in China, up from 59% one year ago.

Samsung remained in first place in China, while Lenovo and Coolpad maintained second and third positions.

Xiaomi was the star performer in Q3 2013, pushing into the top-5 list in China for the first time since Xiaomi began operations in 2011. Strong performances in e-commerce channels, and the launch of the more-affordable Hongmi phone, were the key drivers behind its surging volumes. More analysis on Xiaomi and China smartphones can be downloaded by clients here.



July 22, 2013 13:04 nmawston

Motorola has recently been sending out invites to the launch of its new, flagship Moto X smartphone in the US, due in August 2013.

Our Country Share Tracker (CST) service expects Moto X volumes to be tilted mostly toward the United States market in the near-term (e.g. AT&T). We expect the pricing and promotion strategy to be heavily supported by parent Google. Moto X will attempt to differentiate from rivals by hardware materials and software customization. Moto X will compete with Samsung S3 / S4, HTC One, and other models. We expect the point-of-sale marketing for Moto X to have a strong “made at home in America” slant to it. Whether Samsung, HTC, LG and other Android partners will be pleased by this new Googorola LTE smartphone push remains to be seen.

Will Moto X revive Motorola in Q4 2013? It will give Motorola a lift, for sure, but the device is fairly "small beer" for now -- and it has a long way to go before it can compete with the kinds of volumes generated by the world's best-selling smartphone models, such as Apple iPhone 5 or Samsung S3.


March 6, 2013 07:22 woh

Global smartphone shipments increased by 38% annually in Q4 2012. This report, available to the clients of our Country Handset Share Tracker service, tracks the world's 11 leading smartphone vendors' shipments and marketshare across 15 major countries worldwide in Q1-Q4 2012. The 15 countries tracked account for 80% of total global smartphone volumes. Countries covered are: Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, UK, and the United States. This report is a valuable tool for any mobile stakeholder that wants to track smartphone vendors' operational performances at a granular country level.


September 27, 2012 17:34 Alex Spektor

According to Strategy Analytics’ Country Share Tracker (CST) service, 15 countries represented three-quarters of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2012: Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, UK, and USA. During the quarter, Samsung was the number one smartphone vendor in 13 of these countries. Meanwhile, Apple captured the top spot in the United States, desipite early anticipation of the recently released iPhone 5. Indeed, Samsung and Apple have separated themselves from the rest of the pack, as the ony two smartphone vendors with double-digit marketshare worldiwde. More smartphone vendor shipments to 15 key countries worldwide in Q2 2012 can be viewed by clients here.