Handset Country Share Tracker

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

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.


August 13, 2014 02:22 woh

According to the recently-published 'Global Handset Vendor Marketshare for 15 Countries in Q2 2014' under our HCST (Handset Country Share Tracker) service, handset market competition in India is getting neck to neck among Samsung, Nokia and Micromax in Q2 2014 as Samsung and Nokia lost their market share annually, and Micromax has kept increasing its market share quarter on quarter. In particular, the market share difference between Samsung and Micromax became the record low during the quarter.

Further analysis on India handset market and additional quarterly handset vendor market share in other 14 major countries including the US, China, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Germany and UK can be viewed by our paid clients here.


August 11, 2014 01:56 woh

According to our recently published report, Global Smartphone Market Share for 15 Countries in Q2 2014, in our HCST (Handset Country Share Tracker) service, Samsung took the lead in 14 major smartphone countries in Q2 2014, including the US, China, India, Brazil, Russia and UK, despite growing pressure from lower-end to higher-tier competition. Apple followed Samsung by maintaininig the no.1 position in Japan and taking no.2 in 8 countries.

Emerging countries, such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico and Russia, continued to lead annual smartphone growth, while Huawei, Xiaomi, Micromax and TCL-Alcatel delivered solid performances across multiple markets during Q2 2014.

Additional analysis of the quarterly smartphone market by country can be viewed by clients here.


August 6, 2014 22:08 nmawston

According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, China smartphone shipments grew +29% YoY to record levels in Q2 2014. Samsung maintained the number one spot, followed closely by Xiaomi in second place. For the first time ever, Coolpad pushed into third position thanks to healthy demand for its LTE models. By contrast, Lenovo fell out of the top 3 list this quarter and storm clouds are brewing for the vendor. This published report, available to clients, contains extensive data and analysis of the China smartphone market by hardware brand and by OS from Q1 2009 to Q2 2014. A forecast by quarter for Q3 2014 is also included.


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.


June 2, 2014 01:46 woh

According to our latest published reports from HCST (Handset Country Share Tracker) service in Q1 2014, Wiko, a fastest rising French mobile handset maker became no.3 in both handset and smartphone vendor share in France in Q1 2014, followed by Samsung and Apple. Strategy Analytics has internally tracked this company for the past several quarters, and started to officially include it in our handset vendor share report for 15 countries and smartphone one for 15 countries from Q1 2014.

Our 15 country reports, which are available to our paid clients, will also provide the vendors dynamics in 15 countries, showing how Samsung, Apple, Nokia/Microsoft, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Xiaomi, Coolpad, Sony, ZTE, TCL-Alcatel, HTC and several other vendors played in terms of their global and country-level performance in Q1 2014.


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.


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.


June 4, 2010 19:06 Neil Shah
The global handset industry continues to grow and fragment. Due to platform facilitators like MediaTek, manufacturing a 2G cellphone is easier than ever. These trends have led to the emergence of a long tail of dozens of microvendors, mostly from China and India. Numerous microvendors have benefitted from the surging demand for low-cost 2G phones in rural and suburban markets. According to our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) report for Asia, leading microvendors Micromax and Tianyu are ranked among the top 6 brands in their domestic markets of India and China. What have been the main reasons for the microvendors' growth? • OEM-partnered low-cost handset solutions; • Strong ultra-low- and entry-level portfolios at very competitive price-points; • Innovative features for local needs and tastes, such as 30-day standby battery (important feature for regular electricity deprived rural markets), torch-light, theft tracker, multimedia player, video call, AM/FM Radio and dual-SIM; • Extensive retail distribution footprints; • Aggressive advertising and brand promotions; The microvendors have gone after first-time and second-time buyers and emerged with some success. However, key questions that arise are -- how many microvendors are successfully selling and how have they originated? Is there any major differentiation between their offerings? How are the microvendors positioning their brands? What are the microvendors doing in order to compete at the next level, such as 3G smartphones? Thus, starting in Q1 2010, we are now actively tracking an additional 25 emerging microvendors every quarter. These top 25 microvendors have captured a combined 4% global marketshare. Micromax and Spice top our rankings, which include other vendors from diverse industries such as consumer electronics and personal computing. We expect the long tail of Asian vendors will remain active for the foreseeable future, as they focus their efforts on a next wave of emerging 3G handset growth in 2011. Our published Microvendors report for Q1 2010 is available to download for clients here.