Handset Country Share Tracker

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

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 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.


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.