Handset Country Share Tracker

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

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.


January 23, 2014 20:07 nmawston

Rumors continue to swirl that Sprint and T Mobile will soon merge their mobile operator businesses in the United States. If the merger goes ahead, our Country Share Tracker (CST) service finds "T Sprint Mobile" will instantly become the largest purchaser of smartphones in the huge United States market, leapfrogging longtime leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T. This will have major implications for key smartphone suppliers such as Apple, Samsung and Kyocera. More data and analysis of the US smartphone market by operator can be downloaded by clients in this published report.


January 23, 2014 20:04 nmawston

According to our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service, the global Firefox smartphone installed base will be a niche proposition in 2014 / 2015. Can Mozilla get the new mobile operating system off the ground in places like Venezuela and Spain? Can it challenge Android?

This extensive published report, available to clients, forecasts global smartphone sales, by 14 operating systems for 88 countries worldwide, from 2007 to 2018. Almost every major country worldwide is covered, including the United States, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and others.


January 15, 2014 16:46 nmawston

Global smartphone shipments grew +46% annually in Q3 2013. We estimate the top 10 families of models accounted for seven out of ten smartphones shipped worldwide during the quarter. Samsung and Apple top the charts today, but LG's Optimus, Sony's Xperia and Huawei's Ascent series are quietly gaining traction.

This published report, available to clients of our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, tracks the world's best-selling smartphone families and models by shipment volumes from Q1 2011 to Q3 2013. The Q4 2013 updated report will be published in the coming weeks.


January 3, 2014 19:23 nmawston

Global smartphone shipments grew +46% annually in Q3 2013. We estimate the top 10 families of models accounted for seven out of ten smartphones shipped worldwide during the quarter. Samsung and Apple top the charts today, but LG's Optimus, Sony's Xperia and Huawei's Ascent series are quietly gaining traction.

This published report, available to clients of our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, tracks the world's best-selling smartphone families and models by shipment volumes from Q1 2011 to Q3 2013. The report is a valuable tool for component makers, car manufacturers, content suppliers, mobile operators, device vendors and other stakeholders who want to identify and measure the world's most-popular smartphones by dozens of models.


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 25, 2013 20:58 lsui

Our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service tracked Coolpad ranked the 11th largest smartphone vendor globally in 2012, with 2.6% marketshare. It grew smartphone volume by 108% YoY from 2011, indicating the Shenzhen-based Chinese vendor is ambitious to push into the top 10 club this year.

The company is on the right track to become a 3G smartphone specialist, with an encouraging breakthrough recently also in the North American 4G LTE market. Its first LTE phone at MetroPCS achieved an encouraging start last year.

However, how to further define and implement its overseas strategy, especially in North America and West Europe, remains the key for the rising Chinese brand. We would recommend Coolpad to:

- Launch a decent flagship model with a unified sub-brand (like Samsung Galaxy, Huawei Ascend does) globally;

- Initially target prepaid carriers / customers because prepaid segment is price-sensitive and accessible for Chinese brands;

- Prepare for the potential IPR risks associated with overseas expansion. Coolpad is reportedly have accumulated over 4000 handset related patents at this moment, however, it is still vulnerable to get involved into IPR war. We believe patent swap would be an effective way to ease risks;

- Branding and marketing initiatives are needed to tap into richer customers in developed markets;

- Prepare for the direct competition with Huawei and ZTE in overseas market. Compared with the two rivals, Coolpad exclusively focuses on the smartphone market and lacks synergy among different product lineups. We would recommend Coolpad to further differentiate from rivals with improved hardware designs and more localized services and apps (e.g. social networking);

- Balance volume and profitability. Shifting upwards with more mid- and high-tier models, in order to improve ASP and profit margin, which will ensure the Hong Kong listed-company has sufficient cash on hands for the upcoming overseas expansion.


March 23, 2013 02:52 nmawston

According to our Handset Country Share Tracker (CST) service, the French mobile phone market dipped -6% year-on-year in Q4 2012. This followed flat growth in the prior three quarters of 2012 as the country struggled economically. Free Mobile, a challenger operator with low prices perfectly suited to the tougher economic times, is making a serious dent in the French cellphone market. Its main device partners are Samsung and Apple, who dominate shipments there. This published report, available to clients, tracks mobile phone vendor market share at the four major French operators -- Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile -- from Q1 2009 to Q4 2012. The report is an important tool for measuring the health of individual handset brands at the operator level in Western Europe's third largest cellphone market.