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 20, 2014 14:25 khyers

The Chinese handset market today is the most active and competitive on earth.  The seemingly endless wave of emerging Chinese handset brands continues to expand. While some “established” Chinese vendors are struggling, other newer ones are booming. For example, Lenovo and Coolpad are fading fast at the moment, but rising-stars OPPO and Vivo have emerged swiftly to try to take their place. How big are OPPO and Vivo? What can major rivals -- such as Xiaomi or Samsung -- do to stop or slow their rise?

The report Ones to Watch: OPPO and Vivo examines the growth strategies of these two Chinese vendors and provides crucial analysis for competitors and operators as these two rising stars ride the Chinese handset wave.


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 10, 2014 16:58 nmawston

According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, China smartphone shipments grew +32% YoY to record levels in Q3 2014. A big shakeup in the China market is taking place. Xiaomi became the largest handset and smartphone vendor for the first time ever in the quarter. Xiaomi's rapid growth -- along with rising brands like Vivo and Oppo -- is harming established local rivals such as Lenovo, Coolpad and others. Our extensive report -- available to clients here -- contains handset and smartphone shipments and marketshare by multiple vendors and operating systems by quarter in China from Q1 2009 to Q3 2014. A forecast by smartphone vendor for Q4 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.


November 10, 2014 16:53 nmawston

According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) research service, Apple iPhone shipments worldwide grew by +16% year-on-year in Q3 2014, as the new iPhone 6/6+ quickly gained momentum, while older models maintained relatively healthy demand. Our latest published report -- available to clients here -- details the global shipments of every iPhone model since its launch in Q2 2007, from the iPhone 2G to the iPhone 6 and 6+. Our data is especially useful for mobile operators, retailers, component makers, vehicle developers, distributors and technology industry watchers to size Apple's iPhone shipments by individual model.


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.


October 10, 2014 13:45 nmawston

According to a new report from our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, global LTE phone shipments grew by +54% annually in Q2 2014. The US, Japan and Western Europe continued to witness rapid 4G growth, while new-entrant China rapidly established itself as the second-largest LTE market. Dozens of LTE handset models from Samsung, Apple, LG, ZTE and Sony are now flooding the market. The United States remains by far the world's largest LTE country, boosted by fierce competition among handset vendors and robust carrier subsidies. Our report -- published to clients here -- tracks global LTE handset shipments and vendor marketshare for 17 major vendors in 5 major LTE countries from Q1 2012 through Q2 2014.


October 7, 2014 16:22 khyers

Strategy Analytics’ Handset Country Share Tracker (CST) service reports that Global LTE handset shipments grew by 54% year-to-year in Q2 2014.  The US, Japan and Europe are currently enjoying rapid growth in 4G handset sales, while new entrant China is poised to see huge expansions in LTE handset sales in the second half of 2014 and 2015.  LTE handset vendors Samsung, Apple, LG, ZTE and Sony are now flooding the market, with home-grown Chinese vendors positioned for explosive growth in LTE as well.  Meanwhile, the United States remains by far the world’s largest LTE market,  with fierce competition among handset vendors and new data services driving robust demand for advanced new handsets.  The report Global LTE Handset Vendor Shipments by Country: Q2 2014 tracks the sales of LTE handsets by 17 vendors across major LTE countries and is a critical tool for operators, OEMs, component makers and other members of the mobile device ecosystem.