Handset Country Share Tracker

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

April 29, 2015 23:55 lsui

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics' Handset Country Share Tracker(HCST) service, China smartphone shipments grew 17 percent annually to reach 110 million units in the first quarter of 2015. Xiaomi maintained first position, but Apple is rapidly closing the gap with 12 percent marketshare in second place.

China smartphone shipments grew 17 percent annually from 93.6 million units in Q1 2014 to a 109.8 million in Q1 2015. China smartphone growth on an annualized basis has slowed from 39 percent to 17 percent during the past year, due to increasing penetration maturity. This is the first quarter that China’s smartphone annual growth rate has been lower than the global average since 2010.

Xiaomi shipped 14.0 million smartphones and captured 13 percent marketshare in China during Q1 2015, increasing from 11 percent a year earlier. Xiaomi has maintained the number one smartphone position in China for three quarters in a row, due to solid demand for its popular Redmi models. However, Xiaomi’s rapid growth is now coming to an end, and it has delivered negative sequential growth in China for the past two quarters. By contrast, Apple is growing swiftly in China at the moment. Apple shipped 13.5 million iPhones in China during Q1 2015, holding its ranking as the number two smartphone vendor for the second straight quarter. Apple captured 12 percent share in China in Q1 2015 and it has narrowed the marketshare gap with Xiaomi to less than one percent. Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are proving wildly popular with Chinese consumers and, if current trends continue, Apple could become China’s largest smartphone vendor in the second half of this year.

Huawei shipped 11.2 million smartphones and held on to third position with 10 percent marketshare in China in Q1 2015, rising steadily from 9 percent a year ago. The Mate7, Ascend P6 and Honor series are among the main smartphone models driving Huawei’s growth. Huawei has significantly improved its product design and successfully expanded its online retail presence in China this year, enabling it to become a major smartphone player in the country.

Exhibit 1: China Smartphone Vendor Shipments and Marketshare in Q1 2015  [1]

 

 

 

 

China Smartphone Vendor Shipments (Millions of Units)

Q1 '14

Q2 '14

Q3 '14

Q4 '14

Q1 '15

Xiaomi

10.6

14.5

17.0

15.7

14.0

Apple

7.8

5.0

4.9

13.4

13.5

Huawei

8.0

11.9

9.6

11.9

11.2

Others

67.2

70.6

73.5

82.0

71.1

Total

93.6

102.0

105.0

123.0

109.8

           

China Smartphone Vendor Marketshare (%)

Q1 '14

Q2 '14

Q3 '14

Q4 '14

Q1 '15

Xiaomi

11.3%

14.2%

16.2%

12.8%

12.8%

Apple

8.3%

4.9%

4.7%

10.9%

12.3%

Huawei

8.5%

11.6%

9.1%

9.7%

10.2%

Others

71.9%

69.3%

70.0%

66.6%

64.7%

Total

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Growth: Year-over-Year (%)

38.9%

29.4%

31.9%

34.7%

17.3%

         

 

Source: Strategy Analytics

       

 


April 14, 2015 06:17 nmawston

According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, some 10 million mobile phones were shipped in the UK in Q4 2014, down by -3% YoY, impacted by sluggish operator subsidies and penetration-maturity. The UK handset market had been trending flat at best on an annual basis since 2010, and the full year of 2014 experienced -2% YoY decline in spite of the deployment of next generation 4G LTE networks across the country's major operators and a general macroeconomic up-tick. Our extensive report finds the growth segments in the UK market and tracks quarterly handset vendor market share at the four major UK operators -- EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three -- from Q1 2009 to Q4 2014.


February 24, 2015 20:59 nmawston

UK startup, Kazam, run by ex-HTC executives, has this week announced it will introduce 7 new smartphone and 3 tablet models to the UK and European markets in the first half of 2015. They will eventually enter up to 15 countries, like Poland, Spain, etc.

The models being launched (at MWC) are the Trooper 445L (LTE), 440L, 450, 450L and 455 smartphones with Android, the Thunder 450W and 450WL smartphones with Microsoft, and the L10, L8 and L7 tablets with Microsoft.

Ths is a courageous move from Kazam, famous for previously developing one of the world's slimmest smartphones (<6mm). The vendor is now positioning to sell cost-competitive 4G LTE devices to prepaid and postpaid consumers. Kazam is hoping to copy the relative success of other niche vendors like Wiko in France and BQ in Spain.


However, our CST (Country Share Tracker) service guides that Kazam will struggle to become a major pan-European smartphone-tablet player in 2015. Here are three main reasons why:

1. The Western and Eastern European LTE smartphone market is already very crowded. Apple and Samsung dominate, leaving little room for new entrants like Kazam;

2. Kazam is trying to differentiate on aftersales service. For example, replacing a cracked screen within the first year. But, if the system proves popular, it will be easily copied by Samsung or LG with big display assets;

3. Kazam lacks retail distribution online and offline. It will take years to get on store shelves around the European continent and worldwide. Will Kazam have the funds to support such a long-term expansion? Or will it be quickly flipped and sold off to a bigger rival? Time will tell.


January 30, 2015 18:54 lsui

According to a newly-published report from our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service -- China Handset and Smartphone and OS Share : Q4 2014 -- Apple nudged up to become the second largest handset and smartphone vendor in China in the fourth quarter of 2014, for the first time ever. Strong demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, as well as an extended retail presence, and sizeable subsidies from three operators, are the main drivers behind the surging volumes, which doubled annually.

Xiaomi maintained its no.1 handset and smartphone position in China, for two quarters in a row. Xiaomi's rapid (but slowing) growth -- along with rising brands like Vivo and Oppo -- is harming established local rivals such as Lenovo, Coolpad and others. Samsung dipped to the no. 3 position, amid competition from Apple and Chinese brands. Lenovo plunged to fifth place this quarter and lost share annually and sequentially, while Huawei held fourth place -- driven by its Honor sub-brand and Ascend models across multiple price-tiers.

Our extensive report contains handset and smartphone shipments and marketshare by multiple vendors and operating systems by quarter in China from Q1 2009 to Q4 2014. A forecast by smartphone vendor for Q1 2015 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.

 


January 26, 2015 11:27 nmawston

According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, T Mobile has overtaken Sprint -- and closed the gap on AT&T -- to become firmly established as the 3rd largest smartphone carrier (by shipments) in the high-value United States market. Despite possible competition from a Google MVNO, device vendors with North American growth ambitions -- such as ZTE, Microsoft (Nokia) or Motorola -- should target T Mobile in 2015. More analysis and data can be downloaded from clients here.


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.


September 26, 2014 22:48 nmawston

According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, the French mobile phone market dipped -5% annually in Q2 2014, due in part to local economic volatility. Among the hardware vendors, Samsung and Apple retained the top two spots, but both brands struggled in the face of hungry rivals. Local vendor Wiko continued to make impressive gains. Meanwhile, challenger-carrier, Free Mobile, continued to expand, and it is now one of the biggest operators for cellphones in France. This published report, available to clients, tracks mobile phone vendor marketshare at the 4 major French operators -- they are Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile -- from Q1 2009 to Q2 2014. The report is an important tool for measuring the health of individual handset brands at the operator level.


September 26, 2014 22:43 nmawston

According to our WDS (Devices) research service, global LTE mobile phone industry revenues rose +44% annually during Q2 2014. Apple remained the world's largest 4G handset vendor by revenue, followed by Samsung and LG. Chinese vendor ZTE delivered the highest revenue growth among major players, driven by its volume expansion. This extensive report, available to clients here, provides quarterly global LTE handset shipments, wholesale (transfer) pricing, and revenue metrics for 20 major vendors from Q1 2011 to Q2 2014. The report is a vital tool for monitoring the financial health and tiered marketshare of leading LTE brands such as Nokia, HTC, BlackBerry, Samsung, Apple and others.