Handset Country Share Tracker

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

September 3, 2014 01:20 lsui

According to the latest report -- Smartphone Vendor ASP and Revenue Share by Region : Q2 2014 -- from our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, Apple led the pack by value in North America and Western Europe for the second quarter of 2014, thanks to relatively healthy demand for the iPhone 5s and older 4S models, as well as robust ASPs. Samsung tops the charts in the remaining 4 regions, although it shed volume and value share annually due to inventory-build.

For the first time ever, Huawei pushed into the top 5 list by value, driven by rising volumes and improved ASP. Asia Pacific remains the world's largest region by volume and value. Xiaomi and Huawei ranked the third and fourth position in this region by value.


June 19, 2014 23:32 swaltzer

After years of speculationAmazon finally introduced its first Fire Phone with AT&T in the US on Wednesday, 18th June, 2014. Amazon is planning to take a slice of the global smartphone hardware industry and expand the mobile shopping market. However, the Fire is neither optimized for smartphone buyers nor mobile shoppers, and it risks getting caught in no-man’s land. This first-generation Fire may struggle to gain traction. Further insight and analysis on this topic can be found for subscribers in our published report here: Amazon Fire Puts a Shopping Cart in Your Pocket.


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 6, 2014 22:07 nmawston

According to our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, US LTE cellphone shipments jumped sharply in Q3 2013. The US, South Korea, Japan and Europe continued to witness lightning 4G growth as dozens of models from Samsung, Apple, Sony, Nokia and others flooded the market. The United States remains by far the world's largest LTE country, boosted by robust carrier subsidies. This published report, available to clients, tracks global LTE handset shipments and vendor marketshare for 16 major vendors in 4 major LTE countries from Q1 2012 through Q3 2013.


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.


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 19, 2013 09:05 woh

Smartphone shipments in the United States grew 25% annually in Q4 2012. Apple captured the number one smartphone spot overall, as well as the top smartphone vendor ranking at the country's two largest operators, Verizon Wireless and AT&T. Android partners, such as Samsung, LG, HTC and Huawei, combined to keep the Google platform as the number two OS overall. The full report, USA Smartphone Vendor Marketshare by Operator: Q4 2012, available to the clients of our handset country share tracker (CST) service, tracks mobile smartphone shipments, vendor marketshare, and OS marketshare for 20 major vendors and 5 major platforms in the United States across 4 top operators and total market on a quarterly basis from Q1 2011 to Q4 2012.


March 14, 2013 23:31 nmawston

Our Handset Country Share Tracker (CST) team attended the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone at Radio City in New York, US, on Thursday 14th March, 2013. Several thousand attendees joined the event.

We trialed the S4 earlier this week and were briefed on the strategy behind it. This is a concise summary of our initial analysis:

Key Hardware: As expected, the S4 contains a 5.0-inch, full-HD, super AMOLED display with an impressive 441ppi in a rounded-slate formfactor. There are Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core / Samsung Exynos octo-core chipsets, varying by region. Other specs include 2GB RAM, dual-camera, NFC and MHL. The S4 looks visually similar to the previous S3, but the materials feel better quality and it is slimmer, lighter and nicer to hold in the hand.

Key Software: Samsung has clearly worked hard on its software and the results are impressive. There is finger-hover for the touchscreen, gesture recognition, improved eye-tracking, and better camera-editing.

Key Services: Samsung has layered a rich suite of Samsung proprietary services on top of the Android Jelly Bean OS. There are plenty of “S” services, such as S-Health and S-Translator. Google will be worried by this.

The S4 will launch commercially in the US and worldwide at the end of April 2013. Versions will support 3G, 4G and TD-LTE. There are 325 carriers in 166 countries onboard, such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Pricing will be Note-like.

We forecast tens of millions of units to be shipped worldwide this year. Provided there are no major "hidden" bugs that become apparent after launch, the S4 will be another blockbuster product for Samsung.

Which competitors will be impacted by the S4? Apple, LG, Sony, HTC, Blackberry, Nokia, Huawei, ZTE and Motorola will all be getting some sleepless nights in the next few weeks. Models such as iPhone 5 and HTC One could feel some pain.

We will publish a full report to clients on Friday 15th March, 2013.


March 14, 2013 23:31 nmawston

Our Handset Country Share Tracker (CST) team attended the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone at Radio City in New York, US, on Thursday 14th March, 2013. Several thousand attendees joined the event.

We trialed the S4 earlier this week and were briefed on the strategy behind it. This is a concise summary of our initial analysis:

Key Hardware: As expected, the S4 contains a 5.0-inch, full-HD, super AMOLED display with an impressive 441ppi in a rounded-slate formfactor. There are Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core / Samsung Exynos octo-core chipsets, varying by region. Other specs include 2GB RAM, dual-camera, NFC and MHL. The S4 looks visually similar to the previous S3, but the materials feel better quality and it is slimmer, lighter and nicer to hold in the hand.

Key Software: Samsung has clearly worked hard on its software and the results are impressive. There is finger-hover for the touchscreen, gesture recognition, improved eye-tracking, and better camera-editing.

Key Services: Samsung has layered a rich suite of Samsung proprietary services on top of the Android Jelly Bean OS. There are plenty of “S” services, such as S-Health and S-Translator. Google will be worried by this.

The S4 will launch commercially in the US and worldwide at the end of April 2013. Versions will support 3G, 4G and TD-LTE. There are 325 carriers in 166 countries onboard, such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Pricing will be Note-like.

We forecast tens of millions of units to be shipped worldwide this year. Provided there are no major "hidden" bugs that become apparent after launch, the S4 will be another blockbuster product for Samsung.

Which competitors will be impacted by the S4? Apple, LG, Sony, HTC, Blackberry, Nokia, Huawei, ZTE and Motorola will all be getting some sleepless nights in the next few weeks. Models such as iPhone 5 and HTC One could feel some pain.

We will publish a full report to clients on Friday 15th March, 2013.