Handset Country Share Tracker

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

March 3, 2014 08:39 woh

With almost all developed handset markets such as USA, France, Germany, Canada and South Korea suffering annual handset volume drop in Q4 2013, as identified in our recent report under HCST (Handset Country Share Tracker), Japan is almost the only country which grew annually in Q4 2013, mainly boosted by the explosive demand for Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C products, offered through all three local carriers including NTT Docomo. Apple dominated the Japanese handset market with an all-time high iPhone shipments.

Our Japan Handset Vendor Marketshare by Operator in Q4 2013 report, available to our paid clients, will give the readers how strong Apple was in Q4 2013 in Japanese handset market.


February 25, 2014 07:27 woh

According to a recently published handset and smartphone marketshare report for 15 countries in Q4 2013, released to clients through our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Samsung and Apple are the only two vendors who seized the top spots across 15 major countries worldwide. Samsung captured the number one spot in most countries, including China, India and Brazil, while Apple ranked first in North America and Japan due to solid demand for the new iPhone 5s. In Japan, Apple captured a record share of all smartphones shipped during the quarter, crushing local vendors like Fujitsu and Panasonic and giant Samsung.


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 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 26, 2013 06:43 woh

Based on the diverse product portfolio strategy across multiple price-tiers and strong Galaxy brand image, Samsung captured number one position in handset and smartphone shipments ranking in almost all of 15 major countries globally during Q3 2013, but according to the recently published handset and smartphone market share reports for 15 countries in Q3 2013 under our handset country share tracker (HCST) service, which is available to our existing clients, Apple stopped Samsung from leading the handset and smartphone market in all 15 major countries with the success of its newly-launched iPhone 5S and 5C. The existing clients can look at the handset and smartphone shipments by vendors during Q3 2013 in 15 major countries such as the US, China, India, Japan and UK.


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.



September 30, 2013 22:06 lsui

Our Country Share Tracker (CST) service recently published its Global Smartphone Shipments by Model report.

CST clients can click here to access the full report.

In the report, Samsung continued to dominate the market, overtaking Apple with numerous popular models like the Galaxy S4.

Interestingly, Huawei's Ascend family become the no.5 most popular smartphone sub-brand worldwide this quarter for the first time ever. Solid marketing at home in China is driving shipments. The Chinese vendor is quietly getting the hang of building famous sub-brands.


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.


July 10, 2013 04:04 woh

With global smartphone shipments increasing the market share in developed and developing markets in Q1 2013, we estimate the top 10 smartphone model families accounted for almost five out of seven smartphones shipped worldwide during the quarter.

Our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service are tracking the quartery global shipments of top 35 well-known and well-received smartphone models from Samsung (Galaxy), Apple (iPhone), LG (Optimus), Nokia(Lumia), Blackberry (BB10), HTC (One), Motorola (Razr) and the rising Chinese vendors including Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and Xiaomi from Q1 2011 to Q1 2013 in this published report.


July 10, 2013 03:49 woh

The smartphone shipments in Japan grew a massive +24% annually in Q1 2013. NTT Docomo was the key carrier driving this growth with healthy demand for its Xi branded LTE network and smartphones. In overall Japanese market in Q1 2013, two foreign vendors, Apple & Samsung, and two local vendors, Sony and Fujitsu captured the top four OEMs with robust supply of LTE handsets.

Domestic vendors’ performance remained weak in all three local operators while Sony became the top supplier to NTT DoCoMo, surpassing Samsung and Fujitsu with strong demand for its new flagship Sony Xperia Z smartphone. 

This report published by Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, which is available to our clients, tracks handset vendor marketshare for 17 OEMs by quarter across all major operators in Japan, including NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI. The report can be used by handset vendors, component makers, content developers, vehicle manufacturers and others to identify winners and losers by carrier in the high-value Japanese mobile market.