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July 19, 2014 00:38 nmawston

According to our WDS (Devices) research service, Motorola’s global handset shipments increased sharply during Q2 2014. New Android models, like the Moto E and G, are driving higher volumes across Latin America, Europe and Asia. After eight relentless years of decline, Motorola is finally regaining marketshare. However, North America and China remain major weakspots for the company and they are proving to be significant obstacles. Additional data and analysis of Motorola's second-quarter performance can be downloaded by clients here.


May 28, 2014 11:35 nmawston

According to the latest research from our WDS (Devices) service, mobile phone sales will reach 430 million units and generate revenues of US$87 billion in China during 2014. In contrast, mobile phone sales will stabilize at 163 million units and deliver revenues of just US$60 billion in the United States this year. China will overtake the United States for the first time ever to become the world’s largest mobile phone market by value.

We forecast mobile phone sales to grow 15 percent annually to reach a record 430 million units in China during 2014. Mobile phone trade revenues will surge 53 percent annually to reach a record US$87 billion this year. In contrast, mobile phone sales in the United States will grow zero percent annually, while trade revenues will increase only 4 percent to US$60 billion in 2014. China will finally overtake the United States for the first time this year to become the world’s largest mobile phone market by value.


China’s impressive mobile growth is being driven by the country’s rapid shift to 3G and 4G smartphones. Major brands, such as Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo, are aggressively expanding their distribution channels and product ranges across the region to meet extremely strong demand from Chinese consumers for more advanced mobile phones.


The United States is maturing and has now lost its crown to China as the world’s largest mobile phone market by revenue. However, it is important to remember the US remains by far the mobile industry’s most valuable country by profit. High average selling prices for mobile phones and huge operator subsidies from Sprint and others continue to make the US a very profitable market for major device brands such as Apple, Samsung and Alcatel.

 

Exhibit 1: Mobile Phone Sales and Trade Revenues by Country in 2014  [1]

Mobile Phone Sales (Millions of Units)

2013

2014

China

374.8

429.8

United States

163.3

163.4

 

 

 

Mobile Phone Trade Revenues (US$, Billions)

2013

2014

China

$57.0

$87.2

United States

$57.4

$59.5

 

 

 

Source: Strategy Analytics

 

 

  



[1]  Numbers are rounded. The term "mobile phone" refers to all smartphones plus feature phones combined. Trade revenues are defined as wholesale revenues. The 2014 data are forecast estimates.


May 22, 2014 19:52 lsui

Our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service recently published the report: VALUE SHARE : Global Handset Revenue, ASP and Profit in Q1 2014. WDS clients: please click here to access the full report.

Global handset wholesale revenues increased +8% YoY and profits grew +14% annually. Apple and Samsung continued dominating the revenue pool, but Chinese brands Xiaomi, TCL-Alcatel and Huawei jumped into the top 5 most profitable handset vendor list this quarter, with improved operating margins.

Xiaomi is rising quickly, ranking the third most proftiable handset vendor, the sixth largest vendor by revenue, as well as the ninth largest vendor in shipments this quarter.

 

May 18, 2014 13:54 nmawston

According to new research from our WDS (Devices) service, global mobile phone shipments grew a healthy +9% annually in the first quarter of 2014. The LTE segment grew fastest among all cellphone technologies, surging +93% from a year earlier. We expect this uptick in growth will continue for the rest of the year, as China and others parts of the world rollout additional 4G networks. Companies benefitting from the LTE spike include Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, MediaTek and others. More data and analysis can be viewed by clients here.


May 11, 2014 22:51 nmawston

According to our WDS (Devices) research service, TCL-Alcatel's mobile phone shipments grew an impressive +71% annually worldwide in Q1 2014. The firm's shipments, revenues and profits continue to increase at a healthy clip. TCL-Alcatel is perfrming well in Mexico, Russia and elsewhere. However, the vendor’s best performance was saved for the valuable United States market, where it surged past Motorola to become a top-six mobile phone player for the first time ever in Q1 2014. More data and analysis can be downloaded by clients at this link.


April 25, 2014 13:10 sbicheno

Today marked the end of an era in the mobile handset industry as the acquisition of the devices division of the once-dominant handset vendor Nokia by software giant Microsoft was completed, after the scrutiny of various global regulators caused some delays.

Such a move would have been inconceivable back in 2007, when Microsoft’s worth was only double that of Nokia, but the arrival of the iOS and Android mobile operating systems somewhat ironically damaged Nokia far more than Microsoft, and the US$5.44 billion this acquisition has cost Microsoft represents around a 60th of its current worth.

Now the hard work really begins for Microsoft, which is making its boldest move yet towards becoming a vertical hardware player, adding to established products such as Xbox and Surface. It is presumed that Microsoft acquired Nokia Devices in order to boost its own mobile OS - Windows Phone - but this is far from guaranteed.

Microsoft’s global smartphone OS shipment market share was just 4% in 2013, while Nokia’s share of smartphone shipments last year was and even more modest 3%. Furthermore, Nokia’s last major handset initiative before being acquired - the launch of a range of lower-priced smartphones based on Android, rather than Windows Phone - is hardly a ringing endorsement of its new parent.

Microsoft has made this acquisition because it cannot afford to be marginalised in the post-PC world, but the combined operation still has a very small stake in the mobile market and the publicity photo below, released by Microsoft to mark the event, may indicate it realises there is still a mountain to climb.


April 16, 2014 14:36 nmawston

According to a new report from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, global dual-SIM handset sales will grow a healthy +18% YoY in 2014. Asia, China, India and Africa remain the key markets for popular dual-SIM phones. Nokia, Samsung, Lenovo and Micromax are among major players with high marketshares driving the industry worldwide. Dual-SIM, dual-active (DSDA) models continue to find niche traction in higher-tier segments. Consumers like dual-SIM phones for their flexibility, while carriers dislike them for their churn potential. Our published report, available to clients, contains extensive forecasts for global dual-SIM (multi-SIM) handset sales in 6 major regions and 2 key countries, including China and India, from 2004 to 2020. Qualitative analysis of key vendors and key technologies in this market are included too.


February 7, 2014 16:56 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, Huawei grew its worldwide mobile phone shipments three times faster than the industry average in the fourth quarter of 2013. The Chinese vendor is outperforming in Asia and Europe. However, Huawei continues to lag badly in the valuable LTE handset segment. With 4G emerging fast in China, can Huawei finally crack the LTE market this year? More analysis can be downloaded by clients here.

 


January 28, 2014 01:15 nmawston

TCL-Alcatel was the world's 5th largest mobile phone vendor in Q4 2013. Some say it is the biggest handset brand you never heard of. Where is the firm strongest and weakest? How did it get here? Where is it headed next? Should rivals, like Apple, Motorola and Samsung, be worried?

Clients of our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) research service can download additional analysis of TCL-Alcatel in this report here and this blog here.


January 8, 2014 20:52 nmawston

Analysts from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) research service are at the CES trade show this week in Las Vegas, US, from Sunday 5th to Thursday 9th January, 2014.

Our blog from Day 1 (Monday) can be viewed here.

These are three key trends and important device models we have identified at the event on Day 2 (Tuesday):

1. As expected, Intel unveiled several wearable devices, including a smart-watch and a smart-headset. They are prototypes for now. What purpose do they serve? Three main reasons: first, they showcase Intel's new products, such as the Edison platform. Second, wearables offer fresh growth opportunities beyond the maturing PC market and crowded smartphone segment. Third, and most importantly, Intel's devices are a sign that more component makers will eventually become device makers as the component industry becomes more challenging. I expect Qualcomm and others to follow a similar path.

2. The new CEO of BlackBerry indicated that its first Foxconn-built smartphone later this year will be priced around the mid-tier level. This will put BlackBerry in direct competition with Samsung, the king of the mid-range worldwide. BlackBerry will have to develop something special, for hardware and software, if it wants to challenge the South Korean brand. It will not be easy.

3. Smartphones to control the digital home have been displayed at plenty of booths at the show. For example, the Belkin-Jarden Crock-Pot, available in the US in H1 2014, is a wireless pot for the kitchen where your food-cooking temperature can be controlled through a WiFi handset. This is cool and fashionable, of course, but still very niche at the moment.

Please check back here, every day, to our blog pages for further blogs and daily updates from CES this week.