Wireless Device Strategies

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July 1, 2014 23:32 swaltzer

Subscribers can now view the replay and slides of our recent webinar on Strategy Analytics' newly upgraded My Dashboards ToolSee how Strategy Analytics’ upgraded Devices 'Dashboards' provide you with the data you need on the global handset and smartphone markets. Our 'dashboard' is an online, customizable pivot-table and charting tool. The new and powerful tool provides the ability to access, visualize, export, and create bookmarks of custom-cuts of our most popular market tracking and forecasting datasets. The Webinar introduced 'Dashboards' and taught you how to get the most out of our upgraded 'MyDashboards' tool.

 


June 19, 2014 23:30 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.


May 2, 2014 15:06 sbicheno

The latest research from Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service forecasts global refurbished handset and second-hand handset sales are set to increase by 8% in 2014.

We define refurbished handsets as handsets manufactured by legitimate vendors with a valid IMEI number that was previously owned and which has been professionally refurbished by either a third-party refurbishing company or factory-refurbished. Companies that refurbish handsets typically buy them directly from individuals and mobile operators or from retailers who have taken devices in trade towards new handsets.

A key driver in refurbished handset sales is the continuing growth of legitimate new handset sales worldwide, combined with shortening replacement cycles for these handsets in certain markets, which is creating huge volumes of no-longer-used handsets. Another driver is early-upgrade programs, such as Next from AT&T (in the US), which allow customers to purchase a new device as often as every 12 months.  Moreover, operators' desire in many countries to use refurbs as indirect subsidies for brand-new device purchases is an additional driving factor of the growth in this sector.


April 29, 2014 15:52 sbicheno

According to the latest research from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) research service, global mobile phone shipments grew 9 percent annually to reach 408 million units in the first quarter of 2014. Huawei was the star performer among the top five players, capturing 3 percent share and growing two times faster than the industry average.

Global mobile phone shipments grew 9 percent annually from 372.7 million units in Q1 2013 to 407.9 million in Q1 2014. Smartphones accounted for 7 in 10 of total mobile phone shipments during the quarter. The 9 percent growth rate of the overall mobile phone market is at its highest level since 2011, driven by healthier demand for 4G and 3G models across Asia, Africa and elsewhere.

Samsung grew 6 percent annually and shipped 113.0 million mobile phones worldwide, capturing 28 percent marketshare in Q1 2014. Samsung’s growth rate has slowed recently due to tougher competition from Chinese vendors, but Samsung maintains an impressive product portfolio and it is still shipping more mobile phones worldwide than Apple, LG and Nokia combined. Nokia shipped 47.0 million mobile phones worldwide for 12 percent share in Q1 2014. Nokia continues to face intense competition from Apple and dozens of Android vendors. New owner Microsoft will be looking to Nokia’s upgraded X phone portfolio to stabilize the downturn in the coming months.

Apple shipped 43.7 million iPhones worldwide in Q1 2014, up from 37.4 million a year earlier. Apple has closed the marketshare gap on Nokia to just one point, and Nokia will have to fight hard to stay ahead in the second half of this year. LG had a mixed quarter, capturing 4 percent share of the global mobile phone market. LG is performing well in Europe, but China and India remain major weak spots that the vendor still needs to address.

Other findings from the research include:

  • Huawei shipped 14.2 million mobile phones worldwide for 3 percent marketshare to remain the world’s fifth largest vendor in Q1 2014. The company’s annual growth rate is two times higher than the overall mobile phone industry average. Huawei’s 3G and 4G Android devices are proving relatively popular in Asia and North America;
  • A long tail of second-tier brands continues to build momentum beyond the established top five mobile phone brands. Key emerging challengers in mobile phones worldwide at the moment include TCL-Alcatel, Coolpad, Lenovo, Xiaomi and others. These are important players to monitor.

Global Mobile Phone Vendor Shipments and Market Share in Q1 2014

Global Mobile Phone Vendor Shipments (Millions of Units)

Q1 '13

Q1 '14

Samsung

106.6

113.0

Nokia

61.9

47.0

Apple

37.4

43.7

LG

16.2

16.4

Huawei

11.6

14.2

Others

139.0

173.6

Total

372.7

407.9

 

 

 

Global Mobile Phone Vendor Marketshare  %

Q1 '13

Q1 '14

Samsung

28.6%

27.7%

Nokia

16.6%

11.5%

Apple

10.0%

10.7%

LG

4.3%

4.0%

Huawei

3.1%

3.5%

Others

37.3%

42.6%

Total

100.0%

100.0%

 

 

 

Total Growth Year-over-Year %

-1.4%

9.4%

 

 

 

Source: Strategy Analytics

 

 

 

The full report, Global Mobile Phone Shipments Reach 408 Million Units in Q1 2014, is published by the Strategy Analytics Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, details of which can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/ck93xsu.


April 18, 2014 01:14 woh

According to a recently published report from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, 'Handset Sales Forecast by Type: Phablet, Superphone, Smartphone, Feature Phone & Basic Phone', the superphone and phablet segments are estimated to dominate global handset market through 2020, largely boosted by consumers' strong preference for larger display size than 4 inch. In contrast, feature phone segment will be steadily slowing, with the transition to smartphones in many emerging countries expected.

Our in-depth report, available to our paid clients, forecasts global mobile phone sales by type from 2003 to 2020, identifying which categories will grow at above-average rates during the next 7 years. Types of devices covered include super-phablets, standard phablets, superphones, standard smartphones, smart feature phones, standard feature phones and basic phones.


April 2, 2014 12:01 sbicheno

After suffering a number of setbacks in the wake of the global economic crisis, the global handset market is set to maintain healthy growth in 2014.

Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service forecasts global handset sales will grow by 7% in 2014. Growth will mainly be driven by developing markets, with Asia Pacific, Central & Latin America and Africa Middle East forecast to the main contributors. The five largest country markets will be: China, India, United States, Brazil and Indonesia.

In many developing markets a significant proportion of the population do not yet own a mobile phone. You can now get good feature phones for very low prices and the entry price point for smartphones is getting lower by the day, so it’s easier than ever for people who earn little to get into the mobile phone market. 


February 11, 2014 01:29 woh

Strategy Analytics' analysts from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) research service will be pounding the floor at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, from Sunday 23rd to Thursday 27th February, 2014. It is the world's most important trade show for the mobile industry.

We will be blogging live from the show every day.

Here are five major trends that we recommend clients / journalists / techies look out for at this year's event:

1. Wearables will, of course, be a major buzzword. Smartwatches, smartglasses and fitness / health bands will be the primary products on display. There will be also be a long tail of emerging wearable devices for niche markets, from smartsocks to smartmedics. We recommend you visit major companies like Samsung, LG, Huawei and Broadcom.

2. More curved smartphones will be on show. We saw dozens of curved TVs from Asian brands at CES 2014, and two curved smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex. Curved smartphones will gain market traction faster than curved TVs. Curved smartphones are the first step to a future of rollable touchscreens. Innovative companies to visit will be Samsung and LG. Will the new, rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 have a curved display?

3. Global expansion of the rising Chinese smartphone vendors. After dominating at home in China, many Chinese brands are now turning their eyes overseas, such as the valuable United States market. Major vendors you should visit include Huawei, ZTE, TCL-Alcatel and Lenovo-Motorola. Keep an eye out, too, for any Indian players, like Micromax.

4. The rise of affordable 4G handsets. The majority of LTE handsets available until last year have been in the premium price-range. However, the China LTE market is about to soar in 2014, due to China Mobile. Low prices will be the key to unlock rapid growth. Companies to visit include Samsung, Qualcomm and MediaTek.

5. Faster LTE-A CA (Carrier Aggregation) and TD-LTE will excite the tech geeks among us. We recommend you experience the multiple LTE-A devices and TD-LTE devices on show from numerous handset vendors, such as Samsung or Huawei. The era of "mobile fiber" is here.

Please check back to see our daily blogs and further updates on MWC 2014 every day during the show. We look forward to seeing you soon in beautiful Barcelona!

 

 


September 19, 2013 18:19 sbicheno

The feeling prior to Apple's recent launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c was that the tech giant needed to introduce a cheaper phone if it wanted to exploit the rapid growth in smartphone shipments in developing markets and keep growing its global handset market share. But Apple decided instead to launch a colourful iPhone variant that is slightly cheaper than the top-of-the-range 5s, but still a premium-priced product.

The big question of how, if at all, this unprecedented fork in the iPhone product roadmap will affect overall apple handset shipments is addressed by a newly-published Strategy Analytics report: Global Handset Shipments Forecast by Vendor by Quarter: 2000 to 2014. In this report we forecast the quarterly global handset shipments of the top 11 vendors through to the end of 2014. Subscribers of our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service can use the report to anticipate fluctuations in the global handset market and inform their near-term planning.


July 31, 2013 18:07 sbicheno

ISIS - the mobile wallet joint-venture from US mobile carriers AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile - has announced its US rollout later this year. The venture is a long-awaited attempt to standardize the nascent mobile payments industry, currently fragmented by multiple, competing initiatives and standards.

While establishing consensus among the multiple stakeholders required to establish a viable mobile payments network is a significant undertaking, the timing of this launch likely owes as much to the spread of NFC-enabled handsets as anything. NFC (Near Field Communication) is a leading technology for enabling mobile device-based payments as it allows the exchange of data merely by touching or swiping a device over an NFC touch-point.

In the Global NFC Handset Sales Forecast by Region: 2004 to 2017 report, Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service forecasts the proportion of NFC-enabled handsets sold in North America will more than triple in 2013, up from around a tenth in 2012, and will jump once more in 2014. NFC phones have reached a tipping-point, and now is the time to fully exploit their capabilities.


May 11, 2012 08:58 nmawston

Global mobile handset shipments grew +4% annually during Q1 2012. Developed and developing markets delivered moderated growth. Africa, Asia and Latin America were the key markets contributing to growth, with Samsung, Apple & ZTE driving volumes higher. Samsung became the number one handset vendor globally, overtaking Nokia for the first time ever during the quarter. Apple edged up to third place for the first time in the huge Asia region. This report details quarterly handset marketshare for the world's top 30 vendors in North America, Central & Latin America, Western Europe, Central & Eastern Europe, Africa Middle East and Asia Pacific. Historical data by quarter from 2004 to Q1 2012 are included. Clients for our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service can download the published report here.