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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 25, 2014 10:02 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, Lenovo’s global mobile phone shipments grew an impressive +50% annually in Q4 2013. The Chinese brand was a star performer. However, Lenovo’s mobile phone / smartphone division continues to make very little profit, and taking over the loss-making Motorola unit will not improve financial matters in the short-term. More analysis of Lenovo's challenges for 2014 can be viewed by clients here.


January 31, 2014 14:23 nmawston

As predicted last year in this June 2013 report -- from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service -- Chinese mobile phone makers, like Lenovo, are firmly on the hunt for takeovers of local or foreign brands.

Lenovo has recently acquired Motorola (assuming government approvals). We can tick that one off the list. Who might be next on the takeover target list? Well, we'll be keeping a close eye this year on companies such as Xiaomi and HTC, that's for sure. They are either ambitious to grow (Xiaomi) or struggling to grow (HTC). Time will tell.


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 28, 2014 00:20 khyers

According to the latest research from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, global mobile phone shipments grew 5 percent annually to reach a record 1.7 billion units in 2013. TCL-Alcatel became the world’s fifth largest mobile phone vendor for the first time ever in the final quarter of the year.

Despite ongoing economic headwinds in Asia and other emerging markets, global mobile phone shipments managed to grow a respectable 5 percent annually from 1.6 billion units in 2012 to 1.7 billion in 2013. It was the industry’s strongest overall performance for two years.

Fuelled by robust demand for its popular Galaxy models, Samsung tightened its grip, shipping a record 451.7 million mobile phones worldwide and capturing 27 percent marketshare to solidify its first-place lead. If Samsung maintains its current growth rate, it could ship a half-billion mobile phones in 2014.

Nokia’s global mobile phone shipments fell 25 percent from 335.6 million units in 2012 to 252.4 million in 2013. Nokia faced tough competition from Samsung in developing markets like India, while LG and others ramped up the pressure in developed regions such as Western Europe. Nokia’s Windows Phones have been performing relatively well, but this was not enough to offset sluggish demand for its Asha models and other feature phones during the course of the year.

Apple shipped a record 153.4 million mobile phones worldwide in 2013, up from 135.8 million in 2012. However, Apple’s growth rate moderated from 46 percent in 2012 to just 13 percent during 2013. Apple’s lack of presence in the low-end smartphone segment and the big-screen phablet category are costing the firm sizeable volumes.

  • LG was the world’s fourth largest mobile phone vendor in 2013, capturing 4 percent marketshare. LG’s Optimus range of Android models is proving popular in Europe and elsewhere;
  • TCL-Alcatel, of China, grew 48 percent annually to ship 18.3 million units globally in Q4 2013 and became the world’s fifth largest mobile phone vendor for the first time ever during the quarter. A portfolio of low-cost smartphones and feature phones in Latin America and Europe is driving the growth.

Exhibit 1: Global Mobile Phone Vendor Shipments and Market Share in Q4 2013 [1]

 

Global Mobile Phone Vendor Shipments (Millions of Units)

Q4 '12

2012

Q4 '13

2013

Samsung

108.0

396.5

118.0

451.7

Nokia

86.3

335.6

64.8

252.4

Apple

47.8

135.8

51.0

153.4

LG

15.4

56.6

18.7

71.0

TCL-Alcatel

12.4

39.5

18.3

52.0

Others

170.2

616.0

201.6

679.5

Total

440.1

1580.0

472.4

1660.0

 

 

 

 

 

Global Mobile Phone Vendor Marketshare  %

Q4 '12

2012

Q4 '13

2013

Samsung

24.5%

25.1%

25.0%

27.2%

Nokia

19.6%

21.2%

13.7%

15.2%

Apple

10.9%

8.6%

10.8%

9.2%

LG

3.5%

3.6%

4.0%

4.3%

TCL-Alcatel

2.8%

2.5%

3.9%

3.1%

Others

38.7%

39.0%

42.7%

40.9%

Total

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

 

 

 

 

 

Total Growth Year-over-Year %

0.1%

2.2%

7.3%

5.1%

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Strategy Analytics

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full report, Global Handset Shipments Grow 5 Percent in 2013, is published by our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, details of which can be found here. 

 

 



[1]  Numbers are rounded. The data-table does not include grey phone shipments. The Mobile Phone total is defined as smartphones plus feature phones combined.

 


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.


January 7, 2014 23:27 nmawston

Our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service predicts global mobile phone shipments to grow +6% in 2014. Samsung, Apple and Chinese vendors, including Huawei and Lenovo, will be among the main vendors driving growth, with 4G providing significant uplift in mature markets such as South Korea, Japan and the US.

This published report, available to clients, forecasts global handset, smartphone and feature phone shipments by quarter for 12 of the world's largest vendors from 2000 to 2014. Global grey phone volumes by quarter through 2014 are also included.

The report is a valuable tool for component makers, device vendors, software developers, operators, carmakers and other stakeholders to support their future quarterly planning activities.


January 7, 2014 22:10 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.


January 6, 2014 22:12 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.

These are three key trends and important device models we have identified at the event on Day 1 (Monday):

1. The LG G Flex will launch in the US at 3 of the top 4 carriers this year (e.g. AT&T). This is a good win for LG, in its battles with Samsung and Apple. Curved phones are a useful differentiator for device vendors, as identified in this previous blog before CES.

2. The Alcatel Idol X+ is a feature-packed, 8-core phablet. Alcatel is clearly "stepping up" its product quality and pricing. As identified in this published report during 2013, Alcatel is little known in the US, but it is a rising global star and one to watch for 2014.

3. Wearables are creating a major buzz at the show. Smartwatches and smartglasses are the main products on offer. But there is definitely a long tail of other niche wearables emerging. Everything from smart-socks to smart-sneakers to smart-medical devices. Many of them will not catch on, of course, but it does illustrate how innovative the sector is right now. 

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


January 3, 2014 18:16 nmawston

Analysts from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) research service will be pounding the floors at the influential CES trade show in sunny Las Vegas, US, next week, from Sunday 5th to Thursday 9th January, 2014.

Mobile devices, such as smartphones, will be a huge part of the event. We will be blogging live from the show every day.

Here are three mega trends across the mobile device world we expect to see at CES 2014 and recommend clients / journalists focus on:

1. Wearables will be hot. Smartwatches, smartglasses and fitness bands are the "big 3" product types to prioritize. Look out for smart-contact-lenses as an added "sci-fi" bonus. Companies to visit will include Samsung, Sony, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Qualcomm and Vuzix.

2. Curved smartphones, like the LG G Flex, will fascinate. Curved phones will very soon outsell curved TVs. They are the first step on the industry's road to rollable touchscreens. Pioneering companies to visit will include Samsung and LG.

3. The rise of Chinese smartphone brands in the US market. The Chinese brands dominate China, and they have now set their sights on the valuable United States market. Major device makers with major American ambitions to visit will include ZTE, Huawei, Alcatel and Lenovo.

Who will NOT be at CES this year? Apple, of course, will be the missing piece in the jigsaw. But that is nothing new. Apple rarely appear at industry trade shows and they are influential enough to "do their own thing".

Please check back here, every day, to our blog pages next week for further blogs and daily updates from CES... What takes place in Vegas will NOT be staying in Vegas!