Wireless Device Strategies

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October 22, 2014 10:15 nmawston

Qualcomm, one of the world's largest component makers, is starting to promote 4K content and 4K video-recording for cellphones in 2015 (e.g. see page 7 of this published Qualcomm report). Device vendors and component builders are keen to sell more 4K phones next year because the integrated technology can differentiate their brands and raise average selling prices. Consumers are certainly interested in 4K phones, but relatively high costs, limited 4K content, and slightly confusing marketing ("what is 4K") are challenges for the category in the near-term. A forecast for global 4K phone sales by region through 2020, from our WDS (Devices) service, can be downloaded by clients at this link.


September 18, 2014 11:50 nmawston

At a recent event in London, UK, Motorola outlined its plans to re-attack the Western European cellphone market in the second half of 2014. The vendor is launching four new flagship products -- two phones, one Bluetooth headset and a smartwatch. However, some products, like the Moto 360, are far from perfect, and Motorola clearly has some way to go to fully recover in the European arena. Additional analysis of Motorola's European prospects in 2015 can be downloaded by clients of our WDS (Devices) reserach service here.


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.


February 21, 2014 18:42 khyers

Clients of Strategy Analytics' device services are invited to join us for a complimentary webinar at 4:00pm London -time (11:00 AM EST / 8:00 AM PST) on Tuesday 4th March, 2014, where we will present a post-Mobile World Congress analysis of the most important device news from MWC 2014. Please click this link to register you or a colleague.

Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, is the most important mobile industry trade show of the year, where vendors, operators and the rest of the industry meet to present their strategic visions and flagship products. Strategy Analytics’ device analysts will be at MWC 2014 and will meet with the leading smartphone vendors, carriers and component makers.

Following MWC 2014, we will present to clients an after-show review of the most important topics from the event. We will share our analysis of what those topics mean for the industry and individual companies. Attend this complimentary webinar to analyze the most important new 4G smartphone launches, the hottest wearable brands, and how new operating systems like Firefox plan to challenge Android and Apple iOS.


January 8, 2014 20:54 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 blogs from Day 1 (Monday) and Day 2 (Tuesday) can be viewed here and here.

These are three key trends and important device models we have identified at the event on Day 3 (Wednesday):

1. Phablets are everywhere at the show. They are not a new trend, but they are a growing trend. The rise of the phablet in the US surely means Apple cannot hold back the tide for much longer and it will have to finally launch a 5-inch iPhone worldwide later this year. Samsung, LG, Nokia and other phablet leaders will be looking nervously over their shoulders.

2. Bluetooth remains as popular as ever, from speakers to tablets. It is a great wirefree technology that deserves more credit for its success. Attractive new Bluetooth products continue to be developed, such as Monster's DNA Pro Wireless stereo headphones for high-end consumers. This over-the-ear model may come to challenge the best-in-class Parrot Zik.

3. Sony delivered this week its SmartWear strategy for 2014. It showcased a fitness band and a fitness app for Xperia smartphones. Sony is clearly getting into lifestyle wearables in a big way. However, we caution that Sony's limited mobile presence in the "big two" countries of the US and China, where demand will be greatest, could put a cap on its global ambitions.

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!


November 26, 2013 16:59 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, global TD-SCDMA cellphone shipments doubled annually to overtake the sunsetting CDMA market in volume terms for the first time ever during the third quarter of 2013. Huge demand for low-cost TD-SCDMA models in China, from companies like Lenovo and Coolpad, is driving this milestone. More analysis and data can be downloaded by clients here.


November 21, 2013 00:16 lsui

Our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) services recently published the report : Global Handset Distribution by Channle by Region. It forecast handset distribution flows by 7 channels for 6 major regions and 3 key countries from 2012 to 2017.

We forecast pure e-commerce retailers (e.g. Amazon, eBay, Jingdong etc.) to grow fastest from 2012 to 2017, increasing the global volume by +248% during the period. China led the pack with the higest pure e-commerce presence of 10% in 2014, way above the global average of 4%. We believe Jingdong and Taobao T-Mall are among the largest e-retailers in China. Improved broadband / mobile broadband coverage, competitve pricing position and marketing promotions, as well as enhanced online shopping experiences, are the key drivers behind the surging online players.

WDS clients: please click here to access the full report.


November 12, 2013 17:57 sbicheno

Global handset shipments reached 420 million units during the third quarter of 2013, up 8% annually. Asia, North America and Central & Latin America were the world's fastest-growing regions, with Samsung, Apple and LG driving volumes higher. Coolpad, Lenovo and Alcatel registered the highest global growth, as the rise of the Chinese vendors continued, but Samsung achieved the impressive landmark of becoming the leading handset vendor in all global regions for the first time. Subscribers to Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Device Strategies service can access the full breakdown of global handset shipments, split by vendor and region, here.


June 6, 2013 19:34 swaltzer

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, mobile phone wholesale (trade) revenues in India will grow by 17% in 2014. This is faster than the global average. Solid mobile phone volumes and rising wholesale prices due to a 3G boom will drive revenues higher.  More analysis and forecasts can be viewed by clients here