Wireless Smartphone Strategies

The industry’s most comprehensive set of critical market statistics and qualitative analysis, tracking and reporting on smartphones.

May 28, 2012 17:49 sbicheno

Korean technology giant Samsung overtook Nokia to become the number one smartphone vendor in China in Q1 2012. This achievement took on extra significance as China cemented its position as the world’s largest smartphone market by volume, way ahead of the US in second place.

Nokia’s share of the Chinese market fell sharply due to the continued rapid decline in popularity of the Symbian platform, and it’s no coincidence that another strong performer in the 2012 Chinese smartphone market was Apple, with domestic brands Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and Coolpad also going from strength to strength. This published report, available for download by clients to our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service, tracks the Chinese smartphone market by vendor.


May 16, 2012 21:06 David Kerr

Global handset sales will grow +6% in 2013. Asia Pacific will remain by far the largest region, accounting for 5 in 10 of all volumes worldwide. The six largest countries globally, such as China, will make up half of total handset sales. India will soon overtake the United States as the world's second largest country by volume, illustrating how important developing markets have become.

This report forecasts global handset sales for 88 countries worldwide from 2002 to 2017. Almost every major country worldwide is covered, including United States, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and many others. This report can be used by operators, software developers, content developers, handset vendors, component makers, car manufacturers and other stakeholders to determine or prioritize the size and growth rate of the huge global handset market.

Asia Pacific will be by far the world's largest region in 2013, accounting for 45% of all volumes worldwide.

Key questions answered in this report include:

What are the top 10 handset countries worldwide today and in 2017?

How big is the illegitimate gray market?

How many countries have annual handset shipments above 30M?

What are the fastest growing African markets?

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May 11, 2012 09:03 nmawston

Global smartphone shipments grew +43% year-on-year in Q1 2012. The growth was almost entirely due to the popularity of Android and Apple’s iOS, which now account for a record 8 in 10 of all volumes. Blackberry OS fell to its lowest global marketshare level since 2006, while Microsoft showed emerging signs of life. This published report, available for download by clients to our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service, tracks global smartphone operating system shipments and marketshare on a quarterly basis from 2009 to Q1 2012.

May 4, 2012 23:32 nmawston

Cloud phones are emerging as a new subcategory of mobile handsets that leverage always-on cloud connectivity to make the device smarter. The segment is being driven by the evolution of next-generation LTE 4G network technology, the development of innovative cloud-based services, and progress in platforms and associated ecosystems. We have assessed, and re-assessed, some of the early momentum in the cloud phone space and identified companies to watch, as well as obstacles to overcome, as cloud phones quietly become a reality. More details can be viewed by clients in this published report from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service.

May 4, 2012 23:15 nmawston

Motorola shipped 9 million mobile phones worldwide in Q1 2012, down 2% annually. The vendor continues to grow relatively well in emerging markets, but developed markets remain challenging. However, one sub-segment where Motorola is starting to outperform is in the LTE handset market of the United States.The United States is the world's most important 4G market, and it is encouraging news for Motorola to have gotten off to such a solid start, with models like the Razr Maxx. Where has Motorola's growth been gained? In a nutshell, it has been won from HTC. More details can be viewed by clients in this published report from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service.