Wireless Smartphone Strategies

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September 20, 2014 06:20 lsui

According to the latest report from our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service: Global Smartphone Sales Forecast for 88 Countries : 2007 to 2020, global smartphone sales will grow +13% in 2015, offseting the slowdown in feature phones.

Asia Pacific will remain the growth driver, accounting for half of global volumes in 2015. China and US will remain the largest smartphone sales countries through 2015. India will surpass the US to become the 2nd larget market by 2019. Central Latin America and Africa Middle East will see strong smartphone growth through 2020 and play a role as a new growth engine for the global market.

The world's top 20 countries will account for 8 in 10 of global smartphone volumes in 2015.

July 24, 2014 02:49 woh

According to the recently published report from Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service, global smartphone user base is expected to get close to 2.5 billion by the close of 2015. By region term, Asia Pacific is estimated to account for a lion's share, mainly boosted by a growing number of smartphone users in emerging markets including China, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam in addition to two established smartphone countries, South Korea and Japan. Smartphone user base for 88 countries in 6 continents are covered in this report.

The report is also forecasting the global smartphone user population penetration to figure out the ratio of smartphone ownership out of population and the global smartphone user household penetration to understand the propotion of active users per every single household for 88 countries through 2020.

October 31, 2013 15:30 sbicheno

According to the latest research from our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service, global smartphone shipments reached 251 million units in the third quarter of 2013. The Android operating system reached a new record of 81 percent global share, mainly at the expense of BlackBerry and Apple. Microsoft Windows Phone doubled its marketshare and it is currently the world’s fastest growing major smartphone platform.

Global smartphone shipments grew 45 percent annually from 172.8 million units in Q3 2012 to 251.4 million in Q3 2013. Growth was driven by robust demand for Android and Microsoft models in developed and developing markets, notably Europe and Asia.

Android’s domination of global smartphone shipments reached a new peak in Q3 2013, with four out of every five smartphones now running Google’s OS. Android’s gain came mainly at the expense of BlackBerry, which saw its global smartphone share dip from 4 percent to 1 percent in the past year due to a weak line-up of BB10 devices. Apple also lost some ground to Android because of its limited presence at the lower end of the smartphone market. Android will need to take further shipments from Apple if it wants to keep growing in the future, but this is unlikely in the near-term as the new iPhone 5s model is proving popular and it will help Apple to regain volumes worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Microsoft shipped more than 10 million smartphones worldwide in a single quarter for the first time ever in its history during Q3 2013. Microsoft has doubled its global smartphone marketshare from 2 percent to 4 percent in the past year. Microsoft grew its smartphone shipments by 178 percent annually in Q3 2013 and it is currently the world’s fastest growing major smartphone platform. Microsoft’s growth is almost entirely due to Nokia and its steadily improving Lumia portfolio across Europe, Asia and the United States. However, Microsoft is clearly still at a low level of share worldwide and it is struggling to gain serious traction in several major markets like Japan, South Korea and Africa.

Exhibit 1: Global Smartphone OS Shipments and Market Share in Q3 2013

Global Smartphone Operating System Shipments (Millions of Units)

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Global Smartphone Operating System Marketshare  %

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Total Growth Year-over-Year %






Source: Strategy Analytics



The full report, Microsoft Hits 10 Million for First Time as Android Reaches Record 81 Percent Share of Global Smartphone Shipments in Q3 2013, is available to subscribers of Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service now.

May 28, 2013 11:47 nmawston

Tizen OS is being heavily supported by Samsung and others as an alternative smartphone platform to Android. Is Tizen a credible Android challenger? Or will it be a "Bada 2.0" flop? Extensive analysis and Tizen smartphone forecasts for 88 countries can be downloaded by clients in this published report, from our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service.

May 28, 2013 11:45 nmawston

Ubuntu OS is being hyped as an emerging smartphone platform that could be a long-term alternative to Android. What opportunities and threats does the Ubuntu OS face? Will it be low-cost enough and have a decent services ecosystem? Extensive analysis and forecasts for 88 countries can be downloaded by clients in this published report, from our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service.

May 28, 2013 11:42 nmawston

Apple iOS has reached a fork in the strategic road. Should Apple continue along its current path and do nothing? Or should Apple downscale and upscale into smaller and bigger screens? Extensive analysis and forecasts of Apple iOS sales for 88 countries can be downloaded by clients in this published report, from our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service.

January 7, 2013 08:06 nmawston

The United States is the world's most influential smartphone market. Chinese vendors are keen to crack the US, particularly Huawei and ZTE. Both firms have single-digit marketshare there right now; they would like to make it double-digit. Beyond cutting prices of their devices, what do Huawei and ZTE need to do to crack the US smartphone market? This published report, available to clients of our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service, analyzes the situation and provides recommendations for both firms.

January 7, 2013 08:03 nmawston

According to our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service, Italy will be the world's 11th largest smartphone market in 2013. It is broadly similar in size to France. With LTE emerging on the horizon, there is scope for change. Which smartphone platforms dominate? How popular is Apple? What is the penetration of smartphones, and how much growth is left? More analysis can be donwloaded by clients here,