Handset Country Share Tracker

A vital tracking tool for helping companies measure the success of competitors and partners in their local markets.

July 15, 2014 03:30 woh

Global smartphone vendors with international brand awareness, such as Samsung and Apple, have long dominated the global smartphone market. But the past few years have seen a swift rise in 'locally-FOCUSED' smartphone vendors, such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo in China, Micromax and Karbonn in India, Wiko in France, BQ in Spain, Cherry Mobile in the Philippines, iMobile in Thailand, Smartfren in Indonesia, Symphony in Bangladesh and Q mobile in Pakistan.

Our recently published report, in our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, available to clients, analyzes who the local main players are in multiple countries, why they are growing, and what international brands can do to stop them from moving forward.


July 1, 2014 23:44 swaltzer

Subscribers can now view the replay and slides of our recent webinar on Strategy Analytics' newly upgraded My Dashboards Tool. See 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 27, 2014 04:06 woh

During this year's Google I/O event, unsurprisingly, Google announced a lot of appealing hardwares, softwares and services such as Andriod L supporting 64bit processing, Gear Live, G watch and Moto 360 smartwatches based on Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV and Android One. These are all fantastic achievements over what Google and its partners have done for the past years. Among all these gifts from Google, it might be worth taking another look at Google Android One program, which is designed to help smartphone manufacturers design and build high-performing smartphones at lower prices under US$100 based on Stock Android. Google has been teaming up with many different device partners such as HTC, Samsung and LG to create the reference Android-powered smartphones targeting mid to high-tier price range, but this time Google decided to launch a new program to help more affordable, but high-quality smartphones available at many developing countries starting with India, under its control.

As the first step, Google is working with three Indian vendors, Micromax, Karbonn and Spice to build Android One powered smartphones for Indian market from the second half of this year. As the published report under our HCST (Handset Country Share Tracker) service tracks the smartphone market in India, these three vendors have meaningful market shares in their home country and are growing very fast based on the very small smartphone penetration in India. The Android One initiative will be likely to throw some impact on Samsung, Microsoft/Nokia, LG, Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese vendors who are also looking at the entry-tier segment in India to grow their respective market shares. We believe that it would make sense for many players to target this low-price sector in India as our report, published by WSS (Wireless Smartphone Strategies) service, estimates that this market below the wholesale price of US$99 in India is expected to account for 45% of total smartphones sold in India in 2014.

While the target market is a little lower than Android One, Mozilla is also trying to announce a few ultra-low firefox-operated smartphones at US$25 this fall under the Indian brand from Intex and Spice. Android One, Microsoft/Nokia's Nokia X/X2 project, Mozilla and other smartphone vendors equipped with affordable smartphones are going to compete fiercely neck and neck with each other for more vendor and value share in emerging markets. In a nutshell, India and the developing markets will be able to enjoy more diversity and variety when stopping by retail shops or operator channels to look for their first-time smartphones or cheaper ones from the latter half of this year.


June 19, 2014 23:32 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.


June 18, 2014 18:07 lsui

In the newly published report : Global Smartphone Shipments by Family / Model : Q1 2014 from our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) services, Apple iPhone 5S ranked the top one with volume share of 9% in Q1 2014. iPhone 4S ranked the second slot with nearly 4% volume share this quarter.

Samsung Galaxy series still maintained the top-selling family worldwide, but premium tier model Galaxy S4 and Note 3 slipped on the list and saw declined volume share this quarter. In contrast, mid tier mode Gand II and Trend series outperformanced the above two premium tier flagship models driven by the healthy demand in emering markets.

Xiaomi is rising quickly, its Redmi (Hongmi) phone jumped into the top 9 slot, up from the tenth position last quarter.

Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) clients please click here to access the full report.


June 10, 2014 11:36 nmawston

According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, global LTE phone shipments grew +93% annually in Q1 2014. The US, South Korea, Japan and Europe continued to witness rapid 4G growth, while new-entrant China has quickly established itself as the second-largest LTE market. Dozens of LTE handset models from Samsung, Apple, LG, Sony, Nokia and others are now flooding the market. The United States remains by far the world's largest LTE country, boosted by robust carrier subsidies. This extensive published report, avauilable to clients, tracks global LTE handset shipments and vendor marketshare for 17 major vendors in 5 major LTE countries from Q1 2012 through Q1 2014.


June 2, 2014 07:07 woh

Our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service recently published the Japanese Handset Vendor Share by Operator Report for Q1 2014, and we tracked that Apple took the top spot at all three big operators, NTT Docomo, SoftBank and KDDI in Q1 2014. Apple competed with Sony, neck and neck at NTT Docomo, but demonstrated invincible performance at both SoftBank and KDDI.

It would be worth noting that ZTE, a Chinese handset maker, keeps maintaining the 3rd largest handset vendor at SoftBank since Q2 2013, based on the steady sales of its specialized feature phones for kids. This report, available to our paid clients, tracks 17 handset vendors' marketshare by quarter at all major mobile operators in Japan.


June 2, 2014 01:46 woh

According to our latest published reports from HCST (Handset Country Share Tracker) service in Q1 2014, Wiko, a fastest rising French mobile handset maker became no.3 in both handset and smartphone vendor share in France in Q1 2014, followed by Samsung and Apple. Strategy Analytics has internally tracked this company for the past several quarters, and started to officially include it in our handset vendor share report for 15 countries and smartphone one for 15 countries from Q1 2014.

Our 15 country reports, which are available to our paid clients, will also provide the vendors dynamics in 15 countries, showing how Samsung, Apple, Nokia/Microsoft, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Xiaomi, Coolpad, Sony, ZTE, TCL-Alcatel, HTC and several other vendors played in terms of their global and country-level performance in Q1 2014.


May 2, 2014 16:33 nmawston

According to new research from our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, China smartphone shipments grew +39% YoY to record levels in Q1 2014. Samsung remained in first place, followed by Lenovo. Meanwhile, Xiaomi pushed into the top 3 rankings for the first time ever, due to multiple popular new models. Coolpad solidified its position thanks to healthy demand for LTE phones. Our published report, available to download by clients here, contains handset and smartphone shipments and marketshare by multiple vendors and operating systems by quarter in China from Q1 2009 to Q1 2014. A forecast by smartphone vendor for Q2 2014 is also included. The report is a valuable tool for stakeholders wishing to track the China market, the world's largest by volume and revenue.


May 2, 2014 15:22 sbicheno

Apple achieved 17% shipment growth of its iPhone smartphone family in Q1 2014, thanks largely to strong shipments of the new flagship iPhone 5s model, according to new research from Strategy Analytics’ Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service.

Having been supply-constrained in Q4 2013 - its first full quarter of availability - the iPhone 5s faced a better supply situation in Q1 2014, enabling Apple to more fully fulfil demand for its new flagship, as well as accommodate latent demand from the previous quarter. In contrast, shipments of the cheaper iPhone 5c were considerably lower, while those of the two-year-old iPhone 4S were stronger than accepted.

All this implies that consumers are likely to either chose the latest flagship, or the lowest-priced iPhone available, calling into question the viability of launching a new model that offers insufficient price differentiation from the flagship. Apple must now once more consider whether the launch of a significantly cheaper iPhone has strategic merit.