Handset Country Share Tracker

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

December 4, 2014 00:45 woh

According to the recently published report, Global LTE Handset Vendor Shipments by Country: Q3 2014, under our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, China has finally become the world's number one LTE handset market for the first time during Q3 2014, making the US slip to the 2nd position. China LTE handset market grew substantially by volume, up 140% sequentially, mainly driven by the growing influence of two rising stars, Oppo and Vivo, in the growing LTE segment in China.

The more detailed and extensive analysis, and LTE handset market share by vendor by country can be viewed here, available to our paid clients.


December 3, 2014 08:08 woh

India has become the world's 3rd largest smartphone market by volume, behind China and the United States as of Q3 2014, based on our recently published report, Global Smartphone Vendor Marketshare for 15 Countries: Q3 2014, under Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service. India's smartphone market is growing very rapidly, mainly boosted by the huge population, relatively lower smartphone penetration, many tech-savvy people, rising influence of local vendors and online channel, and many global smartphone vendors who are rushing into this big country looking for potentially economical success. We believe that the bulk of future growth in India's smartphone market will be coming from under retail $100 prices as there are myriads of price-sensitive users in India, looking for cheaper phones.

A lot of global and local vendors are prioritizing this price-tier, under retail $100 to gain traction and lead the market share. First of all, there are already not a few smartphones priced below $80 (retail) in the market, which are powered by Android and Firefox. These ultra-affordable smartphones with modest hardware specifications and services are accounting for almost half of all smartphones sold in India in 2014, according to our published report, BRIC Country Smartphone Revenues, ASPs & Price-Tier Forecasts: 2009 to 2020 under our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service. Second, Google is collaborating with leading Indian vendors such as Micromax, Karbonn and Spice, and already launched a few Android One smartphones from September at a retail $100 price. Google is widening its Android One partnerships now, and will be willing to cut the price below $100 to generate the bigger share in India.

Third, Microsoft (Nokia), which has not gained much success in India with its Windowsphone OS, is focusing on lower-priced segment with its Lumia 530/630 series. In addition, as Microsoft is giving out its OS for free for all sub-8" devices, we expect more smartphones under the retail $100 to hit the Indian market, mainly driven by Micromax, Karbonn and Lava. Fourth, Andriod players such as Xiaomi and Motorola are creating more presence in India, by providing the higher-specced phones at reasonably affordable price-points, at between $90 and $110 in retail pricing, mostly through online channels, making their price advantage stand out. Finally, Samsung, the king of global smartphone market, is reportedly set to fight back with its long-awaited Tizen-based smartphone. It is reportedly known that this Tizen OS smartphone will be launched in India in mid of December at around retail US$100 price, so we estimate that Samsung is ready to go head to head in this intensely competitive segment.

More detailed analysis on the growing Indian market and on the key to success in this important market is viewed at this report, India: The Next Big Smartphone Market in the Wake of China, available to our paid clients.


November 26, 2014 18:06 khyers

In three new reports Strategy Analytics Handset Country Share Tracker service examines the Q3 2014 handset vendor landscape for three of Western Europe's most important markets.  Each of these reports provide detailed views of the leading handset vendors and how they did in terms of handset shipments, growth, and how they performed with each of the key operators in each of these countries.

The French handset market grew by +1% against the same period one year ago, in keeping with the longer-term trend of slightly sluggish growth in the country. Among the vendors Samsung and Apple retained its top two spots while Samsung went through annual handset shipments decline and Apple grew YoY. This report tracks handset vendor market share at the four major French operators -- Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile -- from Q1 2009 to Q3 2014.

The German handset market shrank by -1% year-on-year in Q3 2014, continuing the longer-term trend of slightly slowing growth in the country. Among the vendors Samsung continued to retain its number one spot, but lost its annual market share a bit. Apple managed to keep its no.2 position for the eighth sequential quarter. Meanwhile Nokia, Sony and LG continued to compete for no.3 position. HTC didn't manage to grow its market share YoY while Motorola inched up its share every quarter by degrees. This report tracks quarterly handset vendor market share at the four major German operators -- T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2 and E-Plus -- from Q1 2009 to Q3 2014.

We estimate 9.1 million handsets were shipped in the UK in Q3 2014, remaining flat versus the year-ago quarter, impacted by sluggish operator subsidies and the overall growth pause of its handset markets. The UK handset market had been trending flat at best on an annual basis since 2010, and the first three quarters of 2014 experienced -1% YoY decline in spite of the deployment of next generation 4G LTE networks across the country's major operators and a general macroeconomic up-tick. This report tracks quarterly handset vendor market share at the four major UK operators -- EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three -- from Q1 2009 to Q3 2014.

Each of these reports are important tools for measuring the health of individual handset brands at the operator level.


November 24, 2014 05:11 woh

According to the recently published 'Japan Handset Vendor Market share by Operator in Q3 2014' under our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, Apple cemented its no. 1 position at Softbank and KDDI, the Japanese second and third biggest operators, in Q3 2014 due to the influential demand of its newly-launched larger-sized iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and iPhone 6+ (5.5 inch). Meanwhile, at NTT Docomo, the biggest operator in Japan, Sony kept the no.1 position, mainly due to strong demand for Xperia Z2, Z1 and A2. Apple, no.2 at NTT Docomo, remained lackluster in July and August, but the launch of the new iPhones in September gained robust market traction at NTT Docomo, too, closing the gap between Sony.

The report, available to our paid clients, can be viewed at this link, and covers handset shipments and marketshare for 17 vendors across the big 3 operators in Japan during the third quarter of 2014.


November 21, 2014 16:50 khyers

Global handset industry revenues grew +8% annually in Q3 2014 as Apple regained the largest position by revenue and led the pack in 3 regions. Samsung lost revenue share, but still maintained the largest vendor by volume in 5 regions, except North America. LG jumped into the third place for revenue this quarter. Xiaomi continues to generate decent value share, and OPPO and Huawei are also performing well. This report tracks quarterly global handset (mobile phone) revenues, ASPs and shipment metrics for 16 major vendors from 2007 to Q3 2014. Global revenue-share, shipment-share and ASP tracking for top vendors across 6 regions are also included. The Handset Country Share Tracker report Value Share: Global Handset Revenue & ASP by Vendor by Region Q3 2014 is a vital tool for monitoring the financial health and handset pricing of leading brands such as Samsung, Lenovo, ZTE and others across different regions.


November 21, 2014 14:18 khyers

After several quarters of declining or flat growth, handset shipments in the United States improved on a sequential and annual basis during Q3 2014. Apple and Samsung remain the top two brands, but they are at risk of losing traction to a resurgent LG and bullish ZTE at multiple carriers like AT&T. Meanwhile, HTC and Blackberry continued to struggle, due to weak portfolios. T Mobile was the standout operator, as its share of handset volumes is now at the highest level for four years.

The report USA Handset Vendor Marketshare by Operators Q3 2014 examines the performance of the key handset vendors in this key market. This extensive report tracks mobile handset shipments and vendor marketshare for 16 major vendors at the "big 4" operators in the United States on a quarterly basis from Q1 2009 to Q3 2014.  The report is available for clients of our Handset Country Share Tracker service.


November 20, 2014 14:25 khyers

The Chinese handset market today is the most active and competitive on earth.  The seemingly endless wave of emerging Chinese handset brands continues to expand. While some “established” Chinese vendors are struggling, other newer ones are booming. For example, Lenovo and Coolpad are fading fast at the moment, but rising-stars OPPO and Vivo have emerged swiftly to try to take their place. How big are OPPO and Vivo? What can major rivals -- such as Xiaomi or Samsung -- do to stop or slow their rise?

The report Ones to Watch: OPPO and Vivo examines the growth strategies of these two Chinese vendors and provides crucial analysis for competitors and operators as these two rising stars ride the Chinese handset wave.


November 14, 2014 01:25 woh

According to the recently published 'Global Handset Vendor Share in 15 Countries in Q3 2014', published under our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, Micromax ranks no.2 in handset market in India during Q3 2014, closing the gap against the leading vendor, Samsung. The market share difference between those two got narrowed to a record-low level in Q3 2014.

Asus, the Taiwanese handset vendor and better known for its laptop, desktop and server products, is slowly but meaningfully enhancing its handset market presence in several key countries including China, India and its home Taiwanese market based on its Zenfone and Padfone series. As this vendor is also aggressively shipping its handsets into other big markets such as Russia, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, it is expected that Asus is sure to keep up its handset market share in those countries in coming quarters.

The detailed analysis and marekt share on the 23 leading handset vendors in major 15 countries can be available to our paid clients, at this link.


November 12, 2014 08:39 woh

According to the recently published 'Global Smartphone Vendor Share for 15 Countries' under our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, Samsung captured the biggest smartphone market share in 11 countries out of 15 countries that we track every quarter. Apple became the no. 1 smartphone vendor in 3 countries including the US and Japan while Xiaomi became the largest smartphone vendor in China for the first time during Q3 2014.

The report, which tracks the leading 17 smartphone vendors, from tier-one vendors such as Samsung and Apple, to the rising vendors such as Oppo, Vivo and Gionee, in major 15 coutries acorss the globe can be available to our paid clients at this link.


November 10, 2014 16:58 nmawston

According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, China smartphone shipments grew +32% YoY to record levels in Q3 2014. A big shakeup in the China market is taking place. Xiaomi became the largest handset and smartphone vendor for the first time ever in the quarter. Xiaomi's rapid growth -- along with rising brands like Vivo and Oppo -- is harming established local rivals such as Lenovo, Coolpad and others. Our extensive report -- available to clients here -- contains handset and smartphone shipments and marketshare by multiple vendors and operating systems by quarter in China from Q1 2009 to Q3 2014. A forecast by smartphone vendor for Q4 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.