The Rise of AI: One in Three Smartphones Will Be AI Capable in 2020

Over Half a Billion Smartphones Will Be Shipped with Out-of-the-Box On-Board AI Capabilities According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s…

Huawei joins Apple in launching AI-capable smartphones

Huawei today launched its Mate-10 series of smartphones at a high profile event in Munich, Germany. That it chose to do so on a day that was declared…

Kakao Bank

How a Messaging App Challenged Traditional Banks and Captured 45% of the Market

How KakaoBank is bringing innovation to the banking industry, at last Messaging platform KakaoTalk has successfully entered the banking industry in…

Why Vietnamese smartphone brands are losing out to Foreign smartphone brands

The Vietnamese smartphone market grew by 11% YoY in H1 2017. We expect the market to continue heating up in the second half thanks to the appearance…

Apple holds 65% of the handset profit share during Q2 2017

Global mobile handset profit pool declined 10% YoY during Q2 2017. The main reasons were an increase in the mix of cheaper iPhone models, the growth…

Google Launches a Suite of Hardware Focusing on Melding AI, SW, and HW

Google held their annual hardware launch event in San Francisco today.  The launch event was much more than a Pixel smartphone update.  It was an…

Fingerprint Sensor is Becoming Standard Feature in Smartphones

More than one billion fingerprint sensor enabled smartphones will be shipped in 2018. The fingerprint sensor is likely to become the standard choice…

Back to Basics: connectivity during disasters

During the past month, the Americas have been hit by a significant number of natural disasters.  Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods have left a trail…

AI Integration, a New Era in Smartphone SoC

Apple unveiled its A11 Bionic SoC (System-On-Chip) with the launch of its new iPhone. The A11 chip has an embedded AI (Artificial Intelligence) unit…

Google-HTC Deal: Make or Break For Both’s Smartphone Ambitions

We have extensively followed HTC since its Windows Mobile heyday, more than a decade ago, and when it was more of an ODM (Original Design…

Sierra Wireless and Gemalto Lead the IoT Cellular Modules Market

Cellular connectivity is the backbone to drive secure connection of different devices to the internet across different verticals. The role of…

Huawei overtakes Apple as world’s second-biggest smartphone maker

Huawei has surpassed Apple in global smartphone sales consistently for June and July. With August sales looking strong for the Chinese vendor, a…

2017 Spreadtrum Global Partner Conference highlights new strategy

Counterpoint attended Spreadtrum’s Global Partner Conference on August 15th. We’ve been tracking Spreadtrum for several years and this event helped…

Mobile Security: The Upcoming Epidemic

Why Mobile security? We are increasingly storing personal and professional data on our Smartphones these days.  And, as we predicted in our blog…

Google Android One’s Second Inning Begins with Xiaomi

Xiaomi today announced Mi A1 at a global launch event in New Delhi. One of the major highlight of the launch was Xiaomi's partnership with Google and…

INFOGRAPHIC: Q2-2017 | MOBILE MARKET MONITOR

Our Q2-2017 Market Monitor report has been published. We release one Infographic in each quarter to summarize the handset and smartphone market…

Foxconn Leaving Brazil?

  In February 2011, Apple-Foxconn announced that it would set up a plant to produce “Made in Brazil” Apple smartphones and tablets.  This…

Fujitsu to sell its handset business – will there be more to follow?

Fujitsu to sell its handset business – will there be more to follow? Rumors are spreading that Japan's Fujitsu has decided to sell its subsidiary…