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…

Role of IoT Cellular Module in transformation from M2M to IoT to IIoE

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 Innings 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…

Is the Galaxy Note 8 the New Aspirational Android Smartphone?

Counterpoint Research attended the Samsung Unpacked Note 8 launch event held in New York City. Typical of recent Samsung events, the launch was…

Chinese Brands Propelling Growth Outside China

Global smartphone shipments grew 3% YoY in Q2 2017. The market continues to grow in single digits with the second half of 2017 expected to add…

Q2 2017: Apple: Operating Margins Dip to 2009 Levels

Apple reported its calendar Q2 2017 (Apr-Jun) results and on the 10th Year Anniversary of iPhone, the overall results followed the typical cyclic…

iPhone :: A Decade of Billions

On June 29th 2007, Apple first begin selling its then iconic smartphone the "iPhone" which with multiple iterations transformed Apple into one of the…

LTE smartphones share of installed smartphone base grew 3X annually in India

Next 150 Million users are estimated to take half the time as VoLTE feature phones will be bringing LTE to lower price points. For Q2 2017,…

Samsung, Apple Slip in China as Domestic Brands Rule

Smartphones shipments in China grew a modest 3% annually during Q2 2017 (Apr-Jun), registering second consecutive quarter of annual growth this year.…

T-Mobile Continues to Roll Through 2017

First to report of the major US carriers, T-Mobile looks to remain ahead of the pack on phone net adds both this quarter and for the rest of the…

JioPhone: Accelerating India to Cross The 4G Chasm

The most disruptive 4G operator in India Jio, part of Reliance Industries, announced a category of 4G Feature Phone "JioPhone" which is essentially…