HTC: From Riches to Rags

HTC today announced its preliminary revenues for August 2015 and as expected it was not rosy and hit the lowest level ever, and this is far from…

Intel at IFA – evolving computing but quiet on smartphones

Intel held a characteristically demo-rich press conference at IFA on September 2nd. Intel formally announced the sixth generation of its Core series…

Why Messaging & E-Commerce Platforms are Converging in Strategies?

There is a parallel trend where the new wave of social networks which are gaining popularity (e.g. Whatsapp, Line, WeChat, Kakao Talk) share a common…

Why Microsoft still has (a lot of) work to do…

I want to like Microsoft I really do. It's gone from the 'evil empire' to plucky challenger (well, almost). But every now and then you run into a…

The Future is HERE & Brighter For The Location Industry

Nokia today announced the sale of its HERE location and mapping business unit to a Consortium formed by German Automaker BMW-Audi-Daimler for EUR 2.8…

TSMC: Apple Ramps But Revenue Growth Still Slows Down

We have been following the performance of t he world's leading foundry and previously highlighted its importance to track performance of the key…

Q2 2015: Apple :: China Revenues Double Annually

Apple reported its FYQ3 or CYQ2 results for 2015, some key highlights were: Apple generated almost US$ 50 Billion in revenues up 33% YoY. Operating…

Q2 2015: Verizon :: AOL Acquisition Timely As LTE Base Broadens

One of the top two US operators, Verizon announced its results today seeing some interesting growth in a what used to be a traditionally slow…

Is China’s economic slowdown Affecting Alibaba?

China’s economic growth is marginally slowing down, as per China’s National Bureau of Statistic accumulated GDP growth slowed down 9.4% growth rate…

Micromax scaling up its “Make in India” portfolio

At the beginning of July 2015, Counterpoint Research was invited for a visit to the Micromax local assembling operations in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand.…

Jolla & Intex Launches A ‘Snapdeal Phone’ in India

As we have highlighted previously in our insights two key trends which are disrupting the incumbent mobile value chain players from operators to…

Microsoft: writing down, but not writing-off

Microsoft announced on 8th July it is writing down the value of its Nokia Devices and Services acquisition by $7.6 billion and making a further 7,800…

China Mobile: 4G Leapfrogging 3G Growth By a Margin

China Mobile is the world's largest mobile operator with more than 816 million mobile subscribers almost bigger than all subscribers in…

Q2 2015: Chinese Brands Dominate As Huawei Becomes The Third Largest Mobile Phone Brand Globally For the First Time

Counterpoint Research team of Analysts have completed preliminary sizing of the global handset and smartphone market as few OEMs have already…

First Things First – Father’s day in Latin America

June 21st is Father’s day for all top LATAM (Latin America) markets, except Brazil which is in August.     This day has traditionally been a big date…

Evolving Business Models – HaaD – Hardware As A Distribution Model

The mobile hardware industry has evolved  from the then elephant in the room and vertically integrated Nokia's dominance in the 2000 decade to rise…

Elop: a canary in a coal mine?

Microsoft announced a reorganization on 17th June that will see Stephen Elop depart the company. The devices business that he was running will be…

On Sale Now: Tesco Mobile

Tesco is putting its share of MVNO Tesco Mobile up for sale. Tesco Mobile is the UK's largest Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) with around 4…