Market Monitor : Q4 2013 :: Handset & Smartphone Markets Landscape

Counterpoint Research team of Analysts have completed preliminary sizing of the global handset and smartphone market as few OEMs have already released their Q4 2013 performances. Following are our preliminary market share and rankings according to our quarterly Market Monitor service. The key highlights of the quarterly performances so far include: Market: Handset shipments to reach…

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and S3 Mini Topped the Sales Charts in Germany During 2013

The latest research from Counterpoint Research lists the bestselling mobile handsets for the Germany market for the full year 2013. Samsung dominated the charts strengthening its leading brand position in this important European market. Samsung Galaxy S4 and S3 mini grabbed the No. 1 and No. 2 spots for the best-selling handset rankings in Germany for the full year 2013. Samsung’s Galaxy…

Samsung’s Galaxy Smartphones Capture 50% of the Top 10 Bestselling models in France during 2013

According to Counterpoint Research’s latest research, the Galaxy S3 mini and Galaxy S4 topped the list of bestselling mobile handsets in France during the full year 2013. French consumers continue their love affair with Samsung’s mobile devices. France, for many years, has been one of the European market in which Samsung has performed the best. As a result, Samsung’s key models captured 4 of…

Top Mobile Devices Trends in 2014

Technologically speaking there has never been a dull year in mobile industry. Every year promises and brings in new technologies, disruptions, business models and lots of surprises and we hope 2014 will be another great year for mobile devices segment. Let's see what we expect to happen in 2014.   Multiple Cores are fine but where is the Memory? Dual Core processors will continue…

Top 10 Handsets in October

Apple’s iPhone 5s is the world's bestselling phone for two months in a row now According to Counterpoint's Monthly Market Pulse report for October 2013, Apple’s iPhone 5s continued to be the bestselling phone globally during October. iPhone 5s sales saw an upward sales momentum as Apple continued expansive roll-out for its flagship model thus further widening the gap with its arch rival’s…

Q3 2013 : Samsung Leads in 4 out of 5 Regions Globally in Mobile Phones

The worldwide mobile phones market grew 6% annually to reach a record third quarter shipments of 441 million units in Q3 2013 according to Counterpoint Research’s Quarterly Market Monitor Tracker. China, India followed by Latin America were the fastest growing mobile phones market in the world contributing to a healthier penultimate quarter of 2013 compared to last year. The overall positive…

Top 10 smartphones in September

Apple’s iPhone 5S is now the bestselling phone of the month In just 10 days of release Apple’s iPhone 5S became the bestselling phone in September. The Galaxy S4 came down from its reign of several months as it lost the position by a whisker. The Apple iPhone 5C also came in at fourth place.But Samsung’s line up was strong overall as 6 models were in the top 10 and 12 models were in the…

Moto G : Motorola’s Emerging Markets Play With Google At Heart

After almost a couple of years of efforts to revive the once popular "Razr" brand again (but  in the smartphone space) with limited success, Motorola the device company, was on the verge of a complete overhaul to survive in this cut-throat smartphone market. And all commenced with the launch of new colorful and customizable Moto X this summer infused with rejuvenated marketing, attitude and…

Nokia Becomes The Fourth Largest Smartphone Brand in USA in Q3 2013

After years of struggle in one of the most premium and important smartphone market in the world, USA, Nokia is finally seeing its smartphone strategy and hard work bearing fruits. During Q3 2013, Nokia became the fourth largest smartphone brand capturing a record high 4% market share in a market which is a virtual duopoly dominated by Apple & Samsung. According to our Market Monitor…

Top 10 phones in August: Galaxy S4 sales drop but still leads the pack

Galaxy S4 Sales continue to slump but the long tail Galaxy range makes up for it Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4 was the bestselling smartphone in August according to Counterpoint Research’s monthly model tracker. But sales are falling short of expectations as the sell-through dipped to 5 million unit level during the month. After hitting its peak in June with more than 7…

9 out of 10 Handsets Sold in China are Smartphones

Smartphone momentum continues in the world’s largest mobile market, China. According to the latest Monthly Market Pulse Report from Counterpoint Research, smartphone sales in China reached an all-time monthly high of 30 million units in August 2013. The smartphone penetration of the total handsets sold also reached a record high of 91% topping many developed markets such as USA which reached 87%…

Microsoft Acquires Nokia :: Integration, Marketing & Business Model Rejuvenation Will Be The Key

Surprising end to the US Labor Day weekend as Microsoft announced its next big strategic move in mobile space to acquire the world’s second largest handset supplier Nokia at the end of Q2 2013 according to Counterpoint Research’s Market Monitor service. The long speculated “possible acquisition” of Nokia by Microsoft finally hit the papers as Microsoft drummed is renewed ‘strategic need’ of…

Smartphone share by region in Q1

Samsung leads the smartphone market in all regions except North America Counterpoint Technology Market Research (Counterpoint Research hereafter), the go to source of smartphone market data, has released its regional smartphone data and forecast for the first quarter of 2013. Global smartphone leader Samsung again leads in all major regions except North America. North America remains…

February smartphone market share indicates Samsung will have another record quarter

Counterpoint Technology Market Research (Counterpoint Research hereafter), a pioneer in smartphone market data, has published its monthly report of the global smartphone market which analyzes and aggregates data from 25 markets globally to get the pulse of the market. Some key takeaways - Samsung is selling close to 25 million smartphones a month. We expect it to sell more than 70 million…

Q4 2012 Handset Value Share: Preliminary

Just two companies take 95% of the profits in the mobile handset industry: Apple and Samsung.   Counterpoint Research has released its preliminary Q4 2012 mobile handset and smartphone results. The most stunning part is that Samsung took 25% of the industry profit while Apple took 70%. Leaving a tiny 5% to share among the other 100+ handset vendors. As 4Q 2012 results roll in…

Samsung: the Toyota of Mobile Devices

Samsung – from fast-follower to first-mover. There has been a lot of talk over the last week with Samsung increasing its share in the market even beyond Nokia. This was the final but necessary blow to Nokia’s multi-decade-old leadership in the mobile industry. It’s actually interesting to see that there are few people who ask the very obvious question: how did that happen?Samsung’s…

Samsung dominates in almost all markets, strength grows in the Premium

  Our August report reveals the numbers behind last month's handset market. Samsung takes 23% of the global market while Nokia and Apple fall behind, again. We estimate the August market to have been dominated by Samsung once more as rivals fall behind in lack of new compelling smartphones. We find in the analysis that Samsung’s strengths are derived from its unique and powerful…

Handset Market in July 2012

  The demand in the handset market during July 2012 shrunk compared to June. We measure demand as the amount of handsets sold through the retail channel to subscribers, which is sell through or sell out volume. Due to weak demand in Europe and North America along with the stagnant market in Developing Regions overall Global demand was weak.Typical seasonality in July is 10% higher than June…