The 6 Key Questions Answered from the Apple-Qualcomm Settlement

What did Apple and Qualcomm agree on? Apple will pay Qualcomm a one-time lump sum amount. The number was not made public, but Qualcomm noted there will be $2.00 per share additional earnings for the year (as products ramp). It is a sizeable payment as Apple and its contract manufacturers have not paid Qualcomm for two years during this running dispute. The companies also agreed upon a…

Apple Maintains Lead in Premium Smartphone Segment, OnePlus Enters Top Five Brands for the First Time in 2018

Apple continues to lead global premium smartphone segment by capturing more than half of the market while OnePlus entered the top five brands in the premium segment for the first time ever in 2018 as competition intensified in the global premium smartphone segment**. The segment grew faster than the global smartphone market, according to Counterpoint Research’s Market Monitor 2018 service. The…

Qualcomm Enters Data Center Inference Market with AI Cloud 100 Family

Qualcomm's AI Day came with a slew of new launches and announcements, all focused on expanding the company’s reach and AI strategy. Among other things, the company debuted their newest Snapdragon 655, 730, and 730G chips, gave partners such as Facebook and Microsoft a chance to present their AI strategy, and introduced its AI Cloud 100 Family. Deemed a soft launch rather than a full-on product…

Taiwan is Key to Google’s Smartphone, IoT, AI, and Data Center Ambitions

With the announcement of a new office situated in T-Park in New Taipei City, Google continues to expand its presence in Taiwan. The new workplace, designed to accommodate over 4,000 employees, nearly doubles the company’s existing capacity. It will be operational by the end of 2020 and be the principal hardware development center globally. Back in 2012, Google launched the Changhua Taiwan…

Qualcomm Brings Advanced AI, Gaming and Imaging Prowess to Snapdragon 6 & 7 Series Platforms

Growth in the global smartphone market declined annually for the first time ever in 2018. This was primarily due to the lengthening replacement cycles in key geographies such as the US, China, and parts of Europe. At the same time, there is also a gradual shift among entry-level (sub-US$100) smartphone users towards mid-tier (US$100-US$250) and high-tier (US$250-US$400) smartphones in 2018. In…

Google Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T Sales Driven by Previous Samsung Owners in Q4 2018

Both the devices have failed to swing iOS users over to Android. Over 80% of Pixel 3’s volumes are coming from previous Android smartphone owners.    San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul April 4, 2019 Over one-third of consumers who bought the Google Pixel 3 and the OnePlus 6T, during Q4 2018, were previous Samsung owners, according to Counterpoint Research’s…

Smart and Connected-MG Motors Raises Bar for Fully Connected Cars in India

At possibly the most awaited car launch for 2019, MG Motor India (MG), a subsidiary of China’s SAIC Motor, introduced its upcoming MG Hector as an 'Internet Car’. Through a larger than life stage set-up, at its launch event titled ‘Drive.in’, MG Motor replicated the inside of an SUV to demonstrate the possibilities offered by a connected car. The soon-to-be-launched MG Hector is powered by…

Silver Linings in the Gloomy Chinese Smartphone Market

It is a grim time for smartphone sales in China. The largest smartphone market in the world has been on a constant decline since Q4 2017, according to data from Counterpoint’s Market Pulse service. Recovery seems to be difficult as consumers’ replacement cycles are getting longer, and smartphones have already penetrated over 96% of the market. However, even in this difficult time in the…

Dancing in the Dark – Huawei P30 Series Launch

Huawei today launched the, much leaked, P30 series. The P series forms part of a co-flagship range together with the Mate series. The Mate tends to receive a spec focus while the P series is oriented more toward specific benefits, in recent releases these have been squarely in photography. As with the Mate series there is also an emphasis on design and performance. The standout feature of the…

Global Electric Vehicle Car Sales to Reach 2 Million Units in 2019

Electric vehicle car sales demonstrating growth in most regions of the world. Over 10 million electric vehicles expected to be sold annually by 2025. March 23, 2019 With electric vehicles cars (EVs) evolving to more advanced, reliable and affordable options in the automotive market, global sales are expected to grow to around 2 million units in 2019, up from 1.2 million units in 2017, the…

50 Million Global Street Lights Expected to Be Connected by 2023

Street lighting forms the largest network of powered devices in the world. As they get digitized and fitted with sensors and control technologies, street lighting networks will be the core of smart cities. Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego March 21, 2019 Governments around the world are aiming to make their cities smart. In other words, they want to leverage…

Introducing Stadia, Google’s New Streaming Game Service

The Announcement Today at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, Google announced a new platform called Stadia. Stadia is a cloud-based gaming service that will run on Google’s custom GPUs powered by AMD to deliver a cross-platform gaming experience for those running Chrome browsers, Chromecast, and Pixel devices. The service is set to launch at some point in 2019 starting in USA,…

Average Storage Capacity in Smartphones to Cross 80GB by End-2019

The era of 1TB storage in smartphones has begun. Samsung has introduced the Galaxy S10 Plus with 1TB NAND flash memory, which is the highest storage specification of the Galaxy S10 series released this March. Strictly speaking, the Galaxy S10 Plus is not the world's first 1TB smartphone, but it is the first mainstream smartphone to be launched with such high storage. Last May, the Chinese…

Meet Counterpoint at the Indian Mobile Conclave, New Delhi

We will be attending the Indian Mobile Conclave on March 19 Our Research Director, Neil Shah will be attending the Indian Mobile Conclave in New Delhi. You can schedule a meeting with him to discuss the latest trends in the technology, media and telecommunications sector and understand how our leading research and services can help your business. He will also be moderating a panel on "4G+:…

‘Samsung Unpacked’ Packed With Plenty of Hardware Announcements

Samsung has been working overtime. The company unveiled a lot at its “Unpacked” event in San Francisco. There were five smartphones, a wearable, and ear buds unveiled---all launching between early March and September.  It is early and we were only able to handle the devices a few minutes. From this quick assessment, we give three grades to the new devices: Some are not-ready-for-mass appeal.…

Smart Feature Phones to Create US$28 billion Revenue Opportunity

Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego February 18th, 2019 As the penetration of smart feature phones increases across the world, new business and revenue opportunities will be created for the entire mobile value chain. Over the next three years, nearly 370 million smart feature phones are expected to be sold across the world, according to the latest research…

TSMC Benefitting from Greater Adoption of 7nm Technology

The fortunes of TSMC, a leading global foundry service provider based in Taiwan, have been linked to Apple for a long time. The company is the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s ‘A’ series processors and often the peaks and troughs in Apple’s financial performance has looked nearly identical to that of TSMC. But with Apple issuing a profit warning, primarily due to weak performance in its…

CES 2019 Counterpoint Coverage

Counterpoint Research attended CES 2019. Total attendance was down this year. This is partially because many of the main tech sectors with the most excitement are not yet ready for prime time. It is also because more companies are branching off and doing their own developer conference or analyst / media event. Some companies are deciding to fund and attend more precise industry events instead of…