Highlights of Smartphone Industry Forum 2018—Global Trend of Device ODM and Smartphone Components

On 24 Apr, Counterpoint Research and NEPCON EXPO collaborated to host the SMARTPHONE INDUSTRY FORUM 2018—GLOBAL TREND OF DEVICE ODM AND SMARTPHONE COMPONENTS, at the World Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. During the forum, Counterpoint Research directors James Yan and Tarun Pathak, together with industry experts from leading OEM and ODM companies ZTE, HUAQIN TELECOM and HIPAD…

Three Ways the Newest US Tariff Announcement Could Affect the Domestic Smartphone Market and Beyond

On Tuesday April 3rd, President Trump unveiled a list of 1,300 Chinese imports that it will subject to a 25% increase in import duty, amounting to approximately $50 billion in annual trade value. Sectors covered by the proposed tariffs include products used for healthcare, agriculture, information technology, communication technology, and aerospace. China has already responded announcing their…

The Anatomy of IoT Security

We had an opportunity to share our views on "Security in IoT" at the Messe München Electronics Show, an influential trade show and host of the International Embedded System Innovation Forum. The following is an excerpt of the presentation given at the show. IoT promises an ecosystem where the connected devices will share massive amounts of data. Many of these devices are becoming…

US Smartphone Sales Rise 2% in a Subdued Promotional Q4

   San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul March 19, 2018 According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Pulse program, the US market sold through 51.2m smartphones during the final quarter of 2017. This is a 2% increase from the same period in 2016 when 50.2m smartphones were sold. Commenting on the quarter, Research Director Jeff Fieldhack stated,…

Implications of the Broadcom-Qualcomm Presidential Block: What it Means for Qualcomm and the US Tech Market

Background:  It has been several days since President Trump blocked Broadcom’s $117 billion hostile takeover bid of Qualcomm.  Broadcom announced just yesterday that it has withdrawn and terminated its offer saying it was, “disappointed with this outcome”, but would comply with the order.  The President’s order cited “credible evidence” that the proposed deal “might take action that threatens…

MWC 2018 Roundup

Counterpoint analysts were in Barcelona to meet companies and experience the latest technology developments.  This year’s MWC showcased improved smartphone technologies like in-display fingerprint readers, AI-powered cameras, and slimmer bezels.   The showroom floors were filled with an emphasis on IoT and 5G. The key takeaways from this year’s MWC, Barcelona event are below: In the…

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 – Day 2 Highlights

MWC 2018 – Day 2 Highlights Despite most major smartphones announcements being over, Day 2 at the MWC 2018 in Barcelona continued to remain interesting. Major highlights from the 2nd day include the big Zenfone 5 series launch from Asus, continued focus on the race for 5G, and NB-IoT deployments. Highlights from Day 2 are below: Asus launched the Zenfone 5 and 5Z that sport the notch…

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 – Day 1 Highlights

After witnessing the major announcements regarding mobile devices at the pre-event, Day 1 revolves around enhanced SoC (System-on-chip), IoT solutions, and innovations in connected cars.  Highlights from Day 1 are below: Sony returns with the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact contain most of company’s mobile expertise to deliver the best possible immersive…

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 – Day 0 Highlights

Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, organized by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona. This year the event kicked-off on 26th February and our analysts are present at the event to meet with tech companies and analyze the latest developments in the world of technology. There have been quite a series of announcements in the run-up…

Ready Player One – Lessons for the future of virtual reality

March 2018 will see the release of the latest Stephen Spielberg blockbuster, Ready Player One. The film is based on a book of the same name written by the sci-fi author, Ernest Cline and published in 2011. It is set in the year 2044 in a dystopian future where the world is breaking down economically and socially, but people escape to a virtual universe called the OASIS. The OASIS was created…

USA Operators Report: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T

The USA Operators report bundle consists of four reports that cover the major operators. The four reports contained in this bundle are: 1. Verizon Again the Largest Smartphone Sales Channel in the US Market Verizon had a solid final quarter of 2017 and regained its claim as largest smartphone channel in the US market.  This report analyzes postpaid and prepaid device sales and provides 5G…

Smart devices, IoT and Connected Cars taking the center stage at Day One

The event kicks off with new launches featuring latest technological innovation in areas like AI, Sensors, AR, VR, and IoT. Some of the major product announcements are captured below: Baidu launches three new smart speakersBaidu launched three smart speakers with DuerOS (AI from Baidu in China)- Little Fish VS1, Sengled, PopIn Aladdin. All these speakers are unique in their own ways targeting…

CES Pre-event: Qualcomm and Intel were in the limelight

This year, the show revolves around advances in connected and autonomous cars, IoT (predominantly smart home devices), AI and steps towards 5G. It is interesting to note that wearables and smartphones are not causing too much of a buzz at the tech show. Let’s have a look at some of the happenings from the Pre-Event: Intel Introduced Shooting Star Mini Drones Intel’s drone light show during the…

Next half billion IoT cellular connections by 2020; Chinese Operators to dominate

Global IoT cellular connections grew 41% annually to the end of 3Q 2017, having already crossed the half billion mark earlier in 2017. At the end of 3Q 2017, Chinese operators dominated the market holding more than 46% of IoT cellular connections. China Mobile was the world’s leading operator in terms of IoT connections. However, outside China, Vodafone leads in IoT cellular connectivity…

Chinese Operators Control Almost Half of the Global Cellular IoT Connections

Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego January 03rd, 2018 At the end of 3Q 2017, Chinese operators dominated the market holding more than 46% of IoT cellular connections. China Mobile was the world’s leading operator in terms of IoT connections. However, outside China, Vodafone leads in IoT cellular connectivity globally. According to the latest research from…

Qualcomm Leads Smartphone SoC Market; Fueled From Adoption By Fast Growing Chinese Brands

The global smartphone System-on-Chip (SoC) market grew 19% annually in Q3 2017 crossing $8 billion in chipset revenues. Qualcomm led the smartphone SoC market strengthening its position further capturing 42% of the total SoC revenues in Q3 2017. The San Diego based technology company saw rising adoption for its mid to high range SoCs by the fast-growing Chinese brands, boosting its SOC shipments…

Global Smartphone SoC Market Crossed US$8 Billion in Q3 2017, A Third Quarter Record

Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego December 29th, 2017 Qualcomm leads, Apple grabs 20% of the value share and Samsung was the fastest growing vendor According to Counterpoint Research’s Component Tracker Q3 2017, the global smartphone System-on-Chip (SoC) market grew 19% annually in Q3 2017 crossing $8 billion in chipset revenues. Commenting on the…

Emerging Technologies

Mobile DevicesComponentsInternet of ThingsEmerging TechnologiesEcosystems and ServicesConsulting IntroductionNo business can afford to ignore the rapidly growing landscape of technology developments with emerging technologies that will impact every part of the business landscape. Our detailed reports help you stay ahead of the curve so you know how to mitigate threats and take advantage of…