Apple Captured 43% of the Global Premium Segment, OnePlus Entered Top Five Premium Android OEMs During Q2 2018

According to Counterpoint Research’s Market Monitor Q2 2018, the global premium smartphone segment** grew faster than the overall smartphone market. This was driven by increasing shipments from Chinese players, which have recently upgraded their flagships and are positioning them at a higher price point, at launch, compared to their previous flagship models. As these players grow outside China,…

Huawei Kirin 980: First Look

In the world of mobile SoCs, the heavyweight players from a market share point of view are all providers of merchant solutions. The standout leader is Qualcomm, with Mediatek and Unisoc tagging along some way behind. But in terms of innovation, it’s a different picture, with the more vertically integrated players leading the charge, together with Qualcomm. HiSilicon is possibly the least…

Connected Vehicles: The Next Big Thing for Digital India?

Connected vehicles are conceivably the most exciting concept powered by IoT at this time. Cars today are already being packed with more electronics than machinery. No doubt in the future, through technical developments, connected cars will evolve further, providing personalization options that are typically expected from popular consumer electronics devices such as smartphones.  Through smart…

LPWANs Will Co-Exist, No War Brewing Between Cellular and Non-Cellular

Our connectivity needs are expanding in all directions. While we’re moving aggressively with 5G connectivity to address the need of ultra-low latency networks, the communication needs of IoT are being met through LPWA technologies. The majority of IoT applications require long range, low bit-rate and small power budget, transmission protocols. The chart below highlights where LPWA sits among…

China Smartphone Market Declined for the Fourth Consecutive Quarter in Q2 2018

Huawei was the fastest and lone brand registering a positive 22% YoY growth leading the market with an all-time-record share. Huawei’s sub-brand honor also individually surpassed Xiaomi in overall volumes during the quarter, leading the e-commerce channel share as well. Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi – July 31st, 2018 According to the latest research from…

Qualcomm Begins Sampling mmWave Modules with Customers

Qualcomm announced today that the company is sampling mmWave modules to OEM’s who will embed the technology into 5G mobile handset devices. This is a major breakthrough within 5G as, until recently, many within the industry did not think mmWave was viable other than for fixed wireless use cases. In fact, there were carriers suspect of its R&D challenges. This distances Qualcomm from its…

Mobile Gaming Phones, a Brief History and Lessons Learned

Ever since the classic game Snake graced the first Nokia device in 1998, there has been interest by the mobile phone market to push the boundaries of mobile gaming. We have witnessed games develop from simple 2D side-scrollers to immersive AR experiences, with Pokemon GO being one of the first big wins in that field. In contrast, dedicated mobile gaming phones have had far less success in the…

Cellular Connected Drones Will be the ‘iPhone Moment’ for Drone Industry

More than 10% of Drones will support eSIMs and advanced cellular connectivity by 2022 The drone market is expanding due to rise in the number of commercial applications (refer to our previous blog for more details), and cellular connectivity will be essential for emerging use cases like live-video streaming, real-time monitoring, delivery through drones and other beyond visible line of sight…

Global Telematics Control Unit Market Set to Grow at 18% CAGR, With 175 Million Shipments During 2018-2022

LG, Continental, Harman, Bosch, and Denso are leading the global Telematics Control Unit (TCU) market, as of 2017. The market is expected to get a major boost with EU’s eCall mandate, and Japanese OEMs embracing embedded connectivity. San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul – June 27, 2018 According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Internet of Things…

Uber and DiDi are Working on a Long-Term Vision of Human Mobility

Ride-hailing firms are moving towards attaining the ‘holy grail’ of mobility. This is the reason why ride-hailing firms are also investing heavily into service enhancements, besides looking at geographical growth. To achieve this, they are investing heavily to understand the socio-economics of human mobility across cities through data analytics (DA) and Machine Learning (ML). The Goal of…

Global Ride-Hailing Market Going Through A Strategic Realignment

The global ride-hailing market is undergoing a reformation phase. The market has remained hot with frequent announcements of geographic expansions and exits, funding and IPOs, investment in food and tech startups, and much more. The focus is such that investment behemoths and leading automotive OEMs are closely following developments and placing their bets carefully. At one point in time,…

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…