Q1 2014 : Xiaomi Becomes The Third Largest Smartphone Brand in China

Latest research from our Market Monitor service highlighted, Xiaomi climbing to become sixth largest smartphone brand and eight largest handset brand during Q1 2014. This was possible due to impressive performance by the Chinese vendor in its home market, thanks to the strong holiday season performance especially in January & February. As a result, Xiaomi raced to become the third…

Market Monitor : Q1 2014 :: 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 Q1 2014 (Jan-Mar) 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…

Ecosystem Wars: Content is King, Video is Emperor & Installed Base is Kingdom

Content is King & Video is The Emperor I believe we all agree that even in this digital era, content is king*. However, video is the emperor which is and will be ruling all forms of media content. Almost more than two-thirds of the mobile traffic in next five years on networks is going to be just video.** Connected & Mobile devices are the key content consumption devices and…

Top 10 smartphones in February 2014

Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C were the bestselling smartphones in February while Xiaomi also entered the top 10 list. Apple’s iPhone 5s continues to be the bestselling phone in the world – a position it has held for 6 consecutive months. The iPhone 5c comes in at 2nd place in February, mostly due to the big clearance discounts in Western markets. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Note 3 tie for 3rd place as…

Samsung Regains Momentum in Global Smartphone Market in February 2014

According to the latest research from Counterpoint, global smartphone demand slowed down slightly sequentially but was up a healthy 51% annually in February. While the demand across mature markets such as Japan, Korea and US slowed down further to pre-holiday season levels, in emerging markets such as China, Nigeria and India demand remained robust. Samsung, LG, Huawei and Xiaomi were the biggest…

Crimean conflict and its impact on the mobile device market – by Peter Richardson

The world is watching the events in Crimea unfold with great trepidation. Russian forces are poised to take the region, potentially by force, from the Ukrainian government. Russia insists it only has the interests of the majority Russian population of Crimea in mind and will not use military force – despite the Russian Government approving its use. However governments around the world are less…

MWC 2014: An Event it was

MWC 2014 Overview This year's Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, provided the industry with the next iteration of smart, cheap and technologically advanced smartphones. The impact of slowing demand colliding with the industry's increasing ability to supply is leading to ever more fierce competition. Low cost Android-based products were widely in evidence. With such a high degree of…

The Big Acquisition: Lenovo acquires Motorola

The Big Acquisition: The world’s leading PC manufacturer Lenovo acquired Motorola Mobility from Google for ~ USD 2.91 Billion. With this deal, Lenovo acquired the MOTOROLA brand and Motorola Mobility's portfolio of smartphones such as Moto X, Moto G and the DROID™ Ultra series. In addition to current products, Lenovo gets ownership of the future Motorola Mobility product road map. However,…

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…