Mighty Smart and Mighty Expensive: Brazil’s bestsellers

If you think paying a US$ 60 per person, for pizza and beer or US$ 130 per person for an more upscale meal is expensive then, wait until you have to buy any electronic device in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is the most expensive city in Latam and electronic devices including smartphones are outrageously pricey.  Still, smartphones have been the main growth driver for the Brazilian Mobile device…

Market Monitor Q2 2014 : Samsung Leads the US Smartphone Market

According to latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor quarterly tracker program, USA smartphone shipments have begun to saturate as it grew a modest 2% annually and represent roughly 9 out 10 handsets shipped in the US market in Q2 2014 Some highlights during the quarter for the US smartphone market include: Samsung topped both the overall mobile phones and smartphone segments…

Market Monitor Q2 2014 : Micromax Becomes The Leading Mobile Phone Brand In India

According to our latest research from Market Monitor program, there were significant changes in the competitive landscape in the second largest mobile phone market on planet. Some key findings below: Indian mobile phone market grew a modest  2% annually but the smartphone segment grew a handsome 68% annually as demand for feature phones fell 16% annually in Q2 2014 Majority of growth…

Market Monitor : Handset & Smartphone Markets – Q2 2014

Counterpoint Research team of Analysts have completed preliminary sizing of the global handset and smartphone market as few OEMs have already released their Q2 2014 (Apr-Jun) 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…

Flight MH17: Sanctions impacts on Russia and the wider business environment

The horrific news last week of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine served to highlight how the world can be drawn into conflicts that often seem distant from our everyday lives. Earlier this year we wrote about the potential impact sanctions would have on the Russian business environment following Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula. The global…

Microsoft : Mobile First, Nokia Last

Microsoft today sent some shockwaves down the tech industry announcing restructuring program which could eliminate more than 18,000 positions over a period of next year at Microsoft, roughly 90 days after closing the Nokia Devices & Services business  acquisition.. While this was pre-hinted by the new CEO Satya Nadella in its open letter to its employees announcing the new strategy circling…

Snapshot of the smartphone market in May 2014

Every month we track the smartphone market across 35 countries from the supply chain to the retail POS and consumers to create accurate data and ultimately reveal the real sound of the market apart from the clutter our clients suffer from. The overall Q2 2014 market is weak and larger vendors seem to suffer more than the smaller weaker ones. Below are the key takeaways from our regular Market…

Top 10 Smartphones in May 2014 – Galaxy S5 Fails To Displace iPhone 5s

Apple’s iPhone 5s is still the bestselling smartphone in May 2014, 8 months after its launch last year. Samsung's new flagship, Galaxy S5 comes in at second. According to Counterpoint's channel survey across 35 countries, Apple’s iPhone 5s continues to be the bestselling phone in the world, a spot that many expected to be taken by Samsung's Galaxy S 5. The highly anticipated Galaxy S5 comes in…

AND THE WINNER IS?

Every four years Latam thrives on football feast. For Latam, this event is far more important than the Olympics or any other worldwide sport event. This year, it is even more important, as the Football World Cup 2014 is being hosted in the Americas continent. That has certainly increased the excitement of the fans dreaming to be able to travel and watch their national team competing in such an…

Amazon fire PHONE : All Smoke, No Fire?

Business Models. Ecosystems & Amazon We have talked  about how important is a robust sustainable business model to excel in this current mobile devices space, traditional way of competing on price and specs won't cut it. The battle has moved from hardware to software to services to ecosystem and then to ‘experiences’ to maintain stickiness. Ecosystem in this connected world means a platform…

Top 10 Smartphones in China for April 2014

Xiaomi's Redmi was the bestselling smartphone in China during April Xiaomi’s $130 smartphone, Redmi (Red Rice or Hongmi) topped the smartphone chart in China during May 2014, beating both Apple and Samsung at their own game. Xiaomi’s other two handsets are also in the top 10 list, the MI3 and the Redmi Note both phablets with 5 inch or larger screens. Xiaomi has not yet entered many of the…

Market Monitor : Q1 2014 :: LTE Smartphones Grow 91% Annually

According to the latest granular research from Counterpoint's Market Monitor service, the global LTE smartphone shipments grew 91% annually in Q1 2014 reaching more than a fourth of the total smartphone shipments during the quarter. Key highlights of the report are: LTE smartphones reached its highest ever first quarter shipments contributing to more than a fourth of the total smartphones…

Market Monitor : Q1 2014 :: Smartphones Now 95% of Total Handset Revenues

Adding to our recently published insights on how smartphone volumes grew almost 30% annually during Q1 2014, latest research from Market Monitor quarterly tracker program highlights how the smartphone industry has grown in terms of value (or revenues). Some insights from the research report: The total global smartphone industry revenues reached the first quarter highest to US$74 Billion…

Q1 2014 : Smartphone Brands Market Share By US Carriers

According to latest research from Counterpoint's Market Monitor quarterly tracker program, USA smartphone market reached 33 million units at the end of Q1 2014. The smartphone market grew a modest 7% annually but now accounts for more than 87% of the total handset shipments, highest ever. Some highlights during the quarter for the US smartphone market include: Samsung was the top…

2020 & Beyond: When Big Data Will Become Big Information

We are at a stage in our technology industry and in our lives where we are witnessing growth beyond mobile phones. Everything today wants to become smart, intelligent and programmable. We are entering a highly programmable world where we are looking to find a problem in everything around us and offering a solution by connecting it to the internet hence together and cloud. We expect a tsunami of…

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…