Top 10 phones in August: Galaxy S4 sales drop but still leads the pack

Galaxy S4 Sales continue to slump but the long tail Galaxy range makes up for it Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4 was the bestselling smartphone in August according to Counterpoint Research’s monthly model tracker. But sales are falling short of expectations as the sell-through dipped to 5 million unit level during the month. After hitting its peak in June with more than 7…

9 out of 10 Handsets Sold in China are Smartphones

Smartphone momentum continues in the world’s largest mobile market, China. According to the latest Monthly Market Pulse Report from Counterpoint Research, smartphone sales in China reached an all-time monthly high of 30 million units in August 2013. The smartphone penetration of the total handsets sold also reached a record high of 91% topping many developed markets such as USA which reached 87%…

Microsoft Acquires Nokia :: Integration, Marketing & Business Model Rejuvenation Will Be The Key

Surprising end to the US Labor Day weekend as Microsoft announced its next big strategic move in mobile space to acquire the world’s second largest handset supplier Nokia at the end of Q2 2013 according to Counterpoint Research’s Market Monitor service. The long speculated “possible acquisition” of Nokia by Microsoft finally hit the papers as Microsoft drummed is renewed ‘strategic need’ of…

Smartphone share by region in Q1

Samsung leads the smartphone market in all regions except North America Counterpoint Technology Market Research (Counterpoint Research hereafter), the go to source of smartphone market data, has released its regional smartphone data and forecast for the first quarter of 2013. Global smartphone leader Samsung again leads in all major regions except North America. North America remains…

February smartphone market share indicates Samsung will have another record quarter

Counterpoint Technology Market Research (Counterpoint Research hereafter), a pioneer in smartphone market data, has published its monthly report of the global smartphone market which analyzes and aggregates data from 25 markets globally to get the pulse of the market. Some key takeaways - Samsung is selling close to 25 million smartphones a month. We expect it to sell more than 70 million…

Q4 2012 Handset Value Share: Preliminary

Just two companies take 95% of the profits in the mobile handset industry: Apple and Samsung.   Counterpoint Research has released its preliminary Q4 2012 mobile handset and smartphone results. The most stunning part is that Samsung took 25% of the industry profit while Apple took 70%. Leaving a tiny 5% to share among the other 100+ handset vendors. As 4Q 2012 results roll in…

Samsung: the Toyota of Mobile Devices

Samsung – from fast-follower to first-mover. There has been a lot of talk over the last week with Samsung increasing its share in the market even beyond Nokia. This was the final but necessary blow to Nokia’s multi-decade-old leadership in the mobile industry. It’s actually interesting to see that there are few people who ask the very obvious question: how did that happen?Samsung’s…

Samsung dominates in almost all markets, strength grows in the Premium

  Our August report reveals the numbers behind last month's handset market. Samsung takes 23% of the global market while Nokia and Apple fall behind, again. We estimate the August market to have been dominated by Samsung once more as rivals fall behind in lack of new compelling smartphones. We find in the analysis that Samsung’s strengths are derived from its unique and powerful…

Handset Market in July 2012

  The demand in the handset market during July 2012 shrunk compared to June. We measure demand as the amount of handsets sold through the retail channel to subscribers, which is sell through or sell out volume. Due to weak demand in Europe and North America along with the stagnant market in Developing Regions overall Global demand was weak.Typical seasonality in July is 10% higher than June…

Announcing the New King of Mobile: Samsung

  Samsung has overthrown Nokia ending the 14 year reign. As we now look at the aggregated Q1 handset and smartphone shipments we confidently announce that Samsung has rose to the top in both categories. Last quarter Samsung had outstripped Nokia by almost double score in smartphones but lost to Apple. This time Samsung wins a double as it reaches 25% market share in handsets and 32%…

Handset market in May 2012

The handset market in May 2011 shrunk slightly compared to April but inventory levels dropped slightly relieving tension of the market. Sell-through increased backed by markets like India and Africa but the Developed markets where gloomy and even China showed signs of stagnation. The Macro economic downturn is affecting replacement sales globally save a handful of countries.   The…

Sony finally puts the pieces together

After launching the PlayStation in 1998, establishing Sony Pictures in 1991 and re-establishing Sony Music Entertainment in 2008 Electronics Giant Sony has finally decided to put all the pieces together with their premium consumer electronics. We believe there will be one control tower for cloud based content distribution and it will be the 2011 announced Sony Entertainment Network. Parent…

Recap of the Smartphone Market in 2011

    2011 ended with smartphone sales reaching 484 million units. This is a 61% jump annually. Growth continues but it is slowing down as most of the developed markets come close to 80~90% penetration. Annual growth will probably drop to the 30% range in 2012. For smartphones it was a two horse race in 2011 but Samsung dominated in terms of volume in the last quarter, sending…

CES 2012, Smart TV, Smart Appliances and Smart Cars

If the previous CES 2011 heralded the post-pc Tablet era, CES 2012 was all about Smart CE (Consumer Electronics) and TV was at the center. Of course another post-pc phenomenon, the Ultrabook, caught the eyes of the crowd as well. The Ultrabook category is an Intel-proposed line of laptops resembling the Macbook Air in all aspects. It’s sure to replace the previous laptops in the market now.…

Smartphones Roar in Holiday Sales

It’s no secret that smartphones are one of the hottest products offered in the current market. Consumers absolutely love android technology and the everlasting Apple iPhone series. Even during the holiday season where shoppers tend to plea to decrease their spending, smartphone retail sales demonstrate the complete opposite. This most recent holiday season was just roaring for retailers both…

HP scraps plans for webOS after writing off $3.3 billion

After 2 years HP has decided to cease all webOS products, which are smartphones and tablets. HP had bought Palm in 2010 at a price of $1.2 billion. The price they paid was the equivalent of 9% of their total cash reserves at the time. But the amount of money they are writing off on their books now is $3.3 billion in total. In total we estimate webOS was an expensive bet costing HP almost $5…

How big a success will Kindle Fire be?

Amazon has surprised the industry by announcing a new tablet out of the blue, the Kindle Fire. It’s an evolution from the e-book reader series it has been releasing and a very interesting product. We think the question is not ‘will it succeed’ but ‘how much will it succeed’. The product itself is quite mediocre and not anything new. It lacks a lot of good features that are already in the…

CES 2011, the year of the tablet ahead ? Not so fast.

It was all about tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, the biggest event in the industry. Almost 80 new tablets were announced after, a new market sprung up from nowhere with the Apple iPad. Apple sold almost 15 million iPads and it seems like companies think it’s the iPhone syndrome all over again, with more magnitude maybe. Android based tablets were the majority, almost 90%…