Apple’s 2015 Performance In Five Charts

Apple had a phenomenal 2015 as it clocked US$235 Billion in revenues up from US$200 Billion in 2014. Apple's cash on hand has also grown from US$178…

Will Unlocking Phones Drive the Latin America Market in 2016?

A week before Christmas, Claro Argentina announced that it would start selling only unlocked mobile devices.  This is the first operator in Argentina…

100 Million LTE Phones Shipped in China in Q3 2015

China has become the most important mobile market for any player in the mobile value chain. The enormous scale China brings to the fore is…

Pepsi Phone: Can it “Change The Game” ?

We have extensively talked about "hardware as a distribution" model (HaaD) on how the "value captured" by hardware suppliers has shifted from…

Smartphones are killing the Point & Shoot camera, the D-SLR is next

The best camera is the one you have with you. Cameras on phones were initially quite poor, however the rapid development of smartphone cameras and…

Xiaomi’s Services Strategy Blossoming

We have been closely tracking and have extensively covered Xiaomi's business which primarily has been smartphones. Xiaomi is the world's fourth…

Apple: “Hey Siri, Let’s Take Over The World”

Apple the world's second largest smartphone marker made a huge splash with the announcement of new products strengthening the Apple ecosystem and the…

HTC: From Riches to Rags

HTC today announced its preliminary revenues for August 2015 and as expected it was not rosy and hit the lowest level ever, and this is far from…

Intel at IFA – evolving computing but quiet on smartphones

Intel held a characteristically demo-rich press conference at IFA on September 2nd. Intel formally announced the sixth generation of its Core series…

TSMC: Apple Ramps But Revenue Growth Still Slows Down

We have been following the performance of t he world's leading foundry and previously highlighted its importance to track performance of the key…

Q2 2015: Apple :: China Revenues Double Annually

Apple reported its FYQ3 or CYQ2 results for 2015, some key highlights were: Apple generated almost US$ 50 Billion in revenues up 33% YoY. Operating…

Micromax scaling up its “Make in India” portfolio

At the beginning of July 2015, Counterpoint Research was invited for a visit to the Micromax local assembling operations in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand.…

Jolla & Intex Launches A ‘Snapdeal Phone’ in India

As we have highlighted previously in our insights two key trends which are disrupting the incumbent mobile value chain players from operators to…

Microsoft: writing down, but not writing-off

Microsoft announced on 8th July it is writing down the value of its Nokia Devices and Services acquisition by $7.6 billion and making a further 7,800…

China Mobile: 4G Leapfrogging 3G Growth By a Margin

China Mobile is the world's largest mobile operator with more than 816 million mobile subscribers almost bigger than all subscribers in…

Q2 2015: Chinese Brands Dominate As Huawei Becomes The Third Largest Mobile Phone Brand Globally For the First Time

Counterpoint Research team of Analysts have completed preliminary sizing of the global handset and smartphone market as few OEMs have already…

First Things First – Father’s day in Latin America

June 21st is Father’s day for all top LATAM (Latin America) markets, except Brazil which is in August.     This day has traditionally been a big date…

Evolving Business Models – HaaD – Hardware As A Distribution Model

The mobile hardware industry has evolved  from the then elephant in the room and vertically integrated Nokia's dominance in the 2000 decade to rise…