Handsets Category

Global Smartphone Sales of $96bn Set a New Q1 Record As 4G Ramps Up
May 21st 2015 - 01:45 GMT
In the first quarter of 2015, global smartphone unit demand increased +7 percent, compared to the same period last year. Sales reached 310m units, with growth down from +19 percent year-on-year in Q4 2014....more

China's Smartphone Market Shrinks Year Over Year for the First Time in 6 Years
May 19th 2015 - 01:25 GMT
China's smartphone market shrank by 4% year over year (YoY) with 98.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2015, according to IDC. This is the first time in six years that the China smartphone market declined YoY as the market continues to mature....more

Huawei Holding USA Based Press Event
May 14th 2015 - 02:40 GMT
Huawei is not letting its political difficulties in the USA in network gear stop it from trying to capture a larger share of the smartphone market, with a new product announcement due shortly....more

US Phablet Market Soars
May 12th 2015 - 01:40 GMT
Phablets claimed 21% of all US smartphone sales in Q1 2015 - nearly quadrupling their 6% share from the first quarter of 2014, ...more

Android Switchers Drive IOS Growth in Europe's Big Five
May 11th 2015 - 02:00 GMT
The latest smartphone sales data shows that the popularity of Apple iOS continued to grow in Europe's five largest countries, reaching a 20.3% share,...more

Cellular Tablet Connections Increase 90% in 2014, but Major Slowdown is Expected
May 7th 2015 - 01:25 GMT
By the end of 2014, there were 18.3 million actively connected tablets in the USA, a 90 percent increase from 2013...more

New Apple Watch Has Lowest Ratio of Hardware Costs to Retail Price
May 6th 2015 - 01:45 GMT
Preliminary estimate shows Apple Watch Sport hardware costs only about 24 percent of MSRP; lowest of any Apple product examined by IHS...more

Elektrobit to Develop Mobile Devices for the Mexsat Satellite Communication System
May 5th 2015 - 03:00 GMT
Elektrobit Wireless says that it is developing three types of android-based L-band mobile devices: satellite-terrestrial smartphone, a satellite-terrestrial rugged enhanced phone and a satellite rugged basic phone, for Mexico's Mexsat program....more

Turing Robotic Industries to Launch First Turing Phone
May 4th 2015 - 06:50 GMT
Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) hasannounced that its flagship Turing Phone will launch in summer, 2015. The company said that its new smartphone is a breakthrough in trustworthy communications and mobile engineering....more

Samsung Reasserts Its Lead in Smartphone Shipments with Focus on Lower-Cost Smartphones
May 4th 2015 - 01:25 GMT
The worldwide smartphone market kicked off the year with an expected post-holiday dispersion in shipment volumes compared to the previous quarter's unprecedented results....more

Apple Targets Elderly for Next IPad Customers
May 4th 2015 - 01:00 GMT
Japan Post Group, IBM and Apple have announced an initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for millions of Japanese senior citizens....more

Nokia Denies Plans to Sell Mobile Phones Again
April 28th 2015 - 23:05 GMT
Nokia has denied reports that it is planning a return to manufacturing mobile phones, just a couple of years after it pulled out of the market....more

Tackling Android Fragmentation with Intel's Reference Design
April 25th 2015 - 00:20 GMT
Announced last September at the Intel Developer Forum, the Intel Reference Design for Android (Intel RDA) streamlines the development process for mobile system makers....more

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Pricier to Build, Cheaper to Buy Than Comparable IPhone
April 23rd 2015 - 01:00 GMT
The recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the most expensive Galaxy S line smartphone yet built, but has a lower retail price than a comparable iPhone 6 Plus, ...more

Smartphone Shipments Set to Hit 2 Billion in 2019
April 21st 2015 - 02:00 GMT
The global mobile phone market is expected to reach 2.35 billion units in 2019, up from 1.96 billion in 2014, ...more

Huawei Opens First Service Centre in Oman
April 19th 2015 - 23:30 GMT
Huawei has opened its first handset service center in Oman, at the Al Meera Hypermarket in Azaiba....more

Huawei Smartphones Shipments Jump by 28 Percent
April 16th 2015 - 03:42 GMT
China's Huawei has announced that its smartphone shipments rose 28 percent in the first quarter. ...more

USA Consumers: Seeking the Perfect Smartphone
April 16th 2015 - 02:38 GMT
During the three months ending in February 2015, smartphones accounted for 80% of all mobile phones sold in the US, a 9.9 percentage point increase over the same period last year,...more

Chinese New Year Brings a New Record for IOS Sales in China
April 10th 2015 - 02:30 GMT
The latest smartphone sales data shows that Apple's iOS sales have reached an all-time high in urban China where it captured 27.6% of the smartphone market....more

Chinese Smartphone Maker Sets New World Record
April 10th 2015 - 01:20 GMT
China's Xiaomi says that it has set a new record for handset sales, having sold over 2 million phones in less than a day....more

ZTE Selects Mitsumi As Distribution Partner in Africa
April 9th 2015 - 03:15 GMT
China's ZTE says that it has selected Mitsumi Distribution, the largest IT, CE and telecoms distributor in Africa, as its distribution partner for the continent....more

The Top 10 List of Best Selling Phones in March 2015
April 8th 2015 - 02:30 GMT
The Swedish manufacturer of cases for portable electronics, Krusell, releases its monthly Top 10-list. ...more

Middle East and Africa Tablet Market Posts Healthy Growth but Slowdown Looms
April 8th 2015 - 01:40 GMT
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market recorded robust year-on-year growth in the final quarter of 2014, with holiday purchases and aggressive end-of-year promotions spurring a particularly strong performance in the consumer segment....more

Vietnam's Unofficial Smartphone Market on the Rise, Fueled by Demand for Status
April 7th 2015 - 01:40 GMT
According to IDC's Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Vietnam topped the list of ASEAN countries with the highest smartphone growth rates in 2014....more

Vietnam Smartphones Increase by 57% in 2014, Heats Up by Budget Models
March 18th 2015 - 01:00 GMT
A total of 28.7 million mobile phones were shipped to Vietnam in 2014, reflecting an annual growth rate of 13% year-on-year (YoY), ...more

Sri Lanka Mobile Phone Market Touches One Million Mark in Q4 2014
March 17th 2015 - 01:00 GMT
Sri Lanka mobile device market has observed a surge in sales in CY 2014. Noticeably, the smart phone business has been growing exponentially year-on-year and Q4 2014 was no exception....more

Smartphone Sales Surpassed One Billion Units in 2014
March 13th 2015 - 01:00 GMT
In Fourth Quarter of 2014 Samsung Lost No. 1 Position to Apple in Global Smartphone Market...more

Apple Reaches Highest Ever Sales Share in Urban China...
March 12th 2015 - 01:25 GMT
The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech show that Apple's iOS reached its highest ever share in urban China with one in every four smartphones sold being an iPhone....more

Smartphone Problems Leading to Customer Frustration and Churn
March 10th 2015 - 02:30 GMT
12% of those who looked to their mobile operator for help, would not return to that operator to purchase their next device based on their customer service experience....more

Android Captured a Tiny 11% Share of Global Smartphone Profit in Q4 2014
March 6th 2015 - 02:20 GMT
The Android operating system captured a record-low 11 percent global smartphone profit share during the quarter....more

India's Smartphone Market Contracts in Q4 2014
March 6th 2015 - 01:00 GMT
India's smartphone market experienced a shipment contraction in the fourth quarter of 2014 for the first time ever on a quarter over quarter basis, ...more

Apple & Samsung No Longer Control Majority of Tablet Market
March 4th 2015 - 01:40 GMT
Market share for top two tablet vendors Apple and Samsung fell to 43 percent as total shipment volume growth slowed to 6.6 percent in 2014. ...more

Android and IOS Squeeze the Competition, Swelling to 96.3% of the Smartphone OS Market
March 2nd 2015 - 01:25 GMT
Android and iOS inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market in both the fourth quarter (4Q14) and the calendar year 2014....more

Worldwide Market for Refurbished Smartphones to Reach 120 Million Units by 2017
February 27th 2015 - 01:00 GMT
Rise in Smartphone Reuse Will Motivate Providers to Take a Closer Look at Secondhand Market...more

Western European Mobile Phone Market Shows Clear Signs of Saturation
February 24th 2015 - 01:35 GMT
The Western European mobile phone market failed to grow in 2014 for the second consecutive year,...more

China's Smartphone Market Picks Up Slightly in Q4 2014
February 23rd 2015 - 01:25 GMT
107.5 million smartphones were shipped to China in 2014Q4, representing a 2% Quarter-on-Quarter (QoQ) growth. This culminates to 420.7 million smartphones being shipped to China in 2014....more

USA: IPhone 6, IPad Air Most Gifted in 2014 Holiday Quarter
February 12th 2015 - 02:00 GMT
Apple was certainly top of mind for US consumers when it came to their holiday season wish lists. Nationally, iPhones represented 57% of all smartphones given as gifts while iPads made up 33.7% of all gifted tablets....more

Worldwide Tablet Shipments Fall for the First Time - Down by 12% in Q4 2014
February 12th 2015 - 01:25 GMT
Worldwide tablet shipments fell 12% year on year to 67 million units in Q4 2014, according to the latest country-level research published by Canalys. ...more

Apple IOS Leads US OS Share for the First Time Since Q4 2012
February 11th 2015 - 02:00 GMT
The latest smartphone sales data for the fourth quarter of 2014, shows that Apple's share of sales grew across the US, Europe and China during the important Christmas period, driven by a strong portfolio of devices....more

Japanese Mobile Device Sales Slumped in Third Quarter of 2014
February 11th 2015 - 01:40 GMT
Japan saw a near 20 percent drop in the shipments of mobile devices in the third-quarter of last year, to 10.4 million, according to IDC's Japan Quarterly Mobile Device Tracker....more