Why the worldwide smartphone market continues to be sluggish

All consumer electronics devices eventually reach market saturation, where most of the people that crave the product already have it. After declining by 0.3 percent in 2017, the worldwide smartphone market will shrink again this year.

Smartphone shipments are forecast to drop by 0.2 percent in 2018 to 1.462 billion units, which is down from 1.465 billion in 2017 and 1.469 billion in 2016. However, IDC expects the market to grow by 3 percent annually from 2019 onwards. Worldwide shipments should reach 1.654...

By David H. Deans, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Devices, Disruption, Smartphones.

Qualcomm: ‘Aggressive’ OEMs want to launch 5G phones this year

Qualcomm’s SVP of Engineering has revealed some of its more ‘aggressive’ OEM partners want to launch 5G smartphones by late this year.

The widely-accepted timeframe for 5G smartphone launches is 2019, but it seems at least some manufacturers are looking to get the jump on their competitors.

Some operators have gone on record and stated that they would like to commercialise in late 2018 itself

We already know ZTE is one such manufacturer based on comments made during this year’s Mobile World...

By Ryan Daws, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Qualcomm signs agreement with Chinese OEMs to launch 5G smartphones in 2019

Qualcomm has signed agreements with a range of Chinese smartphone manufacturers to ensure 5G-capable devices are ready to launch in 2019.

The agreement — called ’5G Pioneer’ — was signed by phonemakers Oppo, ZTE, Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Wingtech.

Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Incorporated, said:

“5G will bring massive new opportunities to the mobile industry, and...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Smartphones.

CES: Huawei CEO expresses frustration with US market

Following years of attempts to break into the US market, Huawei CEO Richard Yu expressed his frustration during a keynote at CES.

Huawei was said to have agreed to a deal with AT&T to distribute the smartphone manufacturer’s devices. In preparation, Huawei hired Gal Gadot (most well known for her role as Wonder Woman) as the company’s new spokesperson.

Back in December, Yu told the Associate Press, “We will sell our...

By Ryan Daws, 10 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Huawei’s growth slowed in 2017 despite gaining on Apple

Huawei suffered its slowest YoY revenue growth since 2013 last year, despite temporarily knocking Apple into third place in global smartphone shipments.

The company’s revenue for the year grew around 15 percent to 600 billion yuan ($92 billion) in 2017, according to a letter posted to the company’s WeChat from Huawei’s rotating Chief Executive Officer Ken Hu.

Hu attributes this slow growth...

By Ryan Daws, 02 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Smartphones.

Smartphone markets power on – but component shortage could scupper end of year plans

Global sales of smartphones to end users rose 6.7% year over year to 366.2 million units in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest analysis from Gartner.

Samsung remains the largest player with broadly similar market shares between Q217 and Q216; 22.5% and 22.4% respectively. The Korean giant shipped 82.5 billion phones in the most recent quarter, ahead of Apple (44.3bn, 12.1% share), and Huawei (35.9bn, 9.8% share).

Market shares did not particularly boom or bust year on year; Apple’s...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Smartphones.

How Chinese smartphone vendors are gaining new market share

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 380 million units in the first quarter of 2017 -- that's a 9.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest market study by Gartner.

Gartner analysts believe that mobile phone buyers are spending a little more to get a much better device, resulting in the rise in average selling prices of smartphones across the globe.

The shift in buyer preference is positively affecting Chinese manufacturers - such as Huawei, Oppo and Vivo - in...

By David H. Deans, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Smartphones.

FCC grants application for Apple’s 5G tests

Apple has received a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin testing 5G wireless technology for iPhone use.

One expected advantage of 5G is much lower latency

The company is often known for sitting back and watching a category develop before finding a way to define it; the iPhone itself is a great example of this, followed by the iPad. In areas where it counts, however, Apple ensures it’s on the cutting-edge.

When it comes to 5G, Apple wants to ensure its...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

One in three contract consumers in the UK will be SIM-only by end of 2017, says CCS Insight

In its recently published latest operator forecast report, market research firm CCS Insight says that more than one third of contract consumers (34%) will be on a SIM-only deal by the end of 2017 in the UK. This represents solid growth compared with 27% at the start of 2017 for a concept that is still relatively new for the consumers in the country who are still habituated to buying a subsidised two-year handset deal.

Over the coming years, SIM-only penetration is said to rise steadily and will account for...

By Telecoms, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones.

Reflections on MWC: Operator strategies, smart cities, and phone nostalgia

The Mobile World Congress, situated in the beautiful city of Barcelona, is one of the most anticipated events in the year. This year it was the largest ever MWC, with 108,000 attendees, from 208 countries and a record breaking 3000 exhibitors across the enormous Fira Gran Via exhibition centre.

The Internet of Things (IoT) was yet again a core trend at the MWC and I found myself in and amongst it all with lots of conversations around connectivity in IoT. However, what I found most interesting from some of the...

By Dan Cunliffe, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Smartphone shipments will reach 1.53 billion by 2021, says IDC

Worldwide smartphone shipments will rebound in 2017, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). While growth is expected to be consistent, IDC predicts shipment volumes to grow by 4.2% in 2017 and 4.4% in 2018 - with a CAGR of 3.8 percent over the 2016-2021 forecast period.

Furthermore, smartphone shipments are forecast to reach 1.53 billion units in 2017, and eventually grow to 1.77 billion units by 2021.

From a platform perspective, IDC doesn't expect much change...

By David H. Deans, 07 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Smartphones.

Analysing the outlook for new smartphone tech innovation in 2017

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Worldwide smartphone shipments will reach 1.45 billion units, with a year-over-year growth rate of just 0.6 percent in 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Although growth remains positive, it is down significantly from the 10.4 percent growth rate in 2015.

However, 4G smartphones will reach 21.3 percent year-over-year growth globally for 2016, at 1.17 billion units - that's up from 967 million in 2015. Once again, emerging...

By David H. Deans, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartphones.

Ericsson launches multi-device WiFi calling

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Ericsson has bolstered their existing WiFi calling solution with new multi-device functionality in response to an increasing appetite from operators and consumers. The enhanced service will allow customers to switch between their WiFi-enabled mobile devices whilst retaining a full voice service. 

The new solution will offer better value to consumers, whilst opening...

By Ryan Daws, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones, VoiP, WiFi.

‘Smartphone society’ calls for a mobile-first strategy

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According to Ofcom’s latest stats (PDF), smartphones have taken over laptops as the most popular device for getting online. 33 percent of people see their smartphone as the most important device for accessing the internet, whereas only 30 percent of people see their laptop as the first port of call. Ofcom...

By Joram Cano, 02 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Mobile, Smartphones.

Highlights: Communications Market 2015 report

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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has released its annual Communications Market report which, as you can imagine, is rather comprehensive. The report does however contain interesting facts and figures about the direction of the industry. In this article, we'll dissect the report into key highlights which could be important when making informed business decisions in the future. 

The UK is now a...

189.7 million people in America own a smartphone

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If you followed the evolution of the mobile communications sector, then you would notice that strategic blunders have humbled several large multinational companies - including dominant telecom system manufacturers, mobile handset makers and proprietary software vendors.In all cases, companies once recognised as leaders in their respective field had to accept defeat. Most of the remaining industry players knew that their relative position in the mobile ecosystem was tentative and subject to ongoing change. That said, CEOs that believe their company is "to big to fail" is the folly...

By David H. Deans, 31 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Smartphones.

Smartphones are driving internet use in emerging markets

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According to the latest global study by International Data Corporation (IDC), the combined total market of smartphones, media tablets and PCs is now forecast to grow from 1.8 billion units in 2014 to 2.5 billion units in 2019.During the forecast period, smartphones will grow to represent the majority of total smart connected device (IDC's term for the combined market) shipments -- dwarfing both tablets and PCs in terms of shipment volumes.As recently as 2010, PCs still made up the lion's share of the total device...

By David H. Deans, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Developing Countries, Smartphones.