This is what some people say, others may say that China is the present. Putting my mobile hat on (see pic below) I believe that current mobile electronics usage and penetration in China has only started and although there are impressive numbers in terms of volume shipment there is a tremendous growth potential for both high end and low end devices.
We are back to our discussion regarding the importance of hardware testing with Chris J. Loberg, Sr. Field Technical Marketing Manager for performance oscilloscopes at Tektronix. Here is the second part of the Questions and Answers used in this interview, feel free to comment and ask your own questions, we’ll do our best to respond.
I looked at the latest smartphone shipments for Q3 ’11 and was not that surprised. We recognized the growth Samsung experienced covered in this post and that is reflected in Q3’11 shipments which puts Samsung at the top of the smartphone market with 28 million smartphones shipped last quarter.
I just returned from the MIPI Alliance Face to face meeting in Vancouver where I participated in several discussions with MIPI alliance members about the importance of testing.
A recent study by Generator Research indicates that the growth of smartphone users outpaces other mobile devices, see graph below. You can see that # of active SIMs continues to grow however smartphone users (out of the Active SIMs) is growing in approx. 4 to 1 ratio.
Several years ago I used to work for a company called Information Storage Devices (ISD) which was acquired by Winbond and today is known by the name Nuvoton.
I wanted to share this graph with you that shows projections of ICs employing MIPI protocols and used in handsets, courtesy of ABI research and IP Nest, and discuss what it means.
In my last blog post I covered Smartphone growth and referred to the inflection point in the Smartphone market where Nokia lost its #1 spot to Apple. Moreover, Samsung took the #2 position showing 56% growth from last quarter (Q1 ’11) and leaving Nokia to the #3 spot. Here’s more color on this topic illustrated in a graph based on information provided by IHS iSuppli (Aug, 2011). The graph shows market share estimates for the past quarters and also compares to Q2 of last year to show trends.
The second quarter of 2011 will be remembered as an inflection point in the mobile industry with Apple becoming the world’s top smartphone vendor by shipping 20.3 million Smartphones. Nokia continued its decline, down by 34 percent from the same quarter last year and shipped 16.7 million units in the second quarter, with vendors like HTC and Samsung continue to stay behind. It’s important to note however that Samsung shows fantastic market share growth from a slim 3% in the first quarter of 2011 to 13% of smartphones sold in the first quarter this year. Other growing OEM’s include HTC, Sony Ericsson and LG. Apple’s iPhone dominancy in smartphone doesn’t translate to leadership in smartphone operating system as Android leads the game mostly due to the fact that Android operating system is used by multiple smartphone manufacturers. According to latest report by IMS research smartphone shipments in 2011 will reach 420 million units, taking 28% of the total handset market. The research firm also predicts smartphone volumes to reach 1 billion units in 2016 mostly due to lower end smartphones. Here’s a graph (courtesy of IMS research) comparing OEM smartphone shipments in Q1 2011 with Q1 2010: