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Global Smartphone Market Segmentation by Operating System (Android, iOS, others) and Distribution Channel (OEM, Retail, E-Commerce), and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2021-2026

Pulished: April, 2021
ID: 10246
Pages: 150

Global Smartphone Market Size & Growth (2021 – 2026)

The global smartphone market was valued at USD 378.29 billion in 2020 and is anticipated to reach USD 493.13 billion by 2026, with a CAGR of 6.85% during the conjecture period 2021-2026.

Smartphones, with robust hardware capabilities, extended mobile operating systems, facilitating broader software applications, the Internet and multimedia functions (music, videos, and games), as well as basic phone functions such as voice calls and text messages are included in the scope. Smartphones used for industrial purposes or rugged phones are not included in the scope.

With more than 50% penetration across all regions, the replacement cycle is expanding, leading to lower unit sales, especially in areas like the United States and China, among others.

However, 5G phones and foldable phones are likely to present them with new opportunities. According to Ericsson, the number of 5G mobile subscriptions in North America will reach 325 million compared to 3 million in 2019.

While the increasing adoption of artificial intelligence in smartphones will offer immense growth opportunities, the growing cycle of smartphone replacement will challenge the growth of market players. To take full advantage of opportunities, market sellers must focus more on growth prospects in fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in slow-growth segments.

Recent Developments:

  • In August 2020, Xiaomi introduced a new variant, namely Redmi 9 Prime. The phone is available in market with features like a 6.53-inch touchscreen, 1080 pixels by 2340 pixels resolution at 394 pixels per inch (PPI).
  • In July 2020, Samsung Electronics launched its the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, which is the first device in Samsung's Galaxy line that comes with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 and 5G platform. This new platform maximizes the power of 5G with improved performance to deliver faster and more efficient on-device processing with sharper images through improved graphical rendering.

Impact of Covid-19 on Smartphone Market:

However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, smartphone shipments have seen a declining phase as countries continue to face the pandemic. According to a report, there is a 15.7% year-on-year decrease in unit shipments from 331.8 million in the second quarter of 2019 to 279.7 million in the second quarter of 2020. The demand is likely to resume to its previous stage post recovery of coronavirus pandemic.

Market growth and trends:

Online smartphone sales may be challenged by offline push in future

  • Smartphones are becoming an important part of retail sales as they become more and more part of consumers' lives. E-commerce websites like Amazon are attracting users with various deals and discounts on smartphones, which improved the culture of online shopping. Online smartphone sales have also been boosted by the holiday shopping culture in all regions.
  • However, in regions like India where smartphone sales do not appear to be declining, smartphone companies such as Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo and Oppo are aggressively expanding their offline stores in the Indian smartphone market to take advantage of the market opportunity.
  • Furthermore, participation could be lost to other categories such as fashion and consumer goods, home products, among others, in regions with high penetration of smartphones. This takes into account the growing share of e-commerce and the changing attitude of consumers towards online shopping.

Market Drivers and Restraints:

Smartphones are the most common electronic devices nowadays because of a change in people's lifestyles where having a smartphone has become a norm. The increase in disposable income increases the likelihood that consumers will spend on mobile media, entertainment, networks and communications; leading to increased sales potential for consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and game consoles. The cases of smartphone adoption are very high among the urban population compared to the rural population and therefore there is a high demand for smartphones in developed regions (where the proportion of urban and rural population is higher than in developing regions).

Market segmentation:

The global smartphone market is segmented on the basis of operating system and distribution channel.

  • Based on operating system, the iOS segment is expected to grow at a high CAGR of 7.4% over the forecast period with a relatively high value share. The Android segment is likely to develop with a market share of 46.1% and a CAGR of 6.7%. Android OS is determined to develop as the largest market contributor by 2025.
  • Based on the distribution channel, the OEM segment is foreseen to garner the highest value of almost 36.7% in terms of revenue by 2025 with an annual growth of 8% over the outlook period. The e-commerce segment is likely to account record the highest CAGRs of 7.8% and 9.3% in terms of volume and value, respectively, during the forecast period.

Regional Analysis:

China has been a most preferred area for several technology company. Leading supplier Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., shipped 55.8 million units in the second quarter of 2020 and overtook Samsung, which shipped 54.3 million units in the second quarter of 2020 despite government sanctions. Entering its second year in the United States of America, Huawei can curb the impacts on its international business to compete with Samsung to obtain the top spot in world.

Key market players:

The major players presented in the global smartphones market report are Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Apple Inc., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Lenovo Group Limited, LG Electronics Inc., TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited, ZTE Corporation, and Vivo Communication Technology. Co. Ltd.

1. Introduction                                 

                1.1 Market Definition                    

                1.2 Scope of the report                

                1.3 Study Assumptions                 

                1.4 Base Currency, Base Year and Forecast Periods                          

2. Research Methodology                                           

                2.1 Analysis Design                         

                2.2 Research Phases                      

                                2.2.1 Secondary Research           

                                2.2.2 Primary Research 

                                2.2.3 Data Modelling      

                                2.2.4 Expert Validation  

                2.3 Study Timeline                          

3. Report Overview                                        

                3.1 Executive Summary                

                3.2 Key Inferencees                       

4. Market Dynamics                                       

                4.1 Impact Analysis                         

                                4.1.1 Drivers      

                                4.1.2 Restaints  

                                4.1.3 Opportunities        

                4.2 Regulatory Environment                       

                4.3 Technology Timeline & Recent Trends                            

5. Competitor Benchmarking Analysis                                    

                5.1 Key Player Benchmarking                     

                                5.1.1 Market share analysis        

                                5.1.2 Products/Service  

                                5.1.3 Regional Presence               

                5.2 Mergers & Acquistion Landscape                      

                5.3 Joint Ventures & Collaborations                        

6. Market Segmentation                                              

                6.1 Smartphone Market, By Operating System                  

                                6.1.1 Android    

                                6.1.2 iOS              

                                6.1.3 others          

                                6.1.4 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2019-2025)   

                                6.1.5 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis             

                                6.1.7 Market Attractiveness Index          

                6.2 Smartphone Market, By Distribution Channel                             

                                6.2.1 OEM          

                                6.2.2 Retail         

                                6.2.3 E-Commerce          

                                6.2.4 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2019-2025)   

                                6.2.5 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis             

                                6.2.6 Market Attractiveness Index          

7. Geographical Landscape                                         

                7.1 Global Smartphone Market, by Region                  

                7.2 North America - Market Analysis (2019 - 2025)                            

                                7.2.1 By Country              



                                7.2.2 By Operating System          

                                7.2.3 By Distribution Channel     

                7.3 Europe                         

                                7.3.1 By Country              






                                       Rest of Europe

                                7.3.2 By Operating System          

                                7.3.3 By Distribution Channel     

                7.4 Asia Pacific                  

                                7.4.1 By Country              




                                       South Korea

                                       South East Asia

                                       Australia & NZ

                                       Rest of Asia-Pacific

                                7.4.2 By Operating System          

                                7.4.3 By Distribution Channel     

                7.5 Latin America                             

                                7.5.1 By Country              




                                       Rest of Latin America

                                7.5.2 By Operating System          

                                7.5.3 By Distribution Channel     

                7.6 Middle East and Africa                           

                                7.6.1 By Country              

                                       Middle East


                                7.6.2 By Operating System          

                                7.6.3 By Distribution Channel     

8. Key Player Analysis                                    

                8.1 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd                

                                8.1.1 Business Description           

                                8.1.2 Products/Service  

                                8.1.3 Financials 

                                8.1.4 SWOT Analysis       

                                8.1.5 Recent Developments       

                                8.1.6 Analyst Overview 

                8.2 Apple Inc                     

                8.3 Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd                              

                8.4 Lenovo Group Limited                           

                8.5 LG Electronics Inc                     

                8.6 TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited                     

                8.7 ZTE Corporation                        

                8.8 Vivo Communication Technology. Co. Ltd

                    8.9 Oppo

                8.10 Xiaomi inc



9. Market Outlook & Investment Opportunities                                


                List of Tables                     

                List of Figures                   

  • 8Global, regional and country-level analysis and forecasts of the study market; providing Insights on the major countries/regions in which this industry is blooming and to also identify the regions that are still untapped
  • Segment-level analysis in terms of Operating System, Distribution Channel along with market size forecasts and estimations to detect key areas of industry growth in detail
  • Identification of key drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges (DROC) in the market and their impact on shifting market dynamics
  • Study of the effect of exogenous and endogenous factors that affect the global market; which includes broadly demographic, economics, and political, among other macro-environmental factors presented in an extensive PESTLE Analysis
  • Study the microenvironment factors that determine the overall profitability of an Industry, using Porter’s five forces analysis for analysing the level of competition and business strategy development
  • A comprehensive list of key market players along with their product portfolio, current strategic interests, key financial information, legal issues, SWOT analysis and analyst overview to study and sustain the market environment
  • Competitive landscape analysis listing out the mergers, acquisitions, collaborations in the field along with new product launches, comparative financial studies and recent developments in the market by the major companies
  • An executive summary, abridging the entire report in such a way that decision-making personnel can rapidly become acquainted with background information, concise analysis and main conclusions
  • Expertly devised analyst overview along with Investment opportunities to provide both individuals and organizations a strong financial foothold in the market.
  1. Global Smartphone Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  2. Global Smartphone Market By Operating System, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  3. Global Android Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  4. Global iOS Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  5. Global Smartphone Market By Distribution Channel, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  6. Global OEM Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  7. Global Retail Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  8. Global E-Commerce Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

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