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India now world's third largest smartphone market

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 26 Jun 2013 18:31 User comments (4)

India now world's third largest smartphone market According to Strategy Analytics, India has surpassed Japan to become the world's third largest smartphone market, behind China and the U.S.
The news is not too surprising given that India has a population of 1.3 billion, but it is notable as Japan has long held the spot.

Apple, Samsung and Indian Android OEM Micromax have been driving higher sales thanks to improved distribution, says the analytics firm.

While the average global growth for smartphone shipments is around 40 percent year-over-year, India is at 163 percent. India's market is growing much quicker than China at 86 percent, Japan at 24 percent and the U.S. at 19 percent.

Although Apple is seeing strong growth in the nation thanks to its price cuts and financing programs, Micromax and other cheap domestic Android OEMs are seeing exponential growth figures, ranging from 200 to 500 percent.

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4 user comments

127.6.2013 3:09

the general customers in india simply don't understand the quality difference between a standard brand and a brand that offers cheapo. micromax/karbonn does not come even close to apple, samsung, sony, HTC in terms of reliability, performance (no matter what specs they offer), and above all, customer service. i own a karbonn tablet, and i know how horrendous the product is, and how pathetic the service is. despite my valid warranty, they won't fix the problems, and it is a paperweight now. i am so mad that i am running a community to warn people about karbonn:
https://www.facebook.com/KarbonnSux

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 Jun 2013 @ 2:38

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21.7.2013 4:03

Originally posted by mukhis:
the general customers in india simply don't understand the quality difference between a standard brand and a brand that offers cheapo. micromax/karbonn does not come even close to apple, samsung, sony, HTC in terms of reliability, performance (no matter what specs they offer), and above all, customer service. i own a karbonn tablet, and i know how horrendous the product is, and how pathetic the service is. despite my valid warranty, they won't fix the problems, and it is a paperweight now. i am so mad that i am running a community to warn people about karbonn:
https://www.facebook.com/KarbonnSux
I am in complete agreement. A couple of months back I preferred Samsung Salaxy Grand i9082 at Rs. 17,000/= over a much higher spec and latest Micromax available at Rs.15,500/-

There is not a single actual Indian manufacturer of smartphones in India. For that matter there are simply none in India. These so called independent distributors are simply rebranding a low cost Chinese product. Of these there are dime a dozen in China!

31.7.2013 8:00

considering india has 2nd highest population its honestly no surprise they buy and own a lot of smartphones.


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45.7.2013 12:42

why am I not surprised...

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