India will become the world's second largest smartphone market in 2014, analysts predict
Smartphone sales in China, which will retain its number 1 spot, are estimated to reach 283 million, with 216 million going to first-time customers. Meanwhile, smartphones sales in India are estimated to reach 225 million, with 207 million bought by first-timers.
Together, the two emerging markets will record over 500 million sales, and add more than 400 million new users of connected devices. The collective amount of smartphones sold in China and India will account for half of the 1.03 billion devices sold in 47 key countries in total. And the number of mobile internet consumers – also smartphone owners - from developing markets will surpass that of the developed world, growing by a whopping 27 times.
In the USA, smartphone sales are forecast to be 89 million, with first-time users nabbing 47.5 million of those. According to Brad Rees, managing director of Mediacells, the United States is expected to continue adding new smartphone users at an average of 3 million per month – consistent with the past two years. Interestingly, Mr. Rees predicts a rise in interest among customers aged 14 and under, with smartphones from Motorola, Samsung, and LG leading this market segment.
The rest of the Top 10 markets by smartphone sales volume will advance as follows: Brazil (47 million sales, 38.2 million first-timers), Indonesia (46 million sales, 39.8 million first-timers), Russia (31 million sales, 21.4 million first-timers), Japan (30 million sales, 22.9 million first-timers), Mexico (23 million sales, 16.3 million first-timers), Germany (22 million sales, 12.2 million first-timers), France (18.7 million sales, 11.21 million first-timers), and the UK (17.7 million sales, 8.24 million first-timers).
source: The Guardian
1. ihavenoname (Posts: 961; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
No suprise. Lot of people living there and wealth is growing.
6. brar.arsh (Posts: 105; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
India will be in new hands this time, we expect a turnaround in economy by BJP/AAP.. Congress is gone.
13. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Yup .. Kejriwal & Co is a Congres Proxy.
15. rd_nest (Posts: 605; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
WOW! Amazing guys.
Mind if you share the Krystal ball. You political trolls keep infesting even tech blogs.
Do some real good -- kill yourself. The world will be a better place without trolls like you.
If you want to join a political party, go do it at relevant places., Leave tech articles aside. None of your trolling belongs on a tech blog.
16. brar.arsh (Posts: 105; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Here we are discussing emerging markets, which solely depends on the political system of a country.
What is the point of your post, what useful info did you share?
8. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Not only that, but people here make most use of their devices. Most of businesses like Courier guys have already adopted to the use of whatsApp. Even police have started using it. Much of the market growth is accelerated by whatsApp.
India will see a HUGE rise in 2014. I live here and I can tell. And this will be spearheaded by local brands like MicroMax, Lava, Xolo, Karbonn. These companies are improving on the after sales service and their handsets are already awesome. Me and lot of my friends are only using Indian brands.
18. Ronny666 (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)
My friend, don't claim that those devices are made in India.
They are designed, engineered and manufactured by China then rebadged in India. India is far from making their own devices.
Smartphone market is growing in India not because the population is getting wealthier or due political stability, but because:
1) very highly populated country
2) low end and midrange smartphones are becoming more affordable (not many flagship devices sold in India compared to some tiny countries)
3) smartphones becoming a necessity and fashionable despite the penetration rate of desktops and laptops are still low in India
I would say India should compete with China not in terms of sales but also in technology, engineering, wealth distribution and education. It is pointless to compete with smaller developing countries.
2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6621; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Well nothing can top China as they're pretty much the most populated country in the world. I have high expectations for smartphone growth in India and hope low priced but great devices flood the market.
4. AppleHateBoy (Posts: 447; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
Hopefully, LG, Micromax, Karbonn, Lava, Xolo etc. will improve their customer service. Right now, only Samsung, Nokia and Sony have decent service.
14. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Sony service sucks. But i still biu Sony phones with hope that i will never have to go to service center. Sony service is as bad as Micromax -- full of parrots and no real custoemr support.
24. AppleHateBoy (Posts: 447; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
I own a Xperia L. The phone has made 2 trips to the service centre. I find their support just ok. Their english is really poor though. They write "sensor" as "sanser".
21. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2873; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Nothing can top China❔.. Closed minded, don't you think❔..
3. jcdz89 (Posts: 52; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)
For midrangers... not for flagships. Nokia & sammy doing a fine job in these regions.
7. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2873; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Every market's market share is the size it is because of low end, and midrange, devices.. Lumia devices will push WP's market share over 10% this year, really giving Apple some serious competition.. The US, and China, will eventually catch on..
19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6621; Member since: 14 May 2012)
That's been said for the past three years. It isn't happening bud.
20. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2873; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Its been said by who, unrealistic people who say things because it sounds good❔ Anyone who said that before now doesn't know what they're talking about.. Show me a reputable source who said that 3 years ago.
5. sergiobr (Posts: 309; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
Brasil is growing faster !!! But at about $ 1200 for a Note 3 is too much. Many taxes !
9. Teja171 (unregistered)
As if it was cheap in India.
10. jpvala (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
I think google should read this article and make nexus 5 little bit cheaper..
Currently it is 471$ for 16gb from the playstore..
12. aayupanday (Posts: 357; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Smartphone numbers in the country will surely increase since a number of students would buy new smartphones as they'll graduate in their boards and head for colleges and institutions.
22. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)
and yet the Z1 compact is not listed as coming soon for India. WHAT. A. SHAME.!!
23. vidyadhar (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
Yah, I was eagerly waiting for it. But they didn't announce it. I think so they go for product announcement with Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia E"1" as before Z"1" way