According to research firm IDC, based on the value of phones sold, Sony's share of the Indian smartphone market hit 9.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013. While that was well behind Samsung's 43% slice of the Indian smartphone pie, it was 2.1 percentage points ahead of Apple's 7% share for the three months ended in December.
Looking at the actual number of phones sold in the fourth quarter, Samsung was on top with a 38% share. Micromax was next with 13%, followed by Sony and Apple. The two had volume shares of 5.5% and 2% of the Indian smartphone market, respectively.
The top phones for Sony in India during that quarter, were the Sony Xperia M Dual and the Sony Xperia C. For the quarter that just ended in March, analysts say that Sony was hurt by Apple's re-release of the Apple iPhone 4 in the country, as an entry-level model priced at $375. In addition, the forked-Android powered Nokia X could also have been a tough challenger for Sony's entry-level Android phones in the region.
Sony tops Apple in Indian smartphone market share
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