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In India, Motorola replaces Nokia as the fourth largest smartphone brand

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In India, Motorola replaces Nokia as the fourth largest smartphone brand
A report from researcher Canalys reveals that in India, Motorola is gaining momentum. At the end of June, the Lenovo subsidiary (assuming regulatory approval) was the fourth largest seller of smartphones in the country. In taking the fourth spot, Motorola leapfrogged over Nokia. The former shipped 955,650 smartphones in the three month period that ended in June, while the latter had 633,720 units in transit during the same time period. That is quite a reversal from the first quarter of 2014, when Nokia shipped 583,160 smartphones, compared to the 379,310 smartphones shipped by Motorola.

The surge in the second quarter allowed Motorola to top Nokia for the first half of the year. Smartphones shipped by Motorola for the January through June period totaled 1.33 million units as opposed to the 1.21 million for Nokia. For the last quarter, Samsung was the top smartphone manufacturer in India, shipping 4.4 million units. That compares to the 3.1 million and 1.07 million shipped by hometown firms Micromax and Karbonn, respectively. The Indian market for smartphones as a whole, grew 9% sequentially in the April through June timeframe.

Motorola's success in the region can be traced to the launch of the Motorola Moto G. The "value" priced model was the first offered by Motorola on its return to the Indian market in 2013. Motorola then launched both the Motorola Moto X and the Motorola Moto E in the country. After discounting the Moto G's price this week by 2000 rupees ($33 USD) for a limited time, the 8GB model costs 10,499 rupees ($172 USD). The 16GB model is priced at 11,999 rupees ($196 USD). Meanwhile, the Moto X is priced at 23,999 rupees ($393 USD) while the entry-level Moto E will cost you 6999 rupees ($115 USD).

source: EconomicTimes via WMPoweruser

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posted on 03 Aug 2014, 13:32 1

1. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)

Not surprising actually.. Nokia hasn't been doing so well and moto only makes cheap phones these days. They have turned from a premium phone maker to a cheap phone maker and it seems to be working for them

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:08 20

6. Scott93274 (Posts: 5348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Cheap and inexpensive are two different things my friend. Motorola has been receiving industry wide praise for the level of quality of their smartphones, from a hardware, software, and aftermarket support. No, they're not flagship specs, but they perform extraordinarily well when compared to other phones in their price range. Heck, the best of the best flagships still don't have Android 4.4.4 aside from the Nexus and Google Play edition phones, The Moto X, G, & E are getting them now. So give credit when it's due. Motorola's market is growing because they're delivering on what consumers are asking for, and that's all there really is to it.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:32 7

13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

They're definitely seeing the benefits of all of their work for high quality. They shipped almost 3 times as many smartphones as the previous quarter in just one country. That's insane.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 16:06 3

25. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

Another thing thats insane is .. that moto phones are exclusive to flipkart only ! And in india.. many people dont have muchh confidence on online shopping so yeah.. selling moto g locally qould have been awesome.!

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:34 2

14. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)

Listen I agree they aren't cheap in the sense crappy but they still have abandoned any fan that word like to enjoy a flagship from them hence my comments. Also I don't classify 4.4.4 as a reason to get their midrange over something else that is a true flagship phone with say 4.4.2 Does that mean I think they are terrible? Not at all. Does that mean I don't understand why they are going this route? Not at all either. I fully understand their new business model but to say this isn't the reason for them being number 3 in a country that generally buys cheaper phones would be silly.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:51 4

20. Scott93274 (Posts: 5348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Well, The Moto X (My current phone) is awesome, I have yet to see another phone on the market that I would exchange it for, so they did well in that regard. But if you want top of the line then maybe you should keep an eye open for the alleged Motorola Nexus device. Granted, it's nothing but rumor at this point, but it is getting closer and closer to the time of year where Google unveils the new Nexus device so maybe it's more than just rumors. A 5.9" device from Motorola (A company that is known for packing in large batteries into small form factor phones) might mean a device that can last four days or more, especially after the modifications to Android "L" which have been reported to improve battery life by 30%. All speculation on my part. I'm simply saying that there's potential to have Motorola blow your mind if you don't count them out.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 20:01

41. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4752; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

And again, specs mean flagship right? Personally, I'd rather have a so called midrange phone that doesn't choke and stutter when I try to use it, and with this I have it. I spents years buying the top end phones, each time with the promise of the new hardware making it run fluidly. It took a so-called midrange device to actually pull it off.

I put my Droid Maxx up against my previous phone, a Galaxy S3. This was just after the S3's KK update to 4.4.2, while my Maxx was running 4.4. The Maxx was as is, in other words running since activation and no factory data reset. I reset the S3 and put them up against each other. The Maxx smoked the S3, which is odd considering I gave the S3 every advantage I could, and they're supposedly on the same hardware, right? So how could that be?

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:26 8

9. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)

Nokia WAS the number one brand in India. There is only one simple reason in Nokia decline in India: WP.

If nokia use android, nokia supremacy in India wouldn't be challenge by Samsung, Micromax, Carbon. WP is the sole reason that Nokia is collapsing. WP is the burning platform.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:31 9

12. Scott93274 (Posts: 5348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Well, Nokia made its bad choices by gambling on latecomer Microsoft so they have no one to blame but themselves.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 16:39 2

30. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

That's basically windows phone in a nutshell. Everyone already uses Android and iOS, so app developers focus on those two platforms. The end result is that windows phone has no mainstream apps or games, and the apps and games that are on there are terrible, so nobody buys them and it continues the cycle. And to be honest, even if they did manage to scrape together some half decent apps, I doubt people would switch to windows phone anyway. The UI isn't very good or intuitive, and it doesn't have all the extra goodies you get with android or iOS.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 00:41

48. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)

Jeez, you just keep at it...? No mainstream apps or games? Is your life really so dull and empty that you have to make up imaginary "facts" for each and every article mentioning WP? Did Bill Gates screw your boyfriend or something?

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:49 2

19. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

Please eat that BS yourself.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:53 2

21. T.Law (Posts: 418; Member since: 10 May 2014)

Vaseline, use it!

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 16:19 1

26. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

Then why is Nokia declining?

Tell us?

No need to attack users with your insults.

When you, yourself have nothing to say,..
It's cause of Wp, disliked platform.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 16:24 2

27. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


There is a different with fanboy and paid shill....

just like you, I also love nokia, my first smartphone is nokia 3650. but when nokia use the failed platform and not as good as competitor, I moved on.

I won't categorize Scoott & DogeShibe & especially Liveitup as a fanboy. They were more like a paid shill to me. They defend all the decision of Nokia/Microsoft, even the bad one.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 16:42 1

31. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

You forgot, Billgates and NokiaFtw, the immature kids, who attacks users instead of the subject.


posted on 03 Aug 2014, 19:02

37. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)

I love that you remembered me neanderthal.. Im no paid shill and you are the worst attacker of anything wp so eat a bowl of my marbles

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 00:42

49. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)

Only immaturity displayed here is by you...

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 04:09

54. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Nokia is declining or has declined because if their ignorance and total blindness to the smartphone boom in 2010. Their laggy and sluggish Symbian couldn't compete with Android and more importantly, iOS. As I've said before, if Nokia had release their first WPs along with the rest when WPs were just being launched in late 2010, perhaps they wouldn't have been acquired by MS today. The same ignorance has led to the downfall of BlackBerry and Motorola as well, though Motorola are making a huge come back thanks to their awesome budget phones. MS must release more Lumias and release them faster, along with proper marketing, to sell more of them. WP is a great platform, it just requires that marketing push from Microsoft to succeed.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 07:39

56. meanestgenius (Posts: 16278; Member since: 28 May 2014)

True, ignorance led to BlackBerry's problems, but just like Motorola, BlackBerry is making a comeback as well. This is evident in their latest ER and acquisitions, partnerships, new handset releases and production, and new areas in which BlackBerry is entering.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 07:43

57. Scott93274 (Posts: 5348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I'm sorry, but you can't make a claim like that unless they actually turn a profit, and right now, there are no sales.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 13:39 7

2. Anshulonweb (Posts: 436; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

if xiaomi play their cards right and make the phones available for sale, i won't be surprised if they land in top 3 spot......please xiaomi don't waste this.opportunity and get over with the foolish flash sales....

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:03

5. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)

I have to agree.. Of course that's if the rumors of sell out and it only being a few hundred phones. Also they need to nip that Chinese big brother thing too. I think they have attractive phones for the most part.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:27

10. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)

I hate the way XiaoMi sell their phone. I want my new phone when I want it, not when XiaoMi want to sell it.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 13:41

3. mocir (Posts: 23; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Well Indians mostly buy budget phone so Motorola can sell better there than they usually do in other countries.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:03 2

4. CyberFalcon (Posts: 223; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)

Here in India Motorola products are exclusive to Flipkart...
And flipkart alone sold 1.33 Million units.
If motorola takes out that exclusivity and with proper service centers it ll surely be the No.1 company...

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:09 2

7. Scott93274 (Posts: 5348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Well, lets hope for good decisions and market growth.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:22 6

8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Seems like there is no lack of evidence that WP is, in fact, a burning platform.

There is no escaping from karma.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:28 1

11. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)

WP IS the burning platform. Elop is very smart to make us think Symbian were the burning platform.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:45 1

17. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

Only thing burning is your common sense, its a Sunday give trolling WP a rest, that goes for the other troll as well.

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