India becomes third largest smartphone market in the world, after US and China

India becomes third largest smartphone market in the world, after US and China
India just zipped past Japan in Q1 to become the third largest smartphone market in the world, which explains the special attention everyone is placing on it, scrambling to get a foothold. 

Apple is doing some subsidy tricks to expand market share, and Nokia is relying on low-cost warriors like the Lumia 520, and both are succeeding, but the real winner is Android, which is on the vast majority of Indian smartphones, or 90% at last count.

The two largest smartphone markets are still US and China, but growth in the US has nearly stalled at 19% year-on-year, compared to China (63%), or India (163%), so this ranking is bound to change pretty soon again.

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60 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Daniel, interesting photo you have chosen here. :D

3. ihatesmartphone unregistered

can you guess what phone that guy in the picture used? XD

7. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Motorola?

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Looks like a Nokia, but I can't say which model. :)

9. geetam

Posts: 18; Member since: May 15, 2013

This photo has been on internet for 10 years bro !! India is growing fast !!

12. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

nokia 5110? :)

24. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I had that phone. Yeah that phone definitely looks like it.

28. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

thats my first phone :)

18. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Degrades image of PA for me further..

20. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

If you people think we are at stone age...sadhu baba country..Then you people should know we are way ahead of your imagination & live in your dream!!!!

46. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I didn't have said anything about your country. :)

48. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

you didn't but your mentality indicates!

58. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Where do you see that???

2. geetam

Posts: 18; Member since: May 15, 2013

saint ?? you got only that photo Daniel ?? WTF

15. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Seriously. This just looks plain rude to me as an Indian... reflects a stereotypical view of a first world person towards India, which is horribly wrong. C'mon, you don't see thousands of people walking on road barefooted and with a white beard with a smartphone in hand. Please change the image.

19. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

I'm not Indian nor part of some PC brigade, but I honestly agree that the photo is a biased view of Indian people. Absolutely unnecessary. And I bet most people would be offended if in a article about American users the author posted a pic of a fat, stupid looking redneck carrying a smartphone in his jeans arround. Sided with a gun.

22. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Exactly as you say.

29. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

This is the usual mindset of people who live in a CAVE. Ignore is the best abuse for guys who dervie pleasure and try to display sense of superiority through these insults. They are armchair critics with no knowledge of what India was or is .... they see through eyes of corrupt "Human Watch/Rights" Church funded organizations which are best examples of organizations with double standards where no one spoke when Churchill Gassed the KURDS but half the world went after "Chemical Ali" on some grounds of fictitoius WMD in Iraq.

34. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

You're going too deep for a mobile phone news site -__- but okay

25. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Sorry, folks, didn't realize the guy talking on the phone is a monk, just thought it's a cool photo. Thumbnail changed and apologies...

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

So what that he is a monk? It is funny photo, nothing bad. :)

31. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

No no, there's no religious issue or such. Just that the whole aura the image throws, is nowhere near to current India.

57. yadu004

Posts: 72; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

What did u change? the cigarette in his hand?.. c'mon dude that's rude..

10. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

apple is not in top 5.yaay nokia is 4th

11. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

1.sammy 2.micromax 3.karbonn 4.nokia 5.sony

14. geetam

Posts: 18; Member since: May 15, 2013

I think nokia is on 3rd place....bcoz of lumia 520 ...carbonn on 4rth

33. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Sony is no3 as per latest record , plz cross check your source! n india the smartphone rankings are : In terms of unit sold Samsung Micromax Sony Nokia others ! In terms of profits Apple Samsung Sony Nokia Micromaxx others

40. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

how come Apple comes first in terms of profit when Samsung comes first in terms of unit sold??take note apple not even in your top five in terms of unit sold?? pls explain

16. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

man i must admit canvas series sells just like hotcakes

44. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

interestingly they are really good phones. At that price i didnt hope so, but i was wrong. Micromax doing great job. Waiting for Canvas 4!

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