India will become the world's second largest smartphone market in 2014, analysts predict
posted by Luis D. / Jan 14, 2014, 9:55 AM
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
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No suprise. Lot of people living there and wealth is growing.
posted on Jan 14, 2014, 10:04 AM 9
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India will be in new hands this time, we expect a turnaround in economy by BJP/AAP.. Congress is gone.
posted on Jan 14, 2014, 10:38 AM 7
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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.
posted on Jan 14, 2014, 12:09 PM 6
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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.
posted on Jan 14, 2014, 10:51 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 14, 2014, 2:06 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 14, 2014, 10:05 AM 0
Hopefully, LG, Micromax, Karbonn, Lava, Xolo etc. will improve their customer service. Right now, only Samsung, Nokia and Sony have decent service.
posted on Jan 14, 2014, 10:14 AM 2
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For midrangers... not for flagships. Nokia & sammy doing a fine job in these regions.
posted on Jan 14, 2014, 10:08 AM 1
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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..
posted on Jan 14, 2014, 10:44 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 14, 2014, 7:35 PM 0
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and yet the Z1 compact is not listed as coming soon for India. WHAT. A. SHAME.!!
posted on Jan 15, 2014, 3:04 AM 1
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