Microsoft is now the third largest smartphone vendor in India

Microsoft is now the third largest smartphone vendor in India
Microsoft now has 12% of the smartphone market in India, according to research firm Gfk. For Microsoft, that is good enough for third place. Which manufacturer is on top? If you guessed Samsung, you're absolutely correct. The latter's 33% market share in the country is good enough for first place. Behind Samsung, but in front of Microsoft, is India's own Micromax with an 18% slice of the Indian smartphone pie.

Toss featurephones into the equation, and Samsung's leading market share drops to 25% with Nokia's 21% putting it hot on its rival's tail. With those parameters, Micromax is third with 13.5% of the Indian handset market. Thanks to lower smartphone prices, many consumers in the country are getting their first taste of what using a smartphone is all about.

Unlike many other reports, the figures here are based on actual sales, which allows us to have a more legitimate look at what the consumer is buying in India. The data show that Nokia remains a player in the handset market, although it no longer involved in the production of Windows Phone powered smartphones or the forked Android powered Nokia X.

source: TimesofIndia via WMPoweruser

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41 Comments

1. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Didn't Microsoft just shut down its Nokia facility there? I can't see how it will maintain that position in the future (which it only has now because Nokia used to have like 70 percent market share in India - now 12).

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia was king because of their great hardware quality and of course Symbian OS. people didn't choose WP and nokia start declining market share. i hope nokia will come back soon with Android because people choose android most just like symbian.

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Nokia will be back in 2106 with Android phones, I don't like Android! Hope they can revive Meego or Symbian! I now use WP which is good and stable better than crappy Android and yes i am a former Android user. And Iphone i will never use!

7. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yes we all will be buying a Nokia Android phone in 2106. I'm gonna start saving up for it from now itself.

40. chanarundy

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 09, 2014

yes ,,,I am WP user too ,,use it since it was 5. . I try to use android ,,but no feeling like it ,, ,,it is not smooth .. like WP...

6. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That is simply a straight faced lie. Nokia was in trouble before MS entered the picture, when Nokia D&S was sold to MS its market share was growing.

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I agree....but if they choose android that time.....Nokia would have been in different position. Wp was new....so it was hard choice for Nokia....to create new position and gain market share again. Android was mature that time, so choice wasn't hard, and I know it was new too, but Nokia would have been make good position and gain quick market share.

9. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Different, yes ; but maybe not better ..

12. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

windows is still new not matured yet it doesnt provide anything that can attract buyer accept tiles/UI no quality app , lack of app updates, os is still behind other os and also overpricing as well.... eg. 1020 last year was at 50k now its available at 22k thats a big drop even that it wont get the new features with upcoming update.. due hardware limitations..

18. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

It was a choice between being a big fish in a small market or a small fish in a big market, which was totally dominated by Samsung at the time. It must have been a tough decision, but at the end of the day the financial backing MS were offering must have swayed them as Nokia were already haemorrhaging money at that point. Unfortunately things had gone wrong for Nokia long before that though; it was the battle between the Meego and Symbian development teams that killed their chances in the smartphone market, especially once Symbian won the internal battle.

22. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Actually Nokia would have been in a much worse position had they gone with Android, Samsung and other Android OEMs would have squeezed Nokia out of the market, when you're facing financial hard times jumping into a crowded pond is never the answer, look how long HTC and others have been making Android what is its market share, few OEM's make money off the OS, Nokia considered Android but saw there was no future there.

29. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Don't think so because its Nokia. WP was kinda dead before Nokia arrived in the game. No one in my region ever even considered buying WP devices till Nokia entered the game. And you can't compare HTC with Nokia, HTC can't find much success in WP also, even before Nokia was in the scene. True their smartphones are great and cool but they are still a small company compared to Samsung, Nokia, LG , Sony etc they don't manufacture anything their own and they are costly in my region compared to others. Many in my region still believe them as a Chinese manufacturer. If you want to compare nokia, then compare them with LG, Sony etc(that sounds like more fair) they are still on better position than Nokia(Microsoft). So I think Nokia has a better future with going Android and WP at the same time. Going WP alone doesn't seems like a good idea. Many people I know simply turn off from nokia just because of the OS. In a way we cant blame them because they were used to nokia and Symbian with such openness. So android would have suited them much better than WP. Things should have been much better if it weren't for Microsoft. I mean Look at the current state of nokia, well there is no nokia at all. They should've gone with android and WP same time and be successful or may be die as a hero(we can't predict what will happen but I feel more possibly for success though) "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. ". (though M$ is not the villain but they still sucked them in).

31. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

hey Liveitup , back o that remember nokia was ppl favorite trusted phone , not samsung ! nokia would be better look at all these manufacturer , are they dead ? all local and international phone maker , android big market share throw a fish to everyone

13. bendgate unregistered

Probably wouldn't have beat Samsung but I think they would have survived with Android. Anyway, they helped WP to be better.

30. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I agree. Going WP along with Android would've been much better decision than going WP alone(think). A WP version of the phone along with the same Android version with close vanilla skin like Moto...

15. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

this is just a theory from america to prove elop is right, you know nokia 5230? which sold more than more than 150m? no smartphone have ever done that. nokia 5230 was hot in 2010 and 2011 and at the same time elop killed symbian. so tell me brother the best selling smartphone ever in this world together with its os was killed and we were told the future is wp and nokia is burning does that make sense to you? when they kill symbian(which can be used with 64mb of ram and 300mhz of processor) they keep alive nokia asha series which need more resource than symbian and do less because its not smartphone os. if symbian was here today we could have $20-$40 smartphone which is capable of running latest software.

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

+5230....

32. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

trojan horse indeed i hate him

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nokia was in trouble and Microsoft took advantage of that. They end up buying it for a bargain. I blame Nokia own Nativity for believing that Microsoft would help them while history suggested otherwise to all Microsoft ex partners.

28. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Oh shut it troll, always negative ish, give it a rest. Not everyone wants Android.

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The truth hurt so bad! LOL!

39. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You are right I want Nokia symbian. I bought every Nokia N series phone and are very happy with it until Elop came along. Burn in hell Microsoft!

34. MrOmkar

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

But that doesn't changes the fact that most of the Lumia owners are Nokia fans at some point if now always and microsoft is trying to ignore it!

14. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

did you read nokia conflict with indian government? absolutely not. product of nokia facility in india must be exported to other countries and not used in india. after indian governmet learn that nokia is selling product of that facility within india thats why they sue nokia. so if that facility remain productive or not it wont affect microsoft sales in india, it will affect sales in other countries

20. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Forget about devices.. MSFT should and will think of their eco-system. Micromax will be selling Windows phones!

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Good keep it up!

5. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

What crap?

10. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

What the phak? Not a single ms phone is released yet & they are now 3rd largest. If you mean by Nokia I understand. Its like stealing someone else's credit. Poor Nokia.

11. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

thanx to n730 .../ its selling like a hot cake.. but its because of nokia name.. thats the only windows phone which is selling well.. also it has lots of issues as like battery drain problem , sim network issue , flickering issue etc.... google it you will get the list.. as nokia is replaced by microsoft .. then its actually nokia

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It would be fitting if India goes to 100% WP. They will learn what being ruled by Microsoft is really like (which much of the rest of the world has already learned, especially the West). Of course, then India will need some sort of "Gandhi of IT" to lead them out of darkness, to freedom.

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