Last week, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Apple’s new iPhone 6 models arrived in India. Everyone aspires to buy either of these premium phones, but not many can afford one, and hence, look forward to low-cost alternatives. The majority of Indian consumers are more interested in value-for-money, which is why several Indian and Chinese phone makers are challenging the likes of Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and LG in the sub-US$400 (INR25,000) category in India. They’re promising premium-feel phones for half the usual price tag.
India’s budget smartphone market is now being blessed with Google’s new Android One program that was first detailed last month. Google has already partnered with three local phone-makers – Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice – to introduce Android One devices at prices starting from INR6,399 (US$105). All three unveiled a device each and made them available through leading ecommerce sites in India.
India has been a through and through Nokia country until recently when the smartphone revolution slayed the feature phone giant from Finland. It was only in the second quarter of 2014 that Nokia was dethroned for the first time as the top feature phone supplier in India by homegrown phone-maker Micromax. But now, a new star from Finland has just arrived with its smartphone, Jolla.
NEW DELHI: Smartphone chipmaker MediaTek will leverage its Android One partnership with Google and use India as a springboard to scale up its presence in the developed markets of US and Europe, where rival Qualcomm has a dominant position. As part of a broader plan with Google, an array of smartphones, including those supporting LTE, a standard for highspeed mobile data, will be launched in India as the associated network develops towards the beginning of next year, Mohit Bhushan, vice president and general manager, US corporate marketing for MediaTek, told ET.
NEW DELHI: Micromax, India’s second largest samrtphone player, Tuesday partnered with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to drive data growth in the country. Under this partnership, Micromax and BSNL will extend unique reverse bundling handset offers of free data usage of up to 2GB per quarter to the Indian consumers.
Google announced the first three smartphones that will be part of Android One, the company’s initiative to bring affordable Android smartphones to developing markets. Each of the three devices, manufactured by Micromax, Spice and Karbonn, has a 4.5-inch display and will first ship in India. The phones will also come to Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka by the end of the year; Google said it would make Android One available in more countries next year.
HONG KONG: Qualcomm’s latest 210 Snapdragon processor will power sub-$100 4G-enabled smartphones by the middle of next year as the US chipmaker gets into a segment that is expected to see strong growth. Larry Paulson, vice president, product management, told ET that his company was working with several Indian handset manufacturers to develop reference designs to bring out the entry-level 4G devices next year.
NEW DELHI: Indian handset manufacturer Micromax on Monday launched its new smartphone Canvas Nitro for Rs 12,990. The phone will be available exclusively on e-commerce portal Snapdeal only. “Canvas Nitro is yet another product from the Micromax stable to democratize technology with amalgamation of superior technology, great design and seamless usability.
BANGALORE: Phone makers and retailers have more than one reason to celebrate this festival season. With the launch of new devices and falling prices, this Diwali is being seen as a bumper season for smartphone sales. “We are thinking, let’s have the volumes ready. I’m sure it’s going to be a hit. The target is to catch Diwali,” said Sudhir Hasija, chairman of local smartphone brand Karbonn, which is gearing up to launch Android One phones in September. Brands like Micromax and Spic ..
BANGALORE: Micromax has overtaken Apple to reach the number two spot in the tablet market in India, with 14% marketshare in the second quarter as the market is still trying to recover. As per IDC, strong performance in Q2 allowed Micromax to beat Apple to the second spot. With 9% market share, Apple stood at the third spot. More than 60% of the overall iPad volume is being supported by their iPad mini.
Sales of handsets in the India market reached 61.07 million units in the first quarter of 2014, with smartphones accounting for 17.59 million units or 28.8%. Notably, smartphone sales showed a 186% on-year growth in the first quarter compared to a 31% growth recorded in China, indicating rising growth momentum in India, according to IDC. The market research firm expects smartphone sales in India to top 80.57 million units in 2014, with a CAGR of over 40% in the next five years.
NEW DELHI: Android One, the Google project that promises rich smartphone experience on low-cost devices, faces its first big test when Micromax, Karbonn and Spice launch products based on it in India early next month. The three Indian manufactures are set to price the handsets between Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000, which is higher than the initially expected sub-$100 (Rs 6,000) tag. At this price, these devices – at least one each initially from the vendors – would give the same experience of ..
Bestv (SHA:600637), the Chinese online media company that’s partnering with Microsoft to sell the Xbox One in China, announced today it acquired digital marketing company AdSage , according to Netease Tech . The deal is reportedly worth almost US$100 million, with Bestv buying 51 percent stakes in both AdSage’s Beijing and Cayman Islands companies. AdSage specializes in social media marketing, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, display advertising, and mobile advertising both for Chinese and international clients.
NEW DELHI: The Indian handset market currently led by Samsung with Micromax at No. 2 could see a reshuffle in the rankings among the top five vendors in coming quarters, as Chinese and local device makers aggressively tap the entry level segment of smartphones, according to market research firm IDC. “While Samsung has held on to its leadership position in the market, it is noteworthy that Micromax is growing faster. Samsung needs to continue to address the low-end of the market aggres ..
Xiaomi’s batch flash sales in India seem to have settled into a repeat routine. Mi 3 stocks have been flying off the shelves in mere seconds each time. Though the Chinese company hasn’t yet divulged exact numbers, it’s likely to have sold about 40,000 units since it launched in India last month. Right from day one, the disruptive young phone-maker made no secret of its plans to take on Korean giant Samsung on Indian turf. Spec by spec, the power-packed Mi 3 was compared to Samsung’s higher-priced devices, leaving Indian consumers salivating over the value-for-money buy. This is now starting to hurt the smartphone leader – not just in India but globally.
MUMBAI: Indian budget smartphone maker Micromax has ousted Samsung Electronics Co Ltd as the leading brand in all types of mobile phones in the April-June quarter, grabbing a 16.6% market share, a recent research report showed. Samsung had 14.4% market share, down from 16.3% in the first quarter, said the report by Counterpoint Research. In the smartphone segment, however, Samsung still came out tops. “Micromax is leveraging its wider distribution reach, growing brand awareness not only in urban but in rural India with affordable low-cost handsets,” said Counterpoint analyst Neil Shah.
A Chinese regulator is conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft over its Windows operating system, in the latest of a growing number of competition probes that have unnerved Western firms in China. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) is also investigating a Microsoft vice president and senior managers, and has made copies of the firm’s financial statements and contracts.
Popular indigenous smartphone maker, Micromax, is all set to launch a new affordable handset Canvas L in India soon. As the name implies, Canvas L is a big-screen smartphone. It flaunts a mammoth 5.5-inch qHD (960 x 540p) IPS screen and ships with the Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS out-of-the-box. Under the hood, it houses a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor backed by sumptuous 1GB RAM, 8GB inbuilt memory and a high-capacity 2,350 mAh battery, which can run the device for up to 8 hours of talk time and close to 210 hours under standby mode.
Microsoft is facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, with the global notebook OS market share for Windows 8 already dropping to below 90%, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Thanks to iPhones and iPads, demand for Apple’s Mac series products has also been rising in the past few years. Meanwhile, Google is seeing increased Chromebook demand from the US and the UK’s education procurement and enterprise markets.
As the region’s cloud market surges towards the US$8.6 billion mark, Microsoft Asia Pacific intends to replicate similar growth in its cloud reseller market. With 23,000 registered partners in the Microsoft Partner Network and over 60,000 resellers, the tech giant is positioning itself for further growth in its cloud partner community. Rising from 2,000 cloud resellers to 14,000 over the past two years, the Microsoft Asia Pacific cloud division business is accelerating at 4.2 times the market growth – with APAC VP Alvaro Celis acknowledging the need to expand.