A total of 102.43 million mobile handsets were shipped to India during the first six months of 2012 ( January 2012 – June 2012) with Nokia ranking the number one position. During the same period Smartphone shipment to India raised to 5.5 million units with clear lead by Samsung, according to CMR’s India Mobile Handsets Market Review, 2Q 2012, September 2012 release.
Feature phones still lead the mobile market in India with 16.9% market share and Smartphone sales also rising with 12.2% market share. Nokia which sells more feature phones like Asha series phone still rules Indian mobile market with 22.2% market share. Samsung takes the second spot with 13.0% market share and Indian manufacturer Micromax takes the third spot with 5.5% market share.
According to CyberMedia Research (CMR), Android OS leads the Smartphone OS market with 56.4% market share, Symbian OS has 17.4% market share, BlackBerry (12.1%), Bada (8.5%), iOS (3.0%) and Windows Mobile with 2.6% market share on a base of 5.50 million units. Samsung with their whole range of Galaxy series smartphones leads the Smartphone market in India with 41.6% market share, followed by Nokia with 19.2% market share and Blackberry manufacturer RIM with 12.1% market share.
“The first half of CY 2012 was witness to the high-decibel launch of Samsung Galaxy S III,HTC One X et al. The second half of CY 2012 continues to see launch of a number of high value, aspirational smartphone models such as the Nokia Lumia 910, Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Apple iPhone 5. This push from vendors and the increasing maturity of the India mobile subscriber community is expected to further push up smartphones as a proportion of total mobile handset shipments in the country in the next few quarters.” commented Faisal Kawoosa, Lead Analyst, CMR Telecoms Practice.