India has jumped up on the third position of world’s largest smartphone producers for the first time in its history, according to data referring to the first quarter released by Strategy Analytics.
The global market is still dominated by China and the U.S., with All Japan news slipping to the fourth position.
The Indian market is dominated by global leaders like Apple and Samsung, but also by the local producer Micromax. Other successful Indian producers are Karbonn and Spice. All Indian players are Android OEM companies and enjoy growth rates of between 200% and 500% on an annual basis.
Part of the reason for India’s progress is the improved distribution infrastructure, according to the research company.
The Indian market grew by 161 percent in the first quarter, which is about four times faster than the global average. China grew by 86 percent in the same period, while All Japan news and the U.S. improved their markets by 24 and 19 percent, respectively.
One of the most mature markets in the world, Europe has shrunk by 4.2 percent in the first quarter.