Tag Archive: Market


India overtakes the U.S. to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market

With over 220 million active users in 2015, India has surpassed the U.S. to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market. Smartphone shipments saw a YoY increase of 15 percent during Q4 2015, with an overall growth for the year at 23 percent, crossing 100 million units.

Counterpoint Research noted that smartphone shipments accounted for more than 40 percent of all mobile sales in Q4 2015, with LTE-enabled handsets in the majority for the first time. Samsung  [Read More…]

Blu unveils Vivo 5 and Vivo XL, priced for mid-range market

Vivo xl 1Blu, a company known for making affordable Android devices, has announced two new devices that will hit the shelves next month. Today at CES in Las Vegas, Blu unveiled its latest two smartphones: the Vivo 5 and Vivo XL. Continuing the Vivo line of devices, the two latest iterations pack most of the same specs.

As the press release indicates, the major differences between the 5 and XL can be found  [Read More…]

The Asus Zenfone 2 is the perfect example of why unlocked phones will rule the market in 2016 (Review)

Being a writer definitely has its perks. The last two phones I reviewed were the Google Nexus 6P and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Both define  “flagship”, and impress in just about every way. You can argue that both phones would please almost any Android fan, but the major downside to both devices is the hefty price tag that is associated with them. The Nexus 6P starts at $ 499 while the Galaxy Note 5 starts at $ 749 excluding  [Read More…]

What you need to know about the Indian mobile market

India is the second-largest mobile market in the world, overshadowing the U.S. earlier this year and now behind China. The major difference from the U.S. market is the lack of carrier subsidies, and as such all phones in the country are available unlocked and sold at retail pricing.

The meteoric increase in mobile sales over the last three years was fueled by excess disposable income and a rising middle class. Given that the U.S. market — as  [Read More…]

Samsung, Micromax, and Intex lead the Indian smartphone market: IDC

According to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments in India jumped 21.4% in the July-September quarter this year to 28.3 million units, buoyed by a three-fold jump in demand for 4G-enabled devices.

In the third quarter of 2015, 28.3 million smartphones were shipped to India – up from 23.3 million units for the same period last year. The total handset market (feature phones and smartphones) grew about 2% to 73.8 million units  [Read More…]

LG unveils G4 White Gold Edition for Korean market

LG has unveiled a new color variant of the LG G4 for its home market of South Korea (at least for now), bringing a splash of white and gold to the handset.

Samsung holds on to top spot in India’s smartphone market

Despite increasing competition, Samsung has managed to maintain its position as the number one smartphone manufacturer in India, according to Counterpoint Research. The South Korean giant has 23.2 percent of the market share in the smartphone segment in Q3 2015, down slightly from 24.5 percent last quarter. In the mobile segment as a whole, the manufacturer has a 19.0 percent market share.

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What the OnePlus X means for the budget market

For those who keep up with OnePlus, we’ve known that a variant dubbed the OnePlus X was coming. I don’t know about you, but my mind had just passed it off as a less significant OnePlus 2. Boy, was I wrong.

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In a way, the OnePlus X ups the quality of the OnePlus 2 but reduces the price. No, it’s not quite that simple, a couple specs do take a  [Read More…]

Samsung and Oculus to bring a new and cheaper Gear VR to market

When Samsung showed off the Gear VR with the Galaxy Note 4 last year, I was pretty excited at the prospect of haveing a VR headset that was built in conjunction with Oculus. Then I saw the price tag and thought, “Nah, I can live without it.” Apparently that was the case for many people because now Samsung has announced that they will bring a newer and cheaper version of the Gear VR to the masses.

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Gigaset enters mobile market with three new Android phones

gigaset featuredGigaset, a little-known German manufacturer primarily focused on home phone systems, has jumped into the mobile market at IFA this week with the launch of three new phones, all powered by Android. It looks like the company is starting off with an emphasis on design and pricing, with the three devices set in different price ranges. Gigaset’s new devices all fall under the “ME” title, which indicates that this could be their flagship  [Read More…]