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Android Headliner: Will India Walk In China’s Footsteps?

June 28, 2015 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

The Chinese smartphone market is the largest one in the world. This Asian country is home to many, many smartphone OEMs, though only a small number of them are known worldwide. I bet that many of you keep on stumbling upon various smartphone manufacturing companies you’ve never heard of before, and I also believe that most of those companies come from China. The Chinese smartphone market has no match at the moment, but considering how fast the Indian market is evolving, that might change in the future. The Indian smartphone market is now where China was a couple of years ago as the growth-rate over there is staggering.

Considering the amount of competition in the Chinese market, OEMs started selling their devices abroad, at least some of them. Some bigger companies even have shops all over the world, or are selling their devices through various carriers. Smaller OEMs sell their devices via various reseller shops located in China which ship those devices all over the world. Speaking of Chinese smartphones, they’re constantly improving both in terms of build quality and performance, and if you take the low price into consideration you get a really tempting package. Chinese smartphones have spread all over the world, that’s a fact, though the amount of such phones varies from market to market. One thing is for sure, we’ll be seeing more of such phones in the future, at least judging by the current situation.

That being said, I bet you haven’t seen many Indian smartphones outside of Asia though. India is also home to many smartphone OEMs but they tend to sell those phone in India only, though some of them ship them in other Asian countries as well. Indian smartphone manufacturers are somewhat different from Chinese ones though, they’re manufacturing specific types of phones which suit the Indian smartphone market, and those are usually low and mid-range devices. Now, the question is, will that change in the future? Can we expect a huge invasion of Indian smartphones as well?

Well, that question doesn’t exactly have a simple answer, but it is certainly possible. India is constantly growing, and it’s a matter of time before one of their companies starts expanding outside of Asia. Micromax, Lava, Intex, Spice, YU… there are a ton of manufacturers in India which may decide to take that step in the near future. Micromax, India’s biggest smartphone OEM, has already stepped forward in a way when they opened up YU, a very interesting company. YU has released two devices thus far, and they’re both powered with Cyanogen OS, and have lots to offer. These two devices sport mid-range specs, but are great performers and have more than a solid build. The most recent device, Yuphoria, is actually made out of metal.

Unfortunately for consumers outside of India, neither the Yureka nor the Yuphoria are available elsewhere at the moment, but that might change. The interest for YU’s devices is through the roof and many consumers outside of Asia are trying to get their hands on one of the two devices. This might actually nudge YU, and other India-based smartphone OEMs and get them to start thinking globally rather than locally. Competition is always good, and it would certainly be interesting to see some Indian OEMs trying to make their way outside of China, just like a number of Chinese ones did already.