There has been a dispute for India’s largest smartphone vendor for a long time and this time it seems that the race is getting close to the end, at least for Samsung.
Last week a report from Canalys (a research firm) claimed that in the last quarter of 2014 Micromax had dethroned Samsung and became the largest smartphone vendor in India. The data presented in that report suggested that Micromax’s share had grown to 22% against Samsung’s 20%.
Samsung was quick to refute this report, of course, and presented a report from another firm (GfK) which put its market share at 34.3%, thus stating that they still lead the market.
CyberMedia Research’s report also says the same but still reiterates that Samsung its losing its firm grip. Their report data shows that the total handset shipments in India exceeded 257 million units in 2014, and of those 16.5% was accounted to Samsung while Micromax and Microsoft (Nokia) came in at 13.3% each.
The firm states that since Samsung was seen losing its grip on the market and the market share continued on a downward trend throughout the year.
On the other hand Micromax seemed to gain grip between April and June but remained flat during the rest of the year.
Samsung is clearly under pressure from local manufacturers in the country but it appears that the company hasn’t lost its crown just yet.