Android Wrecks Symbian’s Supremacy In India: Does Nokia Care ?


Recently, the Indian smartphone market scenario is no more unscathed with the elusive Android mobile OS. Android has enthralled Indian smartphone users and made blurred to Symbian’s future. There was a time – before Q3- when Nokia’s Symbian dominated the Indian smartphone market but now, Android has wrecked the Symbian’s supremacy.

A research analysis firm—IDC—reveals that Android accounts 42.4% share in the smartphone market and it’s the first time that Android has beaten the Nokia’s Symbian in India. Symbian devices are facing intensive challenges from the Android manufacturers like Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

A lead analyst of Mobile Phone at IDC—G Rajiv—said, “Overall, smartphones shipment for the India market showed an impressive growth of 21.4% over the previous quarter and 51.5% year-on-year. This helped the segment grow its contribution to the mobile phone shipment to 6.5% in Q3 from 5.6% in Q2.”

The reason is quite obvious; Nokia has shown fade interest to uplift its own operating system which is quite outdated compare to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Instead of bringing up Symbian, the company has chosen to adopt Microsoft Windows Phone platform. Consequently, the company has released its first Windows Phones lineup Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 in last month.

However, Microsoft is also far behind in the race to defy its strong rival like Apple’s iOS and Android, but the partnership with Nokia might excel the company to regain its market share.

Android has implausibly marked an unprecedented growth of 90% in Q3 over the last quarter. And, Apple has also succeeded to consolidate its smartphopne market share in India from 2.6% in Q2 to 3.09% in Q3 2011.

Although, the spurt of 25.2% has seen in the Dual-SIM handset mobile but it’s incredible that Android alone has made unparalleled 90% growth within a quarter. Despite, Symbian’s trailing, Nokia is still on the top position and the company’s market share has grown-up by 6.8% in Q3.

Despite of rough patches in the Symbian squad, Nokia is still dominating the Indian smartphone market by acquiring the 35.3% total shipment share, while the first runner Samsung stay with only 26%.

Anyway, Nokia might not see its future in Symbian that’s why the company has started to work on Microsoft Windows phone platform in order to crush the rivals like HTC, Samsung, and Apple’s iOS. The company’s decision is still in hazy because it’s not possible to dominate the market with by riding over Windows Phones OS alone. The company needs to take rigor decision over its own operating system Symbian to combat Android and iOS mobile operating System.

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