India is the land of Android smartphones. With even indigenous smartphone makers like Lava, Karbonn, Micromax etc. developing affordable Android phones, the Indian consumer has endless choices.
Mumbai based location search startup, Pricebaba.com did a research on mobile devices in India from data gathered from Indian app developers including CouponDunia, Freecharge, TaxiForSure, The Times of India, Zomato and so on, and came out with an Android Consumption Report. The report is based on 33 million downloaded apps across publishers.
Android Versions Market Share
Jelly Bean came out as the most used Android Operating system with over 52 percent share among all the Android devices. Google’s dashboard shows similar global trends, Jelly Bean has the highest share of over 48 percent globally.
Android 4.4 KitKat came out last year has a 43 percent share. However evidently enough, the latest Android Lollipop is yet not in picture.
Older versions, Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread are declining in both India (5 percent) as well as globally (17 percent). Deepak Abbot, Head — Mobile Growth at Times Internet said, “I guess because true Android revolution began about a year back and majority volume of Android phones were sold in last 12 months (5 million a month each) – hence most of them came with ICS & upwards.”
With the inflow of Chinese mobile makers like Xiaomi, Gionee etc this year, the range of mid-price Android phones has increased. The latest phones are coming with KitKat or are upgradable to KitKat, with the launch of Lollipop this year, these numbers will considerably shift next year.
Top Android Smartphones
The data collected showed Samsung having two smartphones among the top three in India. Moto G (1st Gen) was quite a better device and garnered acclaim from both critics as well as consumers.
Alok Goel, CEO Freecharge, said, “…India had only 2M mobile internet users in 2009 and now we have over 100M mobile internet users. India is already past the hockey stick growth trend on mobile and we are seeing same for our business. Current split of transactions of Mobile Platforms at FreeCharge is Android-heavy at 95%. However, Windows Phone is also growing at a very rapid pace. We expect India to be a country of Android and Windows Phone in a year from now.”