Roti, Kapda aur Nokia was the mantra for I don’t know how long. Nokia is the mobile phone which every Indian has in mind. Nokia could have been to mobile phones in India what Xerox is to photo copying. But Nokia slumped in the middle, local folks raised to the top and we have a melting pot with old, new, upcoming and will be coming mobile manufacturers trying to gain a sliver of the mobile market pie.
Opera has released its report for March and everything is in its place. Opera is the popular mobile browser, the mobile web grew by 308%, lot of people are accessing the net via mobile and India is the second fastest growing mobile web market.
Everything is good and right about the report except one thing. If you look at the top 10 handsets accessing the Internet, the list is dominated by Nokia with Micromax just crawling to the #8 position. If you look at the previous reports this has never happened. it was Nokia all the way. Now Micromax has entered Nokia’s bastion.
There will be a lot of ambiguity in reports like these. If we just get past that, two things are clear : Nokia has its job cut out and Micromax is getting back all the advertisement monies it is spending.
With the recent spurt of Android phones, there should be a new flagship phone coming from either Samsung or HTC. An HTC phone not featuring in this list is surprising but all HTC phones are at the middle to top-end phones.