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China Supersedes US’s Smartphone Market

The Strategy Analytics, a research firm, has revealed that China has recently surpassed the US in the smartphone market. It has been revealed that the delivery and operation of smartphone in China market has increased by
58% in the third quarter of this year.

It is believed that a surge in the China’s smartphone market has occurred due to subsidies offered by operators like Apple. Moreover, lower price smartphones running on Google have also helped in boosting the Smartphone market of China.

Although the smartphone market of China has witnessed a surge, its shipments in the US have experienced a decline of 7%. Nokia alone shipped 6.8 million smartphones to China. Beside, Samsung shipped about 4.2 million smartphones in the China.

While commenting upon the progress of China’s smartphone market, Strategy Analytics Executive Director Neil Mawston said, “China is now at the forefront of the worldwide mobile computing boom. China has become a large and growing smartphone market that no hardware vendor, component maker or content developer can afford to ignore”.

It is for the very first time when China has overtaken the US in the smarphone market. China has gained the reputation of world’s largest mobile phone market as it has 952 million users. Moreover, its market is continuously growing. With the advent of 3G phones, it’s believed that the China’s smartphone market would witness more demand.

As the China has turned a powerful smartphone market, the international hardware vendor and component developers can not afford to ignore it. In the coming time it will be interesting to see as to how far the smartphone market of China grows worldwide. Moreover, it would also be interesting to see as for how long it continues to supersede the US smartphone market.

Indians Slam Apple for Launching iPhone 4S at Much Higher Price than its US Retail Cost

The anguish and frustration of Indian mobile fascinates and users, who had long been waiting for the launch of iPhone 4S in India, erupted within a matter of few hours of announcement of the cost of iPhone 4S on the websites of Aircel and Bharti Airtel on Friday.

In no time, the social networking media was overflowing with comments disdaining the smartphone maker Apple. The launch price of iPhone in India is Rs 44,500 and evidently, it will be much more costly in India than in the rest of the world. Though various online shopping sites, like ebay, are claiming 10% off on purchase and shipment of iPhone 4S in India, the customers are fuming with the fact that the retail price of Apple iPhone 4S in India is much more than its retail price in the United States.

On micro-blogging site Twitter, comments started rushing in soon after the official announcement of the price was made by Bharti Airtel and Aircel. Some of the interesting tweets even mentioned few items that are shockingly cheaper than the latest smartphone by Apple.

A few of them included: LED television sets, one year’s petrol bill and return tickets plus three-day stay in Colombo/Dubai/Bangkok, etc. Tweets mostly condemned Apple for being harsh on Indian users, as the price of iPhone 4S in India is shockingly 35% more than that in the United States.

However, the situation holds no novelty for Apple or Indian users, for that matter. Starting from iPods, Apple products have always been priced considerably higher in India as compared to other nations like Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States.

While expressing his opinion in this regard, an industry executive, who has long been eventful in monitoring response of Indian users for such international gadgets, said: “Most customers who wanted the 4S are internet savvy. They took price cues from other markets”.