India Is A Different Place For IT

“India has become a mobile-first nation where smartphone adoption is accelerating. Indian consumers’ expectations of technology has changed.
 
In 2015 there were 118 new smartphone models sold in India
 
250 million smartphones are projected to sell in India in 2015
 
by 2017 India could be the 2nd largest smartphone market in the world displacing USA
 
30% growth in smartphone market in India from 1H2014 to 1H2015
 
India is 3rd largest country for Internet browser – 65% of browsing is done mobile”
 
See India smarpthone market trends – MediaTek Infographic
Yes, Wintel barely has a chance in the current market of India. Yesterday, 43% of Internet-pageviews were from Android/Linux. Even GNU/Linux had > 1% share including mobile. Then there was “Unknown”, probably some Linux OS at 6.69%. M$’s most popular OS, “7” only had 19.68% share, according to StatCounter. If you restrict data to desktop only, GNU/Linux reaches 2% and “Unknown” is also 2%.

So, how is Wintel to keep hold of a whole generation of Indian users? No way. Everyone and their dog knows there is an alternative. Wintel can’t even plug up retail shelves any longer because every OEM sells GNU/Linux and many retailers do too. These are greeted with acclaim by Indian users and cost considerably less than units shipped with That Other OS.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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