Indian smartphone brands have been highly successful but with the Chinese players entering the market in a big way, the whole scenario may change sooner than expected.
Apple is reportedly considering the opening of physical Apple Retail locations in India, but the WSJ reports that that could be a problem because of an Indian regulation that says foreign retailers have to source 30% of the value of the goods they sell from Indian firms. That would be very hard for Apple to manage, since its components come primarily from Chinese suppliers.
Of late we have been seeing Indian brands launching smartphones in the same price range in which MNC players are introducing feature phones. Of the 25 most viewed handsets in India, 14 were from Indians players as compared to 11 from global brands.
My Chinese friends are such big buyers that they seems always have the impulsion to buying out any supermarket in any free perimeters, especially for the electronics. ( e.g. lots of them had purchase the latest Nexus phones and send back to their friends in China)
Compare with people in other regions, Chinese consumers are the better enthusiasts on the high-end smartphones.
If I get a cheap Chinese Android phone, say a Galaxy clone, will AT&T force me into a data plan like it does with American Android phones? I understand it has to do with AT&T recognizing the IMEI and forcing data plans for IMEIs of known smartphones.