Indians are obsessed with using smartphones for everything from making TikTok videos and streaming music and podcasts to communicating with people and even watching porn. They downloaded over 19 billion apps in 2019, a 190% rise since 2016, the world’s highest. However, spending is still low. They contributed only $120 million, a mere 0.3% of the total consumer spending on mobile apps. 

Yet, mobile brands see potential.

For instance, Beijing-based Xiaomi, the market leader for now, continually launches new devices. Rival South Korean phone-marker Samsung recently invested $500 million in the country and it’s battling for the number one spot.

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