Feature phones may not be considered the trend but the JioPhone, with 4G VoLTE and campaigned as ‘India ka Smartphone,’ continues to create waves in the .

As the 4th quarter of 2017 ended, the JioPhone is seen emerging as a leader with 27% . Not only is it ahead of Samsung, who is at 14% , it has managed to bring the feature phone market to the forefront with 36% sequential growth.

Driving growth across the board, JioPhone’s shipments apparently grew five-fold in the . They’re locally manufactured boosting verticals in the economy and with more phones being produced it the coming quarter, Jio expects even better performance.

The smartphone market, on the other hand, showed a decline of 19%. Xiaomi and Samsung still being the two players, they expect the market to witness a revival once Samsung launches it’s own online that focuses on enterprise business.

The 4G market alone showed positive growth which is a surprising since December is normally considered to be a lean period. Prabhu Ram, Head-IIG-CMR, says this is probably the economy recovering from demonetisation with the Indian handset market touching historic highs.

What’s interesting is how the 4G market grew. In its 19% growth, 4G smartphones declined by 17% while 4G feature phones grew by a whopping 546%.

Does this mean that 4G is finally getting the market penetration it deserves? And are the reports of the JioPhone getting Android ? We'll have to wait and watch.

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