Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL ) newest iPhone 5 saw a good sign in India recently, selling out of initial inventories after the device launched in the country. However, it was estimated to be only 10,000 to 15,000 units, which isn't a lot overall. India remains a very tough market for Apple to crack due to local regulations that affect retail distribution as well as the lack of carrier subsidies. Google (Nasdaq: GOOG ) Android's ability to tap low price points has propelled it to a 50% market share. Nokia's (NYSE: NOK ) Symbian platform had previously done well, but its market share is dwindling as Nokia adopts Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT ) Windows Phone. Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM ) is also declining. Apple still faces some challenges in India, but it's a good sign that demand is starting to grow.
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