Earlier this year, Mozilla (developer of Firefox web browser) had tied up with Intex and Spice to bring smartphones priced at about USD25 (about Rs 1,500) to India.

Priced at Rs 2,299, the Spice device aims to tap the vast majority of feature phone users who wish to switch to affordable smartphones.

The Firefox devices will compete with phones using Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows platforms.

Low-cost handsets prices less than Rs 5,000 and smartphones priced below Rs 7,000 from Asian handset makers including Huawei, ZTE, Micromax and Karbonn have been driving growth in the emerging markets of Asia and Africa.

Technology giant Google, under its Android One initiative, has also partnered Spice, Micromax and Karbonn from India to deliver a smartphone under USD100 (about Rs 6,000) to tap the market.

Smartphone sales in the country grew almost three-fold to over 44 million in 2013, buoyed by affordable devices made by local firms such as Micromax and Karbonn, according to research firm IDC.

In the second quarter of 2014, smartphone sales grew 84% to 18.42 million units from 10.02 million units (in April-June 2013 quarter, as per IDC data.

Samsung is the category leader with 29% market share, Micromax (18 pc), Karbonn (8 pc) and Lava (6 pc).