Apple's iPhone now accounts for over half of US smartphone sales, but in the UK and the rest of Europe - and the rest of the world, for that matter - Android phones still hold a healthy lead.
"Apple has reached a major milestone in the US by passing the 50 per cent share mark for the first time, with further gains expected to be made during December," said Dominic Sunnebo of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, which conducted the research behind their sales-share report.
The report, from the London-based "consumer knowledge and insights" research group Kantar Worldpanel, provides information on 2011 and 2012 smartphone sales in nine countries, plus combined stats for the UK, Germany, Italy, France, and Spain, during the 12 weeks leading up to late November of those two years.
In the US, sales of iOS-based phones - Apple currently offers the iPhone 5, 4S, and 4 - grew a healthy 17.5 per cent from the 2011 period to the 2012 period, rising to 53.3 per cent of all US smartphone sales. This bump was no doubt helped by the arrival of the iPhone 5, which was available during nine weeks of the 2012 survey period.
Android sales in the US, on the other hand, dropped by 10.9 per cent to 41.9 per cent. RIM's BlackBerry phones also lost sales share to Apple, dropping from 7.0 per cent in the 2011 period to a mere 1.4 per cent in 2012.
SOURCE: Rik Myslewski