Apple Passes by Android in Fourth Quarter U.S. Smartphone Sales

Android is “winning” is something you hear everyday in the press, but in reality that is just not the case. Usually, people make this judgement due to Android having the larger marketshare, but now that’s quickly changing. Just yesterday, it was reported that Apple reported its best quarter ever. During yesterday’s quarterly earnings call, it was revealed that Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones. You know the phone that was considered a flop by pundits. In fact, even Verizon revealed that more than 50% of the smartphones it sold last quarter were iPhones.

Now, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, with just three different iPhone models available for sale, Apple has reached a 44.9 percent share of the U.S. smartphones sales last quarter. Apparently, that was enough to just sneak past the Android platform. Remember, the Android platform has hundreds of devices while Apple only sells three. It should also be noted that these three iPhones lack 4G. Apple’s 44.9 percent share was twice that of a year prior, according to Reuters.

“Apple has continued its strong sales run in the U.S., UK and Australia over the Christmas period,” Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at the research firm said.

“Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover,” Sunnebo added.

Turns out, Apple’s gains were Android’s losses. Android slipped from 50 percent of sales to 44.8 percent.

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