Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Android overtakes iOS in US smartphone sales

While a report awhile ago claimed Apple to be the most favoured phone in the USA, a contradictory reports surfaced Tuesday that Google's mobile OS scooped up more half of U.S. smartphone sales from mid-November through mid-February.

The research carried out by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, shows that Android sales increased to 51.2%, up from 45 percent during the same three-month period in 2012. Over the same time, Apple's iOS dropped to second place as its share of U.S. sales fell to 43.5 percent from 47 percent.

The upsurge in Android OS is mainly due to Samsung's smartphone gaining an ascendancy over Apple - Samsung's sole competitor in USA. The Android liking is also due to the fact that it is much easier and cheap than the complex iOS, for which most of the users resort to jailbreaking.

The following chart says it all:

As for the rest of the smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone saw an increase in sales share, jumping to 4.1 percent from 2.7 percent a year earlier. Beyond Android, Windows Phone was the only platform to see its share of sales increase, according to the report.

(via C|net)
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