Apple iOS Makes Gains Against Android
Apple has gained market share in the ever-crowded smartphone arena. The uptick came with increased sales of the iPhone 4S, according to data by the NPD Group released at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES).
Apple´s iOS share of the smartphone market increased to 43 percent of all smartphone sales in October and November, up from 26 percent in the third quarter.
Google´s Android is still the market leader, but lost market share at the end of the year. In October and November, Android´s market share was 47 percent down from 60 percent the previous quarter.
Third place is occupied by Research In Motion´s BlackBerry with an October and November market share of 6 percent, down from 13 percent the first quarter of 2011. But Microsoft still struggles to gain any share with their Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile each reaching about 1 percent of the share at the end of the year.
According to CNET, Microsoft is hoping Nokia can give the Windows Phone a boost. Nokia unveiled its new Lumia 900. Expected to sell through AT&T, it is Nokia´s first 4G LTE device to utilize the Windows Phone OS.
NPD also released a list of the ten most popular phones, nine of which are smart phones. Apple remains the number one phone manufacturer with the top three spots occupied respectively by their iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3GS.
Samsung takes up the fourth and fifth slot with their Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy S II, respectively. The remaining phones for the top ten were the HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid Bionic, HTC Evo 4G, Samsung Epic 4G and LG Revere (not a smartphone).
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