updated 03:55 pm EST, Thu February 2, 2012
comScore Q4 2011 has Android at 47pc, iPhone 30
The sustained effect of the iPhone 4S launch has kept the iPhone growing at the same pace as Android in the US. Google's platform grew a collective 2.5 points over the fall to 47.3 percent, but Apple nearly matched it with a 2.2 percent hike to 29.6 percent. As with much of the past year, the two were only really drawing from other platforms, with the BlackBerry down nearly three points to 16 percent.
Microsoft, which no longer has active Windows Mobile sales supporting it in a significant way, was down to 4.7 percent, while Nokia's outgoing Symbian was at 1.4 percent.
Apple's increase was now putting it within range of overtaking Motorola among total cellphone use. At 12.4 percent, it was less than one percent away from third place in the US. The company was the only one in the top five to gain share: first-place Samsung was exactly flat at 25.3 percent as basic phone users left at too quickly a rate. LG declined, and RIM's overall troubles in the US were still costing it absolute share.
Many consider the winter the core test of whether or not Apple has redefined its position in the US. The company is likely to face a post-holiday lull in iPhone sales, but by how much and its relation to Android isn't definite. Most Android smartphone designers won't have significant updates until the spring and could be in a similar position or worse with their older designs.