Q4 data shows that iPhone beat out all Android phones

Research firm shows Android lost ground in Q4

Research firm Kantar Worldpanel has found that the huge demand for Apple's iPhones in Q4, driven by the arrival of the Siri-toting iPhone 4S, has catapulted Apple past the combined sales of all Google Android-powered smartphones over the same period. According to the data, Apple's share of the critical US market doubled year-over-year for the quarter to 44.9 percent. This just beat out Android smartphones, which dropped from a 50 percent share to 44.8 percent, marking the first significant reversal in the platform's recent fortunes.

"Apple has continued its strong sales run in the U.S., UK and Australia over the Christmas period," said Dominic Sunnebo, of Kantar.

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

Apple yesterday reported on what was the second largest quarterly profit result in US corporate history. The company smashed Wall Street consensus with sales of $46.3 billion including record sales of iPhones and iPads. iPhone sales hit 37.04 million units, even though it came up against the high profile launch of Google's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) handset, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Further research by Kantar showed that Microsoft's Windows Phone share held steady at under two percent, with Nokia's mid-level Lumia 800 failing to crack the top list of smartphones sold in the UK. This was despite the phone launching to one of the best smartphone sales results the company has experienced in the UK in recent years. However, Sunnebo remains optimistic about Windows Phone, predicting that Microsoft's nascent smartphone platform will reach a 10 percent share of the European smartphone market. [via Reuters]

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  1. facebook_Jeff 01/25, 08:20am

    All the android weenies now?

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  1. admiralpumpkin 01/25, 08:36am


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  1. climacs 01/25, 08:42am

    wiping Arne's santorum off his bottom

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  1. SockRolid 01/25, 01:12pm

    And in other Android-related news, Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out that Kindle Fire (and other "limited function" padlets) had no effect on iPad sales.

    Are we surprised? No.

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  1. c4rlob 01/25, 04:32pm

    And don't forget that Apple would've sold even more iPhones faster if they had enough in stock to sell.
    All of this while being on fewer carriers and needing to cater to a customer base with higher expectations for quality, service and experience than all the other brands.

  1. DaJoNel 01/26, 01:55am

    Pitiful... Fandroids must down-vote the truth. Hey! You can buy a genuine smartphone on your two-year renewal! All hope is not lost.

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