New iPhone 5 Sales Helps Apple Beat Android In The U.S.
Apple has once again regained the top spot for smartphone market share in the U.S. with the help of iPhone 5, according to a report.
Research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech report has shown the Apple's share in the U.S. market during the August to October 2012 period at 48.1%, compared to 46.7% percent for Android.
Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, comments: "The last time we saw iOS overtake Android in the U.S. was when the iPhone 4S was released and Apple managed to retain its lead for three consecutive periods. This time we predict that Apple will beat its previous high of 49.3% and achieve its highest ever share of the U.S. smartphone market within the next two periods."
The report also provided some data on iPhone 5 sales, noting 62% came from existing Apple device owners upgrading. Apple also captured 13% of iPhone 5 sales from Android switchers.
Meanwhile, Android still dominates in most other countries, including 54.2% of the market share in Britain, 81.7% of the market in Spain, and 73.9% market share in Germany.