iPhone 4S inches Apple closer to Android in top market share
Android is still beating Apple in the smartphone wars, but the iPhone 4S has narrowed the gap between the two rivals, according to data released at yesterday’s CES by the NPD Group.
Analyzing last year’s smartphone market, NPD found that iOS’s share surged to 43 percent in October and November from just 26 percent in the third quarter, thanks largely to demand for the iPhone 4S. Though Google’s mobile OS maintained its lead, its share dropped in October and November to 47 percent from 60 percent in the previous quarter.
With Apple and Android vying for the top spot, other smartphone players have lagged far behind, “turning the OS battle into a two-horse race,” according to NPD.
In third place was RIM, which steadily dripped market share over the past 12 months, falling from 19 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 to just 6 percent in October and November of last year. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 also struggled, each grabbing around 1 percent of the market toward the end of the year.
This article will come as a shock to all those that were smugly predicting the demise of the iPhone and the dominance of Android. I would say that iPhone 4S is a rather big hit for Apple.