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Apple reclaims the smartphone share top from Android in the US, buoyed by the iPhone 5 sales

0. phoneArena 27 Nov 2012, 07:39 posted on

The researchers from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech just released their current market share survey, and Apple netted 48.1%, against Android's collective 46.7%, buoyed by the breakneck iPhone 5 sales...

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posted on 27 Nov 2012, 07:41 16

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

Apple iPhone!!! :D

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 10:15 5

32. iGREGG (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


posted on 27 Nov 2012, 10:22 7

34. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12980; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Was there any doubt? The iPhone 5 is hugely popular and a phone worth having.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 14:00 8

38. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

Some people love to use one hand and other hand do - What? iPhone era near to the ending.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 10:04 1

50. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12980; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

There's no end in sight.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:01 14

2. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

i just want to see how would android and iphones be when the GS IV and iPhone 5S are released on the same month, if that happens, then we will see the real champ ;)

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:31 5

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

You can get an approximation of what you are asking in total annual sales metrics. The area in between the Android and iOS lines represents the difference - Android is making more sales overall than iOS when annual sales are considered. GS III is a large part (but not all) of total Android sales. The next thing is to split out GS III sales from total Android sales.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:50 9

15. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Don't worry this "anal'yzed" RESEARCH (cough, cough) is only fabricated (probably by Apple) so Apple shares can bounce back from their recent nose dive as, how can this be OFFICIAL if there is still more than a month remaining in Q4?? Android holiday sales will gobble-up this so-called "RESEARCH"!! This is more like one of those horrifically wrong weather forecasts!!

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 18:55 2

47. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Reminds me of Ancel Keys flawed 7 nation research which resulted in best ever scam which facilitated in incerasing the profits of pharma mafia who pushed STATIN Drugs more like ketchup ... and thus the scam ...

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 14:15 2

40. andro. (Posts: 1998; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

This is a temporary thing,iphone sales are always high at launch due to ifans drooling cash,then the sales figures descend. Of course outside the apple crippled US the ios is being battered senseless in market share by android in most parts of the world. In my store the galaxy s3 alone outsells the iphone 5 by about 3 to 1 alone never mind even adding figures for other top android handsets. The short lived iphone rush is well and truely gone in alot of countries with customers seeking better products than the iphone

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:02 8

3. flower99 (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)

if you think apple will become the history because the absent of steve job, you are wrong!!!

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:02 5

4. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Who is Kantar Worldpanel and why would their findings be relevant, as well as in defiance of actual sales figures?

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:24 1

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 21233; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Who is box, and why would your post b relevant

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:35 6

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Market analytics firm? Just because they publish a report, doesn't make it gospel. I could post that the Sun rises in the West and sets in the East, but that doesn't make it true. At one point a few hundred years ago, the Catholic church held that the Sun rotated around the Earth....

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:56 2

18. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

iOMG, you mean it doesn't!?

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:17

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 21233; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Droid actually the sun doesn't rise or set. The earth orbits the sun with us on, giving the illusion the the sun is moving around us when actually we r moving around it.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:18 1

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 21233; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

My point is only when analyst list apple in the lead is their validity questioned. When android or Samsung is listed as the leader these same commenters never question it.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:35 3

25. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Why question truth and fact? Android doesn't hire and pay "independent" MiSresearch Firms to market studies that in no way can be complete, given the fact that we're still in November of Q4. Samsung doesn't hire MiSresearch Firms to juxta'iPose their numbers to spike stock value. Talk to me in January 2013 when sales numbers for said devices become "official"!

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:45 4

28. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I question those sort of things all the time, especially when polls, surveys, and analyses are involved. There was one not long ago about the Lumia being the best-selling phone from one small retailer in the UK, and while that was great news, it isn't necessarily indicative of a worldwide (or even UK-wide) trend.
The figures might be accurate, but it would only be because more phones are being sold in the same quarter, that is, if androids consistently sell X number quarter-on-quarter, but iphones sell X amount of phones one quarter per year and fewer every other quarter, Androids will sell more phones overall (which is, in fact, roughly the case).

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:44 2

27. Commentator (Posts: 3685; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Why does it matter who has a larger market share anyways? Can't you just love the smartphone for the beauty that it represents, rather than being a slave to its public adoption?

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:09 4

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I'm ok with people swarming to buy the iPhone. Help keep my high end smartphone price reasonable.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:12 8

6. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

this shows europe is smarter than the us. ;)

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:18 4

7. jove39 (Posts: 1858; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Well...people still like 4" screens?

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 14:13

39. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

I think it is okay for people swarming in to buy a boring over price iPhone, iDevice only for not power user. That's what all about.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:23

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 21233; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

MeoCao: They're lying right?

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:34 1

11. Aeires (unregistered)

iUsers are finally seeing what we've been saying for years, bigger screens are better. In the US, anyway.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:41

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

You are also seeing what happens when leaks about new products get out of control - sales of the 'old' toy fall off a cliff. Sammy manages that circumstance through aggressive discounting. Apple is too pure to discount - only the unwashed engage in discounting.

I wonder if details about the iP6 will be allowed to leak out? There was a reason Steve was so obsessed with controlling the release of product information.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:53 1

16. Aeires (unregistered)

It would indeed appear that Apple security/secrecy is dead.

I do believe it was the bigger screen though, even 4S owners upgraded. As close as the 4S is to the 5, the only real difference is the screen size being bigger. If that is indeed true, then every three to four years all Apple needs to do is add 1/4" to the screen and people will buy them in droves.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:51 2

29. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Not sure about the "buy them in droves thing"; they have to do a bit more than that. iphoners are becoming more aware of how stale and incapable their phones are, to the point that some of my die-hard apple friends returned their 5s and either switched to Galaxies (and one OneX+) or WindowsPhones or will wait for apple to release a OS overhaul to buy another.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:48 2

14. twens (Posts: 978; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

Hahahaha! This will only happen in the US. AMERICANS.lol anything Apple they will buy. Thank God the rest of the world dont think like the US.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:03

20. oister85 (Posts: 493; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

That's true here in the states ppl don't care about phone awesome specs. The people just buy the iPhone becouse is popular amongs them.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:55

17. boosook (Posts: 1436; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Italians are so stupid (I'm Italian, so I can say it... :) ), they're so loyal to Nokia that they are the only one to buy windows phone!

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:00 1

19. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

A good question to ask would be how many of the iPhone 4 @ $.99 and the 4S @ 99.99 are accounting for iPhone sales. My store sells 20 iPhone 4 and 4S's to every iPhone 5, so I suggest that people are going more for cheap rather than premium at this point concerning the iPhone. I also suggest that if this is true at other locations, then even the title of this article is wrong. I don't see that the graph on the left differentiates between the phones. Just food for thought from what I see every day at work.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:20

24. cdgoin (Posts: 533; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

Not bad that PRE Windows Phone 8 release WP had a +11% share in Italy.

Curious what the 4th Qtr results will be. T-mobile has been constantly backlogged in the stores on 8X and 910 models, in the stores. Online they seem to have been fairly available.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:39 2

26. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

U.S. teens are the worst ..

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 10:01 1

31. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

I'm sure that a big chunk of that iOS share is coming from the 3GS, 4 and 4S. As these people who buy iPhones are the cheap people who can't buy phones off-contract. iPhone4 is now free.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 11:33 1

35. Schmao (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)

The iPhone 5 is a good device, but I know I'm not the only one who was disappointed. Basically they just took a 4S, slapped a larger screen on it, and called it a day.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 12:55 1

36. tedkord (Posts: 11662; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Misleading headline. This is only sales for a period of time. Market share is overall numbers, and overall Android is still leading iOS in the US by a healthy amount. Its still an impressive feat.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 14:25

41. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

If it was the other way around fandroids will be claiming victory but when is not they even do a background check on the source.. too funny .. can't take defeat..

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 14:47

43. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

I don't doubt that iPhones are selling well, I just don't think it's the iPhone 5 driving iPhone sales. I see tons of 4's and 4S's sold, close to a rate of 20 to 1 compared to the iPhone 5's. More people are going for the cheaper option. I'd hardly call what I've seen in my store "breakneck" speed of sales for iPhone 5's. All I'm doubting is ther percentage of iPhones being sold being mostly 5's.

I could be wrong, but I'm just going on what I've seen at my store.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 17:08

44. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Okay, so the iPhone 5 continues to do well, especially here in the US. It is also trending up in a few European markets. I am not going to drop off the Earth from the shock of that surprise. Also not going to pee myself from the shocking revelation that Android is selling well.

I expect the 4th quarter results to be promising for the future of Nokia, but totally dominated worldwide by Android and Apple to have held up well from year on year results. For that matter, so does every other mobile enthusiast. It is not hard to gauge this year.

Next year? More fun. Android and iOS will of course be 1 & 2, but how well will BB10 turn out? How will WP8 have grown, and what will come from new devices? Will any of these smaller OS rollouts (Tizen, Firefox, new Meego) have any traction?

That will be fun......

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 17:31

45. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

"The researchers from Kantar Worldpanel just released their current market share estimates,"

The key words, "RESEARCHERS" and "Estimates". So someone wants to write about this base of a researcher? Not the facts of actually how they did by the reports. So I want to know is does this research comes from?

How funny when there are facts to bring out the report of much product they really sold by the vendors. But they have bust out the "RESEARCHERS"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another amazing part of Apple's Marketing Department!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 18:07

46. MC1123 (Posts: 1255; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

i think the only market that apple dont fail is in its mainland... the US of A!

im pretty much sure everywhere, android, nokia, blackberry rules!

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 23:27 1

48. Sick49er (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

had the droid 1, droid x, fascinate, and the thunderbolt! got a iphone 5 when it came out "a month ago" and I WILL NEVER GO ANDROID AGAIN! iphone all the way :D

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 04:28

49. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

android's reign at the top has ended in my opinion. I also believe that Windows Phone will gain a significant share of the smartphone market over the next 12 months.

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