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Nielsen's Q4 numbers are out, Apple seen with huge boost thanks to the iPhone 4S launch

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Nielsen's Q4 numbers are out, Apple seen with huge boost thanks to the iPhone 4S launch
We see it every year with the launch of a new iPhone model, and last quarter was no exception. Apple has gained north of 20% market share for the October-December period, with its logo on 44.5% of smartphones sold in the US in Q4.

This is almost the percentage of Android handsets sold the last quarter, which stands at 46.9%, a dive from over 60% in the beginning of October.

Roughly the same numbers were listed in the NPD analysis last week, so the boosted iOS market share claims now come from two reliable sources. What is more, even though Symbian still reigns installed on the most smartphones worldwide, the global reports show significant boost in iOS market share for Q4 as well.

Nielsen's Q4 numbers are out, Apple seen with huge boost thanks to the iPhone 4S launch
Nielsen's Q4 numbers are out, Apple seen with huge boost thanks to the iPhone 4S launch

The initial excitement usually wears off after a quarter, so we will probably see Android handsets ramping up again until the summer, when the next iPhone lands, but for now the two leading contestants are very close, and together hold more than 90% of the US market.

The other mobile operating systems suffered from the iPhone 4S launch and the Android dominance, with RIM diving from 7.7% to 4.5% of the recent acquirers market share at the end of the quarter.

via Engadget

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