It has been reported by Reuters within the newest data from the research company Kantar Worldpanel ComTech which shows that Apple has already moved past the Android in the most narrow margins within the fourth quarter in the sales of U.S. smartphones, and the iPhone is now taking about 44.9% of the market and the Android is only taking 44.8%.
“Apple has continued its strong sales run in the U.S., UK and Australia over the Christmas period,” Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at the research firm said.
“Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover,” Sunnebo added.
These results that are being driven by the kick-butt quarter of Apple’s iPhone 4S release, was overseen by us in their U.S. sales shares for the year-over-year while the Android had fallen from their 50% share just about a year ago. Apple had reported yesterday with their sales data of 37 million iPhones during the quarter which far exceeds anyones expectations.
It has been reported also by Kantar which focuses on the Windows Phone, that is continuing to be struggling despite the launch of the higher-profile release of Nokia’s own Lumia smartphones. The market share of the Windows Phone is remaining to be at just lower at 2% in all of the nine markets which was followed up by Kantar.
In my own opinion, there is no way Windows Phone has a chance at beating Apple and the Android smartphones, the only thing that Microsoft could try is to better integrate their phones with music functionality, and other things aswell. As the Android doesn’t match up to Apple with Apple having iTunes for music and that’s the biggest reason to get an iPhone right now. Not just my reason, either. Windows, just give up. But since Microsoft is one of the biggest private companies in the world, they can basically keep Windows Phone running as a “hobby” like Apple is keeping their Apple TV running as a “hobby” as it is just a slightly successful attempt for them to get into a market that isn’t that huge in the first place. I myself use my Xbox 360 as my media hub. And to lastly note, Nokia was once a huge player in the phones market, well basic phones, and they almost fell completely down in the market itself. But Microsoft pulled them out, so now they will continue to be a company. As for RIM, I see them struggling even more down the road and maybe another big company will assist them and keep them from falling down and failing completely.