iPhone tops in US as Android rules the world
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Apple's iPhone remained the most popular smartphone among United States buyers in the closing months of 2012 while Android handsets were on top worldwide, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reported on Tuesday.
"At the end of 2012, the global (operating system) picture shows Android on top, but clearly the rate of growth it experienced over the past year is beginning to slow as easy wins from first-time smartphone buyers begin to reduce," said Kantar global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo.
Apple iPhones accounted for 51.2 per cent of smartphone sales in the United States during the 12-week period ending Dec 23rd of last year, according to Kantar.
Smartphones powered by Google-backed Android software made up slightly more than 44 per cent of sales while handsets based on Microsoft's Windows operating system were a distant third-place with 2.6 per cent, the report indicated.