Strong iPhone 5 sales have contributed to a growing market share for Apple's iOS. For now, Google's Android OS lags behind.
Spurred on by strong iPhone 5 sales, Apple currently dominates 48.1 percent of the American smartphone market, Kantar Worldpanel says. By comparison, Android has approximately 46.7 percent. In other words, there are more iPhone 5, 4S, 4, and maybe even 3GS handsets in the US than all of the Android phones from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and others.
"The last time we saw iOS overtake Android in the US was when the iPhone 4S was released and Apple managed to retain its lead for three consecutive [quarters]," Dominic Sunnebo of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech wrote in a press statement today. "This time we predict that Apple will beat its previous high of 49.3 percent and achieve its highest ever share of the US smartphone market within the next two [quarters]."