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iPhone 5 helps Apple's iOS topple Android in the US

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(Read caption) A holiday shopper hunts for iPhone accessories at the Apple Store in San Francisco in late November. Strong iPhone sales have helped vault iOS back over Google's Android in the US.

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Apple's iOS has toppled Google's Android operating system in the US, according to a new study from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. 

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]." 


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