Who’s winning in the United States: Android or Apple? If you’ve been watching AAPL’s shares, you might think Google’s mopping the floor with Apple, but you’d be wrong. According to new data, Apple now commands 53.3% of the U.S. smartphone market.
The numbers come from 12-week sales numbers from tracking firm Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, who have found that Apple is at its highest ever level of smartphone sales penetration. One in two people with smartphones now have iPhones, with Apple’s gain coming at Android and RIM’s loss, with Android dropping 10% from last year and RIM dropping 6%, to come in at fourth place behind Windows Phone.
Of course, the story’s a lot less clear in Europe, where Android is still the platform to beat, with a 61% share of the market. Android also mops up the floor with Apple in other important markets like Australia, China and Brazil.