iPhone 4S Closes Sales Gap on Android as Apple Sweeps Top Three Smartphone Models

TechCrunch writes of the latest report from NPD, covering U.S. smartphone sales in October and November of last year. The data, which begins right about when the iPhone 4S was released, shows a dramatic increase in market share for the iPhone. The jump, from 26% in Q3 2011 to 43% in October and November, is due in-part to pent-up demand for the next iPhone following the pushback of the "iPhone 5" from the traditional June release cycle. As a result, iPhone share is unlikely to remain quite so high going forward, but the gain is nonetheless impressive.


Perhaps even more striking is that the top three phone models are all iPhones. Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 4S is the most popular, followed by the now-$99 iPhone 4. The iPhone 3GS, free on AT&T with a two-year contract in its third year of availability, comes in third, ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II -- both Android phones introduced in 2011.


Samsung, like Apple, makes three of the top ten most popular models; HTC holds two spots, whilst Motorola and LG each round out the remaining models with one model each.

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106 months ago
It says alot when a 3 year old iphone sells more than "the best" android.
Boom!
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106 months ago
Pretty cool to see the 3GS still kicking arse.
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106 months ago
Looks like Apple ate Androids lunch this last quarter.

This goes to show that the market share levitates around Apples annual release cycle. Apple being the 800lb gorilla, will famine a little before the release and feast just after it... And so will Android, but in reverse.
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106 months ago

FYI, the world does not start nor end with America.


Im not american but by the way rumours is spelt. Im sure this is an american website
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106 months ago



Perhaps even more striking is that the top three phone models are all iPhones.


No it isn't. This is how it's been for a while now. Apple is usually in top spot, and the 3GS has been outselling most newer Android devices.

Apple's Quality vs. the competition's Quantity.

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This is great news for those of us who are shareholders.


It's great news for everyone. It means that iPhone users are part of a robust ecosystem that is healthy and will last. It's good news for our investment - as users - in the platform.
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106 months ago
Hm, I've never heard of the LG Revere. o_o;
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106 months ago
I wonder how things would have turned out for Samsung if they'd gone with Apple's approach and released one phone instead of two.

By releasing two phones at the same time Samsung did two things to harm themselves.
1 - They splintered their sales. People looking for non-iPhones now have twice as many models to choose from. The two models will fight with each other for market share.
2 - They display a lack of confidence in their own products. Essentially they're saying "Hey, we know neither one of these are perfect, so we'll let you choose which one you think is better." Apple, on the other hand, displays extreme confidence in their product by saying, "Here it is. This is the best phone on the planet. We tested dozens of other designs, and this one is the perfect one."

There are the pros to releasing multiple models, but those are more obvious.
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106 months ago

Absolutely. When you're giving them away for $0.01 to $50, no other phone can touch the iPhone 3Gs. In fact, BB is giving buy 1 iPhone 4 and get another free. You can't beat that either.

Great pricing, mediocre product, and great customer support keeps, and will continue to keep, the iPhone as the top selling smart phone.

The rest of us who want a technologically superior device will go for an Android with ICS 4.0, but we'll pay for it.


How is an Android device with ICO superior?

You probably mean because it's a cheap looking device made of plastic. Or the fact that the OS is based on Java, which is definitely faster and more technically advanced than anything else out there. Everything runs in a Virtual Machine which is always faster than not. Garbage Collection? Yep, those moments when your "technically advanced" phone just locks up for no reason? Yep, that's exactly what I want out of my phone. Have you heard of Automatic Reference Counting? I'm glad Apple went with that, because it's not nearly as advanced.

You're probably taking also about the development tools, which are so far superior to anything else out there, that it's extremely easy and simple to make apps. I can just fire up Eclipse and then go make a sandwich and program an iOS app while it loads up.

Fragmentation! Oh my, that's definitely technically advanced. I love that every single Android phone that I use is a completely different experience. Some are complete garbage and hardly respond to my touch. Some have terrible screens.

If technically advanced means the customer gets screwed because they never know what they are going to get, then you are right on.
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106 months ago

And Apple currently sells three models. It's not about lack of confidence; it's about hitting multiple market tiers.


Yes, but when did Apple begin selling each model? They released each model in a different year, whereas Samsung released several models in 2011 alone. Apple was capable of claiming that they're released the best phone ever each time, whereas Samsung couldn't. For Samsung to say one of their phones was the best ever would imply that the other ones that they were releasing in the same year weren't as good as Samsung was capable of making them, that Samsung had cut corners.
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106 months ago
This should demonstrate that Apple's "weakness" over the past year or 2 as Android captured bigger market share was availability on carriers.
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