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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Top Rated Comments

nick_elt Avatar
118 months ago
It says alot when a 3 year old iphone sells more than "the best" android.
Boom!
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Feed Me Avatar
118 months ago
Pretty cool to see the 3GS still kicking arse.
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FakeWozniak Avatar
118 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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nick_elt Avatar
118 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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*LTD* Avatar
118 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.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mochi Hana Avatar
118 months ago
Hm, I've never heard of the LG Revere. o_o;
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