During the 12 weeks ending on October 28, Apple's iOS accounted for a 48.1 percent smartphone market share in the United States, with Google's Android settling for 46.7 percent.
However, elsewhere, iOS isn't as popular as its fellow ecosystem. According to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Android was running on 73.9 percent of all smartphones in Germany during the period in question. Android dominated in Spain as well with a 81.7 percent share.
Apple's success in the U.S., meanwhile, was due to the iPhone 5, Kantar said. The company noted that the last time iOS had a higher market share than Android was when the iPhone 4S launched last year.
While other reports suggest otherwise, Apple has benefited greatly from customer loyalty. Kantar said 92 percent of consumers who own an iPhone will upgrade to another Apple smartphone.
As for overall worldwide share in the smartphone market, Android accounts for 75 percent (90 percent in China), while iOS settles for 14.9 percent.
"Android" can be very different experience from phone to phone. HTC (Sense), Samsung (Touchwiz), Motorola (Blur), and others. There are complete launcher replacements that satisfy anyone's needs. They even have an iOS clone launcher: http://lifehacker.com/5850644/espier-launcher-faithfully-duplicates-the-ios-home-screen-on-android.
What does iOS have? iOS. Android represents choice & responsibility. It's not as easy for everyone to use off the bat as iOS seems to be. I found it pretty easy to switch between, and Android not much more complicated. However, I also realize I'm more inclined to technology and learning it. There's nothing wrong with not wanting to have to learn a new mobile OS. It's being afraid to switch because you might lose you music, contacts, and info that is the problem.
Yeah, sounds familiar.
Let's see hoe long that fat bank account keep them going.
I give it 3 years max., then they will be looking for a Steve Jobs type again.
Zak did get promoted. His now in charge of Tom's Quality assurance department. WHich also does explain alot.
A similar thing happened the other way with the 3Q numbers, with the Galaxy S3 outselling the iPhone 4. Because it included the second month of S3 sales, as well as the 2-3 months when everyone was waiting for the iPhone 5 to come out. But in that case it was just coincidence because that's how the releases fell relative to 3Q.
I'm a hardcore android fan, but I don't see a reason why anyone should have voted this guy's statement down. Had to vote it back up to 0.