Originally published: January 9, 2012
Last updated: January 9, 2012 - 8:17pm
The iPhone 4S, along with cheaper older models, has helped Apple close the distance on Google’s Android, drawing within a few percentage points in recent smartphone sales market share in the U.S., according to the NPD Group.
In a CES telecom fact sheet, the research firm said that iOS has zoomed up to 43 percent of sales in October and November, compared with 26 percent in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Android’s share dropped from a high of 60 percent in the third quarter to 47 percent in October and November. The results affirm again that Android and iOS are in a two-horse race that has gotten tighter with the release of the iPhone 4S.