Tech Talk: Android and iPhone Both Win During the Holidays

January 22, 2013  |  

Research firm Kantar Worldpanel Comtech released data around holiday season smartphone sales, and while Android was tops worldwide, the iPhone still rules in the U.S.

For the 12 weeks ending December 25, 2012, Android phones accounted for 54.4 percent of sales, while iOS devices accounted for 32.4 percent. Android grew 10.5 percent compared to 2011, while iOS dropped 1.7 percent.

However, in the U.S., iOS devices made up 51.2 percent of sales, with Android at 44.2 percent. Here, that meant a 6.3 percent increase for iPhones and a 0.6 percent drop for Androids.

In its coverage of the data, TechCrunch noted that the success of Samsung around the world contributed to the rise and lead of Android in all markets except the US and Japan.

According to 2012 data from Nielsen, 54 percent of African-Americans own a smartphone. The last time Nielsen broke out data based on operating system and race and ethnicity was Q4 2010, when 31 percent of African-American smartphone owners had a Blackberry, 27 percent had an Android operating system, and only 15 percent had an iPhone.

And not to be forgotten: there’s a new BlackBerry coming also. Which type of phone do you have?

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