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More Than Half of All Smartphones Sold in U.S. Are iPhones

Got_Fever_for_iPhone5-featureApple has officially conquered the U.S. smartphone market. That’s the conclusion of the latest sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Having overtaken Google’s Android on a market-share basis in the U.S. last month, the iPhone now accounts for more than 53 percent of all smartphones sold in the States, as of the 12 weeks ended Nov. 25, the firm reports. It amounts to the highest point for iPhone market share since the debut of the first iPhone in 2007.

Share of Windows devices grew slightly in the U.S. year over year, with a little help from Nokia’s latest phones. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry saw — you guessed it — market share declines year on year.

Here’s a screen grab from the report showing the year-on-year increases in the U.S. from the same period a year ago versus Android, BlackBerry and other mobile platforms. iphone-market-share-122112

It’s not the same picture elsewhere in the world. In Europe, Samsung continues to hold sway with its Android devices, commanding a share of more than 44 percent — to Apple’s 25 percent — across five countries (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain).

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