Android may be the clear front runner worldwide, but the competition for US mobile market share is heating up. According to a report from market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, smartphone sales remained relatively stable over the three month period ending in May. However, the firm did note that strong Apple iPhone sales from T-Mobile helped boost Apple’s iOS market share 3.5 percent between March and May.
The result leaves iPhone sales now accounting for 41.9 percent of smartphone sales in America. Of course, the ever running duopoly remained in place, with Android handsets accounting for 52 percent of sales. However, with that number reflecting only a 0.1 percent increase from last year, iOS appears to be making some serious gains on the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Windows Phone devices also saw small growth, increasing 0.9 percent year over year for a 4.6 percent share, at the number three spot.
Impressively enough, the iPhone managed to account for 31 percent of smartphone sales at T-Mobile after being released mid-April in the three-month period ending in May. However, despite the clear success of the iPhone, T-Mobile’s market share fell 3.4 percent to 10.1 percent, putting it behind AT&T at 34.6 percent, Verizon at 29 percent and Sprint at 12.7 percent.
Source: Kantar Worldpanel