Linked by Matthew Johnson on Tue 31st Jan 2012 22:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In its analysis of last year's smartphone market in the U.S., NPD found that market share for Apple's iOS went up following the release of the iPhone 4S, to 43 percent of all smartphone sales in October and November from 26 percent in the third quarter. Android, meanwhile, retained its lead, but lost market share towards the end of the year, dropping in October and November to 47 percent from 60 percent in the previous quarter. These are some dramatic shifts in market share but what do they really mean to you and me?
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You're right of course - the 3GS isn't cheap when paid for outright. Very few people do that though, and most get a phone that's subsidised by their carrier. Often that means that you'll end up on a more expensive talk plan though.

As for Apple not being able to compete with $50 Android phones, well, if an Android phone can be manufactured for $50 then an iOS phone can too. Apple is making a choice to not make phones so cheap though.

And on Apple losing marketshare very quickly in China, I don't really buy that, at least not in any meaningful way. Apple have only been selling iPhones in China for just over a year, and on only one carrier (not a particularly big one), so they have not had time to build up a significant marketshare there yet.

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