iPhone 6 bites into Android’s Share of Smartphone Sales

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Apple saw a notable gain in smartphone sales around the world courtesy of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, according to a report out Wednesday from market researcher Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

In the three months from September through November, iOS increased its share of smartphone sales year over year in eight of nine countries covered by Kantar.

In the US, Apple’s slice of sales rose to 47.4 percent from 43.1 percent over the same period in 2013. In Australia, iOS’s smartphone sales share increased to 44.9 percent from 35 percent a year ago. And in the so-dubbed European Union Five — France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom — Apple saw its share swell to 23.8 percent from 17.5 percent.

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Its share of Chinese smartphone sales inched up to 18.1 from 17 percent for the period, though the phone was only released there on October 17.

Only in Japan did Apple’s share of smartphone sales drop. Its 2013 performance had risen after the company added NTT DoCoMo as an iPhone carrier, Kantar noted.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched on September 19 in several countries, including the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany and Japan. Italy and Spain began sales of the phones on September 26. China got custody of them on October 17 following a regulatory snafu that held up its launch there.

As a result, Kantar’s numbers for the new iPhones don’t actually cover the full three-month period.

Meanwhile, Android’s chunk of smartphone sales fell in five of the nine countries surveyed.

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Source: Lance Whitney

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