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Apple Grabs 31.3 Pct Phone Sales In U.S., Android On The Decline

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 11:01 Hrs
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NEW YORK: Apple's iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6s were the three most popular smartphones in the US at the beginning of the three-month holiday period last year, making a combined share of 31.3 pct, media reported.

At 55.3 pct of all smartphone sales, down from 60.4 pct in the same period last year, the holiday period marked the sixth consecutive period of decline for Androiddevices in the US market, Digital Trends reported on Wednesday, quoting data collected by consumer research firm Kantar Worldpanel.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were the fourth and fifth best-selling phones in the US, with Samsung capturing 28.9 pct of smartphone sales.

In the US, iOS grew 6.4 pct in the same three-month period, rising to a 43.5 pct share of the market.

Although Android decreased in the U.S., Google Pixel recorded 1.3 pct of sales in the three months ending November 2016, with more than half of that business done through Verizon.

"Both Android and iOS increased their presence across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Great Britain, "largely due to the decline of Windows," the Kantar report said.

Apple reportedly shipped 207 million iPhones in 2016, down from 236 million in 2015.

In urban China, iOS was down year-on-year at 19.9 pct, but continued strong period-on-period growth with sales from iPhone 7.

"In China, iOS fell to 19.9 pct of smartphone sales, down 5.4 pct from the same period in 2015. About 80 pct of all smartphones sold in China in the three-month period ending November were running Android," the report said.

Oppo posted strong growth in China with 12.9 pct of smartphone sales. Apple, iPhone 7 became the best-selling device in Urban China at 6.6 pct, pushing Oppo R9 to second place at 4.7 pct.

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Source: IANS
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