Tuesday, April 3, 2012

iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S2 sans Android Ice Cream Sandwich top smartphone sales in United States

Apple’s iPhone tops lucrative smartphone market in the United States, while Samsung and its Galaxy S2 and Nexus steal the second place.

The iPhone, with the new iPhone 4S variant, is topping the smartphone sales chart in United States — and surprisingly, only the iPhone-less carrier, T-Mobile USA, hailed an Android phone.

According to a report posted by All Things D, Canaccord Genuity revealed that the iPhone 4S is the most popular smartphone of Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless since December 2011, and last month, the iPhone 4S beats the Samsung Galaxy Note of AT&T, an LTE phone, and the new Droid RAZR Maxx of Verizon Wireless which offers LTE too.

The iPhone 4S market share, apparently, started growing its market share last quarter, and with no solid contender from the Android ecosystem, Apple’s smartphone reportedly outsells all other smartphones of Sprint and AT&T combined, and roughly equal volume to all Android-based smartphones of Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless carrier in the United States.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung Electronics and its Samsung Galaxy S2 and Samsung Galaxy Note grabbed the remaining spots, and based on the chart posted by the report, Samsung is the one and only Android smartphone maker that can compete against the iPhone 4S.

Samsung’s Galaxy S2 started its second place spree last year with the help of Sprint and AT&T’s networks, while the Galaxy S2-less Verizon Wireless hails the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as its second-most popular smartphone. However, Verizon’s attractive Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx, according to Canaccord Genuity, started outselling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus two months ago.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile’s Galaxy S2 is its most popular phone, while the HTC Amaze 4G is cemented on the second place.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which offers Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung’s Galaxy S2 is still running the old but respectable Android Gingerbread operating system, and no word yet from Samsung about the Galaxy S2 US variants’ ICS or Android 4.0 software update. It is worth noting that some Galaxy S2 variants in other countries are already enjoying the new operating system. ■


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