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iPhone surges ahead of Android in the UK

Accounted for nearly half of all smartphone sales in October, according to Kantar WorldPanel ComTech

Apple's iPhone has hit back in its battle against Android, claiming the top spot for smartphone sales in the UK.

According to figures from Kantar WorldPanel ComTech reported by All Things D the iPhone was by far the most popular smartphone in the UK during October.

"Apple took a whopping 42.8 percent share of all smartphone sales, giving it a significant lead over Android a feat many thought was impossible. With nearly a year and a half between iPhone launches there has been huge pent-up demand," Dominic Sunnebo, global insight director at ComTech, is reported as saying.

However, these figures should be taken with a pinch of salt - October was, of course, the month that the iPhone 4S launched and when looked at over a longer period Android handsets are still very much ahead in the market share stakes.

Indeed, for the 12-week period ending 30 October 2011 Android handset sales accounted for 46 percent of the market with iOS on 27.8 percent. These represented year-on-year growth of 11.8 percent and 2.8 percent respectively.


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