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.