Does The Growing Gap Between iOS And Android Signal Shrinking iPhone Demand?

The new Kantar Worldpanel ComTech┬áresearch numbers are out, and the data shows that Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system continued to widen the gap between itself and Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS. The data covers the three months ended in February.

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Android now supplies its OS to over half of the smartphone market, clocking in at a 51.2 percent share. For a second consecutive period, iOS lost some of its ground, and sat at 43.5 percent, a 3.5 point decline from a year ago (Android, meanwhile, grew 5.8 point over the same time frame). Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows mobile OS also grew, and now makes up 4.1 percent of the smartphone market.

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) remained the top carrier, providing 35 percent of the nations smartphones. Sprint (NYSE:S) also grew, fueled by an upswing in Samsung (SSNLF.PK) sales in the last couple months, which helped contribute to Android’s growth.