Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS was the majority smartphone platform in the U.S. for the first time ever, taking a 53.3 percent share for the four-month period ending November 25, according to data from the Kantar Worldpanel. It had a 35.8 percent share in the same quarter last year.
“Apple has reached a major milestone in the U.S. by passing the 50-percent share mark for the first time, with further gains expected to be made during December, Kantar’s Dominic Sunnebo said in a statement.
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The iPhone maker grabbed some of the market from Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, whose share over the same period fell to 41.9 percent from 52.8 percent last year. Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone managed to edge up to 2.7 percent from 2.1 percent in 2011, while Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) fell hard to be down to only 1.4 percent of the market from 7 percent last year. Nokia’s (NYSE:NOK) Symbian fell from 0.4 percent to 0.2 percent.