According to a survey by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple’s share of the U.S. Market doubled from a year ago to 44.9 percent in the October – December period beating out Android which fell from 50 percent down to 44.8 percent. Unfortunately for Microsoft, Windows Phone share in all nine of the key markets measured remained at less than 2 percent despite the launch of Nokia’s Lumia smartphone line.

“Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover,” said Kantar’s global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo.

According to the NPD, Android ending up at 47 percent U.S. market share versus Apple’s 43 percent U.S. market share, a change from the previous quarter where Android held a 60 percent market share and Apple held a 26 percent share. Apple also had the top three sales as far as devices, while RIM’s Blackberry only had a 6 percent market share overall.

Nielsen’s reports mirrored these, as Android’s share fell to 46.9 percent versus Apple’s 44.5 percent with RIM’s Blackberry dropping to a meager 4.5 percent at the end of 2011. Looking at all smartphone sold, Android has a 46.3 percent share, Apple a 30 percent share, and RIM a 14.9 percent share.

Source: Reuters