iPhone 4S causes UK iOS smartphone uptake to triple
Everyone knows that the release of the iPhone 4S was going to be a big success for Apple, and it appears that over here in the United Kingdom we simply can’t get enough of the iOS smartphone as apparently Apple sold three times as many iPhone handsets during October in the UK than the previous three months.
According to an article over on Slash Gear by way of The Guardian, in October 42.8 percent of all smartphones sold were the iPhone whilst rival Android snagged 35 percent of the smartphone market, and overall sales of smartphones in the United Kingdom rose 43 percent whilst the overall handset market declined some 4 percent.
According to The Guardian’s calculations Apple’s sales jumped almost fourfold during Oct due to the release of the iPhone 4S, despite looking the same as the iPhone 4.
However the Android operating system remains more popular than Apple’s iOS with 46 percent of smartphones sold during the twelve-week period ending October the 31st.
Figures now apparently show that 44.8 percent of Brits now own a smartphone of some description, which means there is still room for smartphone growth in the country. Only 44.8 percent of Brits own a smartphone? That surprises me somewhat as I would have thought more would have shifted to a smartphone by now.
When it comes to other devices in the UK, Nokia’s Symbian operating system accounted for just 3.9 percent of sales, BlackBerry fell from 20.9 percent down to 19.6 percent, whilst Windows Phone rose to 1 percent up from 0.2 percent a year ago, but doesn’t include sales of the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 handsets.
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