First, Apple took the 3rd spot in global rankings of largest smartphone manufacturers as a result of massive Q4 2011 sales of iPhone 4S and then it was crowned as the highest earning mobile phone manufacturer in the world according to Asymco’s analysis. Now once again, iPhone 4S, the top-selling handset in Q4 of last year, has made Apple the largest smartphone vendor in US. According to another survey by NPD (via 9to5Mac), Siri is responsible for many would-be smartphone buyers to Apple. The survey also reveals that during the fourth quarter of 2011, Android and Apple together accounted for over 90 percent of smartphone sales in the United States.
Citing from the source:
The iPhone maker grabbed 43 percent of all U.S. smartphone sales, while Android devices accounted for 48 percent of devices. First-time buyers prefer Android (57 percent) over iPhone (34 percent). Smartphones in Q4 represented 68 percent of all cell phones in the U.S., up from 50 percent in the year-ago quarter.
Attracted by a faster processor, improved camera and the Siri speech-driven agent, most iPhone buyers paid a premium for the iPhone 4S, making it the top-selling handset in Q4.
NPD has also pointed out that iPhone 4S outsold the iPhone 4 by 75 percent and iPhone 3GS by five to one.