Dan Graziano for BGR writes:
Following the successful launch of the iPhone 5, sales of iOS devices have overtaken Android in the U.S., according to Kantar Worldpanel. The research firm found that in the past 12 weeks, sales of Apple (AAPL) smartphones accounted for 48.1% of the market compared to Android’s 46.7% share.
It’s important to note that these numbers only apply to the United States, where iPhone demand has always been particularly strong. iOS last surpassed Android stateside when the iPhone 4S launched, retaining that lead for three consecutive periods. Research firm Kantar Worldpanel expects Apple to break its previous iPhone share high of 49.3 percent with the iPhone 5.
Nevertheless, it might not be a two-horse race in the mobile space for long. Microsoft is seeking to make its Windows Phone smartphones a competitive third-place runner, while investors have been showing at least a glimpse of hope in BlackBerry maker Research in Motion lately. It’ll be a very interesting year for smartphones in 2013, that’s for certain.