The Android smartphone platform has extended its lead over Apple's
iPhone in key markets including the United States, Europe and China, a
survey showed Monday.
Windows Phone, meanwhile, has made inroads to
secure a strong third place showing in some markets, and is ahead of
Apple in Italy, according to the survey of fourth quarter sales released
by Kantar Worldpanel.
The survey showed Android, the free
operating system from Google, remained on top in Europe and most other
major markets outside Japan.
(Also see: BlackBerry, iOS see fall in global Q4 share; Android, Windows Phone gain: Kantar)
Android ended 2013 as the top
platform across the five major markets in Europe with 68.6 percent
share, while Apple held second place with 18.5 percent.
Phone showed strong year-on-year growth, and in Italy captured 17.1
percent of the market, ahead of Apple's 12.8 percent, but behind
Android's 66.2 percent, the survey showed.
In the United States,
the survey showed Android share rising more than four percentage points
over the past year to 50.6 percent, while Apple's share declined to 43.9
(Also see: Android's smartphone marketshare rises to nearly 80 percent: IDC)
In Japan, Apple held 68.7 percent of smartphone sales, according to Kantar's survey.
In China, Android's share increased to 78.6 percent while Apple's declined to 19 percent.
finished 2013 strongly, showing year-on-year share growth across 12
major global markets including Europe, USA, Latin America, China and
Japan," said Kantar's Dominic Sunnebo.
"Windows Phone has now held
double-digit share across Europe for three consecutive months.
Unfortunately for Nokia the European smartphone market is only growing
at three percent year-on-year so success in this market has not been
enough to turn around its fortunes reflected in its recent disappointing