A lot has been said about Apple’s excellent fourth quarter. 2011 did see Apple’s phenomenal rise to the top. The festive season did go in favor of Apple, with the multinational corporation selling an unbelievable 37 billion iPhones. Apple’s iPad sales too escalated new heights between the months of October and December.
Although Apple has done exceedingly well in 2011, they cannot afford to rest on their laurels. Google’s Android yet holds a major share in the smartphone and tablet market and that should be a cause of concern for Apple in the future. It’s a known fact that more than half the smartphone customers in the U.S. prefer Android over Apple.
And the trend seems to be catching up in various parts of Europe and Asia as well. Although Apple and Google’s Android lead the pack in smartphone and tablet sales one cannot make pin point consumer preferences and market trends of the future. Although RIM and Microsoft’s Windows phone have taken a severe hammering you cannot rule them out in future market trends.
But as of now, for the first quarter of 2012, Apple's iOS has beaten Google's Android. According to Good Technology, "Because there are so many different Android devices in the market today, there is no clear leader among them. However, Android OS devices did claim the last four slots on the Top 10 devices. In addition to the Motorola Droid, the Samsung Galaxy SII, Google Nexus, and Sprint Evo 4G rounded out the top 10 with 1.1, 0.9, and 0.8 percent of activations, respectively. The Sprint (NYSE:S) Evo 4G was the only device that showed up on past quarterly device activation reports. The long tail of Android devices made up the remaining 16.1 percent of device activations for the quarter."