Ever since its entry in the smartphone market in 2008, Android’s spot in the market has reduced. From its 52.5% share in Q3 2011, Android only reached 47.0% in the last quarter of 2011. This data has been reported by ABI Research; who really didn’t have to explain the reason behind this fallout.

Everyone knows that with the launch of the iPhone 4S, the market pretty much became a leveled field for Android and iOS. Even though there were a huge number of Android phones shipped out during the quarter, it still wasn’t enough to overtake sales of the latest Apple product—not even the 33 million Samsung shipped out.

“Apple’s iPhone 4S cut Samsung off at the knees and outpaced Samsung’s highly coveted 280% [year-to-year] smartphone growth,” ABI wrote.

By selling 37million iPhone units on the last quarter of the year, Apple was able to finally top the smartphone market.

The data ABI collected was based on a global scale. If not for the launch of the iPhone 4S, Apple would have retained its muted presence throughout the world. In fact, it was only in the US where the iPhone has remained on the #1 spot ever since its debut.

If this data seems to sound as a threat to Android, there really isn’t an issue. According to ABI, the huge growth of Apple is because of China.

Nevertheless, the clamor about the iPhone 4S is already dying down. This has hit Apple smack in the face with a realization that it can only wow its consumers once a year, while Android keeps coming up with new and exciting units often.

Do you think the release of the much awaited iPhone 5 will also cause the same response? Let us know in the comments below.

Christine Torralba
Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.
  • AppleFUD

    It amazes me that any Chinese people in China would buy any apple products, but I guess many of them don’t have a clue what’s going on in their country with labor practices and probably care as much as other fanboys here in the US.

    • Pinballb

      You sir are a idiot

      • How about you actually leave a comment that brings a little more to the table?

      • Mikey

        Pinballb needs to learn proper grammar.

    • Most of the people that work at Foxconn in Shengzhen make less than $175USD per month. They live in dorm styled bunkers, often 8-12 to a room. The iPhone is an artifact that has cache, because of its price premium and because of Apple’s amazingly effective marketing.

      Essentially iPhones have replaced things like cars in China, and have become a signature item of choice. Many Chinese consumers often have to save for 6-9 months to be able to buy an iPhone. Truth is, the cost to manufacturer an iPhone is around $180, but Apple still gets away with charging $700-800 overseas.

      • hdboy

        Hey, the same Chinese manufacturers and Aisian suppliers make all the Android and other tablets, phones and PC’s too.

  • iPhone has become a fashion symbol and people go after it just to satisfy their urge to become a fashion statement.

  • hdboy

    iPhone 5 sales will be even bigger. The only related questions are these:

    Will Apple return to a July iPhone launch date or has it permanently shifted new iPhone introductions to October?

    Will Apple introduce an LTE iPad 3 in April?

    When will Apple release a so-called iTV?

    Apple only does one product launch at a time. It’s all about slotting them into a schedule. The sooner the iPhone 5 is released, the sooner it starts eating into 2012 Android phone sales.