Android and iOS Take the Lead in Smartphone Sales Q4 2011

Android and iOS continued their domination of the US smartphone market through the last quarter of 2011, according to a new report.

According to the latest Nielsen Mobile Media Report, both Google and Apple jointly secured an overwhelming 88.7 percent market share during the Q4 of 2011, leaving very little for smaller rivals Windows Phone and Blackberry, reports Mobile Enterprise.

The report also stated the quantitative gap between feature phones and smartphones in the US market is reducing at an amazing rate, as the latter is spreading to worldwide mobile markets faster than ever.

According to the Nielsen report, Android has emerged as the most sought after smartphone OS platform during the Q4 of 2011 with a market share of over 51.7 percent. Android was followed by Apple's iOS with a 37 percent market share.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry came in third on the list with a mere 6 percent stake in the market during the quarter, closely followed by Microsoft's Windows Phone in 4th place with 3.8 percent market share.

The report also claimed that 46 percent of all mobile phone owners in the US were using a smartphone.