Apple Skeptical About IDC Android Claim

Apple has said that rival smartphone makers still have a long way to go before they catch up with the iPhone.

The bold statement was made in response to a report released by market research company IDC, which claimed that sales of Android-based handsets had overtaken the iPhone in the US.

Speaking to Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, Apple spokesperson Natalie Harrison said the report was based on the opinions of only 150,000 consumers, and that it did not include the 85 million iPhone users and iPod Touch users globally.

Harrison said: “IDC figures show that iPhone has 16.1 percent of the smartphone market and growing, far outselling Android on a worldwide basis. We had a record quarter with iPhone sales growing by 131 per cent.”

According to the report released by the IDC Group, Research in Motion's BlackBerry came top of the pile with a market share of 36 per cent. Google's Android was next with a share of 28 per cent, followed by Apple's iPhone with 21 per cent.