Apple’s US market share went up by 12.3%, reaching 29.5% in Q1 of 2011 while Android’s market share dropped by almost 3% in the same quarter, according to Needham &Co. It appears that Apple’s market share soared thanks to Verizon iPhone sales, PC World reports, adding that this is the first drop in market share Android has seen since Q2 of 2009.
Verizon iPhone sales may further increase in the future as the carrier could introduce the next-generation iPhone model, Needhams & Co.’s analyst Charlie Wolf has predicted.
"In our opinion, this is just the beginning of Android's share loss in the U.S," Wolf stated.
His comments will be very surprising to some since Google’s Android OS has been constantly growing over the past two years, with many analysts expecting the trend to continue.
However, Wolf’s predictions may not be that far-fetched after all when taking into account the latest changes in Apple’s sales policy. The company has released its first unlocked iPhone in the US and it may even allow Sprint and T-Mobile to carry the iPhone, which would mean even more consumers will soon be able to purchase the smartphone.
It would be a smart move from Apple to widen its customer base and counter the Android onslaught that has been threatening to overrun the smartphone sector.