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Apple iOS Devices Fare Well in Latest Nielsen Report

In the latest Nielsen report covering the status of the global smartphone market, Apple seems to have regained a substantial portion that it had lost to Android.

According to industry experts, the push back from Apple has been primarily driven by its latest iPhone avatar - iPhone 4S. Interestingly, the market was pretty much doubtful regarding the fate of the product when it was launched.

The decision to launch a tweaked version of the iPhone 4 instead of the much awaited iPhone 5 must have been a tough decision for Apple executives. However, it paid off, and as they say, all's well that ends well!

During the last quarter of 2011, Android's share in the global smartphone market dropped to 46.9 percent from the previous quarter's 61.6 percent. Needless to say, Apple was the first to grab this opportunity as it went on increasing its stake in the market from the previous quarter's 25.1 percent to a whopping 44.5 percent.

Market research outfit ChangeWave reacted to the Nielsen report by saying, "Apple has never dominated smartphone planned buying to this extent more than two months after a major new release," Reghardware reports.