Apple has taken the top spot for smartphone sales in the US, beating Android, RIM and Windows, according to a report by Kantar Worldpanel Comtech. iPhone 5 sales have helped to boost Apple’s overall market share to 48.1%, just ahead of Android’s 46.7% – it’s not a huge difference, but it’s notable considering the number of Android devices on the market. Despite being number one in the US, Apple is still dwarfed by Android in other countries such as Britain, Spain and Germany where their market share reaches up to 81.7%.
The report also sheds some light on the breakdown of iPhone 5 sales, revealing that 62% of them came from users upgrading from an older iPhone and 13% from those who switched from Android. The report notes that Apple has retained an impressive level of customer loyalty, with 92% of iPhone owners in the US saying they’ll stick with Apple next time they upgrade.