iOS beat Android in the U.S. last quarter, says research firm

You could say Apple scored a home run with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The new handsets didn't just help Apple break earnings records. According to market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, they also allowed Apple to nab the lion's share of the U.S. smartphone market last quarter.

The iPhone 6 was the best-selling U.S. smartphone "throughout the holiday quarter," Kantar Worldpanel says, while Samsung's Galaxy S5 was relegated to the number-two spot. The firm's Chief of Research, Carolina Milanesi, adds that this was iOS's first time edging out Android in the U.S. since "this time in 2012." Apple's margin of victory was slim, however: just 0.1%.

While Kantar's announcement is oddly bereft of quarterly share numbers, the firm's nifty visualization tool does show some figures for December 2014. That month, Apple apparently captured 47.7% of the market, compared to 47.6% for Android. Windows Phone and BlackBerry, meanwhile, seized a respective 3.8% and 0.3%.

Condolences, Microsoft.

(Thanks to AppleInsider for the link.)

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