The Christmas period was marked by the Apple iPhone’s dominance of the mobile phone market, new figures have shown.
Data compiled by investment banking giant Morgan Stanley showed that Apple sold 1.75 million units of the iPhone to US consumers over the fourth quarter.
This compares with just 300,000 sales for the Google G1 handset, which had been widely touted as a viable challenger to Apple’s hugely popular device.
Dan Frommer, of top technology blog Silicon Alley Insider, said the sales disparity was to be expected given the fact that the Google G1 was released in late October, while the iPhone was available throughout the fourth quarter.
He added: “We’ll have a better idea of Android’s potential in about a year when multiple phone makers and carriers - including Motorola (MOT), LG, Sony Ericsson, etc - are selling Google-powered devices.”
“Apple’s iPhone offers a much better consumer experience, especially for multimedia and third-party software features.”