The iPhone operating system iOS is still the world’s largest in terms of market share, new figures reveal, in spite of burgeoning sales for handsets powered by Google’s rival Android platform.
According to data from research company Nielsen, Apple’s OS currently commands around 28.6 per cent of the high-end handset market. Android was a close second with 26.1 per cent, with BlackBerry rounding off the top three, also with around 26.1 per cent.
iOS hung on to its lead in the face of a surge in sales for Android mobiles, not least the HTC Desire HD and 10 million selling Samsung Galaxy S, which saw Google make significant gains in the last two quarters.
The extent to which the platform is growing was borne out by Nielsen’s finding that around 40 per cent of people surveyed who had purchased a smartphone in the last six months had opted for an Android powered handset.
Nielsen stated: "In other words, RIM remains statistically tied with both Apple for first and Android for third.
"Apple's clear lead over Android notwithstanding, this race might still be too close to call."