iPhone 4S release helps Apple close in on Android

Apple's latest iPhone launch has helped the Cupertino firm gain traction on Android sales

Apple's iPhone 4S release has bolstered the Cupertino company's handset sales closing the gap on the smartphone market leader Google's Android OS

A new study by research firm Nielson has revealed that the October iPhone 4S release has helped Apple close the gap on bitter rival and smartphone scene dominator Android in the US.

Securing 44.5 per cent of all American smartphone sales during the fourth quarter of 2011 Apple, bolstered by the arrival of the iPhone 4S has closed the gap on Google’s leading operating system seeing its three month share of industry sales rise 19.5 per cent on the previous quarter.

Whilst Android still leads the smartphone market with a 46.3 per cent control of all smartphones in use within the States, Apple is closing in with far fewer handsets on offer with a 30 per cent overall share. RIM’s BlackBerry handsets complete the podium positions with a 14.9 per cent market share.

Apple iPhone 4S Specs

Whilst many expectant fans were awaiting the long overdue arrival of the much mooted iPhone 5 the iPhone 4S landed to some acclaim with the iPhone 4 form copying handset touching down with a bevy of new innards.

An improved 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera was paired with the new iOS 5 operating system on the iPhone 4S for improved photographic abilities whilst the newly installed ARM A5 dual-core processor landed alongside the handset’s voice commanded personal assistant Siri.

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Via: TheNextWeb