Android thumped the iPhone in Australian smartphone sales during July, August and September this year, notching up 49% of sales compared to Apple’s 36%. The Android surge was lead by arch-rival Samsung, which accounted for half of all Android smartphone sales, according to figures from IDC. The figure still puts Apple in front of Samsung alone, but Android as a whole left the iPhone in the dust.
Of course these figures are distorted by the fact that Android superphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Sensation were on the shelves in Q3, while the Apple faithful were still waiting for the iPhone 4S. Analysts say Apple has clawed back market share since the 4S hit the stores but, even with this boost, IDC still expects Android to narrowly outsell the iPhone in 2011.
Have you made the switch from iOS to Android this year, or vice-versa? How can Apple hold off Android in 2012?