MOSCOW, April 29. / Correspondent. TASS-Telecom Christina Antgnova /. Android-powered smartphones are still the most popular, according to recent research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel Comtech. In Australia, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK and the U.S., sales of Android smartphones accounted for 64.2% in the first 12 weeks of 2013. The popularity of Windows Phone is also growing: in the first quarter of 2013 cmartfony on Microsoft OS took 5.6% of the market, which is 1.9% more than the same period last year.
only country where Android is second smarftonov Apple, – Japan. There are sales Apple 49.2% while the sales Android – 45,8%. If Android sales in Japan are relatively low, in Spain they break all records and sostoavlyayut 93.5%.
According to experts Kantar, in the coming months, Android sales will only increase due to the release of new smartphones – Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. “It will be a big challenge for Apple, BlackBerry and Nokia. They will have to try not to lose customers,” – says Dominic Sannebo / Dominic Sunnebo /, director for the consumption of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
Moreover, in the U.S. there is a decline in sales of smartphones based on iOS by about 1% to 43.7% and sales growth of Android by nearly 1.4% / 49.3% of all /. Sales of Symbian smartphones make up 0,2%, Blackberry based on BB10 – 0,9%, which is 0.2% more than in the previous months.
In Europe, sales of Windows Phone reached 6.5% in Australia – more than 4%. “At the time, both iOS and Android continue to fight for the right to be the best selling smartphone OS, the last year we have seen a steady growth in sales of Windows Phone”, – said Mary Ann Parlato / Mary-Ann Parlato /, analyst Katar Worldpanel ComTEch.
Windows Phone, according to analysts, is particularly popular with those who buy their first smartphone and previously used a conventional mobile phone. These users there are 52%. With iOS and Android situation is quite different. Those who purchased the device based on iOS, and used to use smart phones of other companies – 55%, and Android – 51%.
Parlato also notes that, since more than half of Americans still use ordinary mobile phones in the near future many of them can go on smartphones Windows.