The market share of smartphones from Apple, including the iPhone 4S, increased in the fourth quarter of 2011. However, because of the rumored release date of the upcoming iPhone 5, and a declining economy, recent reports show that the sales of iPhone 4S this first quarter of 2012 might be affected.
In the previous year, the iPhone 4S of Apple is perhaps the most famous smartphone brand, considering the fact that its sales exceeded that of the Samsung Galaxy S2, and all the other Android gadgets.
According to technology research firm Gartner, most recent statistics show that the market share of Apple’s smartphone went beyond the 20% mark, reaching 23.8%. Google Android, which is Apple’s largest competition, has 50.9% market share. Windows Phone, the operating system from Microsoft, is still weakening with only 1.9% market share.
As global economies continue to decline, Apple’s sales might slowdown this first quarter of 2012. Still, consumers are eagerly waiting for the iPhone 5. Moreover, Gartner believes that the consumers will slightly ignore the iPhone 4S this first quarter.
Android will offer more smartphones and is anticipated to equip approximately all gadgets with the Androdi 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, its most recent mobile operating system. Android phone makers are planned to reveal new gadgets at the Mobile World Congress, which will take place in Europe this February. With this, it is still not known if the iPhone 4S will remain popular or not.
On the other hand, with the small market share, Windows Phone will try working together with Nokia. Also, the first Windows Phone integrated with Long Term Evolution will be offered by AT&T in the US. It is still unknown if the LTE Windows Phone will be offered by Verizon Wireless.
There are speculations that the upcoming next-generation iPhone 5 might also come out with LTE. In addition, the iPhone 5 might also incorporate a quad-core processor that will allow for apps with heavy graphics.