Android has pulled ahead of Apple’s iOS in smartphone sales in the U.S., according to data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech out today.
During the three months ending in January, Android gained 49.9 percent of all smartphone sales in the U.S., an increase of 6.4 percent over the same period last year. During the same time, iOS came in second with 45.9 percent cut of smartphone sales, down 4.7 percent from a year ago.
Microsoft Windows Phone earned his own slice of growth, taking home 3.2 percent of smartphone sales in the United States.
The latest results mark a return to Android. During the three months ended in December, the iPhone won 51.2 percent of all smartphone sales in the United States, leaving Android with 44.8 percent and Windows Phone with 2.6 percent, Kantar said the month past.
Android phone manufacturers can thank Sprint for much of its profits on sales, according to Kantar.
For the three months ending October 2012, sales of smartphones through Sprint were divided almost equally between Android and iOS. But for the last three months mobile, Android’s share of sales increased to Sprint 71.9 percent from 49.3 percent previously.
Sprint customers are also paying less money for your Android phone.
“The 50/50 was seen in the period ending in October 2012 was a result of both iOS and Android share the same level of average price paid (iOS and Android at $ 130 to $ 127),” Kantar analyst Mary-Ann Parlato, said in a statement. “However, this latter period there was a significant drop in prices to $ 95 for Android, iOS, while it increased slightly to $ 146.”
Samsung Galaxy S3 shown great seller, thanks in part to a more tempting price. In the period from October, the S3 took only 14 percent of all smartphone sales through Sprint. But after a subsequent price drop to $ 99 from $ 199, the S3 went on to win the 39 percent of all sales of Sprint smartphones.
Overall, Samsung accounted for 60.3 percent of all smartphones sold by Sprint in January period. And that number could rise in the spring. Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S4 in a special launch event on March 14.
Kantar statistics come from its U.S. consumer panel, which interviewed more than 240,000 people each year on purchases of mobile phones, use and bills.