New research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech says that the lead Android once enjoyed over Apple in the smartphone market is gone. The latest report shows Apple now has 44.9% of the market, while Android is holding on to 44.8%.
Lead by the launch of the iPhone 4S last fall, Apple's market share has nearly doubled over the past year. Google's Android had moved into a dominant market position.
There's no doubt that much of the reason the iPhone lagged so far behind Android in the past was because it was strictly available from one provider. Now, of course, the iPhone is available on the three largest mobile providers in the U.S . With the mobile network playing field leveled, Android's lead has been dwindling and now is gone completely.