Things are certainly heating up in the smartphone market. NPD is reporting that the iPhone grabbed 43 percent of US smartphone sales in October and November. Compare that to 47 percent from Android phones and an embarrassing 6 percent from RIM’s BlackBerry phones. The rest of the smartphone platforms are barely worth mentioning at only a few percentage points.
Interestingly, when you compare Apple’s performance in October and November to their Q3 performance, there is a huge jump. iPhones accounted for 26 percent of smartphone sales in Q3 while Android accounted for a whopping 60 percent. So while Apple jumped 17 percentage points, Android dropped 13 percentage points. RIM, in comparison, dropped from 8 percent to 6 percent.
More and more, it is looking as if all other platforms are being drowned out by the popularity of iOS and Android. Even more importantly, iOS and Android have the mind share. The biggest and best developers are supporting the dominant platforms while Windows Mobile and BlackBerries flail depressingly.
Worth noting, the top three selling smartphones in October and November are the iPhones 4S, the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 3GS. Yes, that’s right. The two and a half year old 3GS outsold every Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone handset on a handset to handset basis. Truly, Apple must be laughing all the way to the bank.