“Booming demand for the latest iPhone model helped Apple beat all phones using Google’s Android platform in the U.S. smartphone market in the fourth quarter, data showed on Wednesday,” Tarmo Virki reports for Reuters.

“Research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Apple’s share of the U.S. market doubled from a year ago to 44.9% in the October to December period… beating Google’s Android smartphones, which slipped to 44.8% from 50 percent,” Virki reports. “‘Apple has continued its strong sales run in the U.S., UK and Australia over the Christmas period,’ Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at the research firm said. ‘Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover.'”

Virki reports, “Kantar said Microsoft’s Windows Phone share in all of the nine key markets it measures remained at less than 2 percent despite the high-profile launch of the Lumia range from Nokia.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Seems like more and more people are hitting the end of their two year contracts and realizing that, gee, pretend iPhones simply cannot compare to the real thing.

Onward and upward! Fasten your seat belts and prepare the mothership for ludicrous speed!