“Apple appears to have taken control of 50% of the smartphone market in the first quarter of 2012, despite a report to the contrary by NPD this morning,” Jay Yarow reports for The Business Insider.

“NPD put out a press release saying Android was the best selling smartphone operating system in the first quarter, grabbing 61% of the market. Apple’s iOS was in second, according to NPD, with 29% of the market,” Yarow reports. “However, there’s a big problem with this data. It runs contrary to what the carriers themselves are actually reporting.”

Yarow reports, “Apple accounted for 63% of 80% of the smartphone sales on those carriers, [therefore] it had 50% of the total smartphone market in the U.S. in the first quarter of the year. So, how did NPD get to its number of 29%? We asked, and the answer wasn’t all that satisfying.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you’re in the U.S., just look around: More than 3 smartphone users out of 10 have iPhones.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jax44″ for the heads up.]

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