“Early success for the iPhone 5 smartphone has helped Apple to overtake Google’s Android software in the United States, research firm Kantar WorldPanel said on Tuesday,” Tarmo Virki reports for Reuters.

“Apple’s U.S. market share in the 12 weeks to October 31 more than doubled from a year ago to 48.1 percent, putting it within reach of the record 49.3 percent it managed in early 2012,” Virki reports. “Android’s share dropped to 46.7 percent from 63.3 percent, Kantar WorldPanel’s data showed.”

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“Kantar says that 62% of all iPhone 5 sales in the U.S. were from existing Apple owners upgrading, with 13% coming from Android switchers, 6% from BlackBerry, and a ‘small number’ of first time smarphone owners,” Ingrid Lunden reports for TechCrunch. “The latter is a very key segment and one that all handset makers should be targeting as penetration of early adopters nears saturation.”

Lunden report, “Loyalty will continue to serve Apple well: Kantar Worldpanel Analyst Dominic Sunnebo says that ‘92% of existing Apple owners in the US said they will choose an iPhone the next time they upgrade.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Three iPhone models vs. 150+ Fragmandroid iPhone knockoffs in the United States. iPhone wins.

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