Japanese Jumped for iPhones in October After Launch

It is not often that Apple controls the majority of smartphone sales within a country, especially those in Asia, but in October, more than 75 percent of smartphones sold in Japan were iPhones. This increase in market share came after Apple was able to get its latest iPhones onto Japan's largest carrier, NTT Docomo.

Market researcher Kantar released its report showing that for October, iPhones were significantly more popular than any of their Android counterparts simply due to Apple's success in getting the phones onto Docomo and the nation's other smartphone carriers. Despite having massive sales in Japan, Apple is struggling in other countries as it quickly loses market share.

Not the Same Everywhere

The increase in Japanese iPhone sales can easily be attributed to Docomo and the country's other carriers offering the phone. As we have seen in other countries that begin to offer the iPhone, sales are much higher for at least a few months since many customers have been eagerly awaiting the iPhone lineup.

Eventually, Japan will likely fall in line with the rest of the world, which has seen at least 50 percent of smartphone sales coming from Android devices. In some areas, that number is near 70 percent. Across 12 key markets, Kantar found that 71 percent of smartphones sold were Android, compared with just 21 percent for iPhones.

Only having a few devices on the market puts Apple at a disadvantage, but overall, Android has been growing because many consumers now prefer the Android ecosystem over what iOS can provide.

When compared with previous months, Kantar said, the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c increased sales around the world. In other months that are not centered on a new set of devices, Apple's phones usually account for less than 20 percent of sales.

Primarily the 5s

Although the launch...

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