Android accounted for less than 19% of Q4 smartphone sales at AT&T

Apple’s share of the global smartphone market reportedly topped the market share of all Android vendors combined in the fourth quarter last year, and nowhere was the iPhone’s lead more dominant than at AT&T. The nation’s No.2 carrier on Thursday reported its earnings for the December quarter, stating that smartphone activations totaled 9.4 million units. Apple’s iPhone lineup accounted for 7.6 million activations, or 81% of all smartphones AT&T activated during the three months ended in December. Considering the handful of BlackBerry smartphones and Windows Phones the carrier sold last quarter, all of AT&T’s Android phones combined were responsible for under 19% of the carrier’s smartphone sales. Android handsets continue to proliferate globally and with a number of stunners due to be unveiled next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the tide will certainly soon turn back in Google’s favor. The iPad 3 is due to launch in the coming months and a completely redesigned iPhone on the horizon, however, and Apple may very well top its record-setting fiscal first quarter later this year.

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