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The latest report from research firm Kantar World Panel claims that sales of iPhones jumped ahead of Android devices in the US for the final quarter of 2014. Apple claimed 47.7% of the smartphone market, barely beating Android's 47.6% share. It's the first time that iOS has been ahead of Android in the US since the fourth quarter of 2012.

Compared to the same time period a year ago, Apple's US share jumped up by 3.8%, while Android was down by the exact same percentage points. Not surprising, Kantar's ComTech chief of research Carolina Milanesi said the sales success of the [iPhone 6]http://www.imore.com/iphone-6) and iPhone 6 Plus was the reason for the boost in iOS's market share. She stated:

"While the success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is unprecedented, this quarter's performance also points to Apple having its strongest portfolio ever. With a range of devices available at different price points in both contract and pre-pay Apple was able to take advantage of a weaker Android offering at the premium end of the market."

iOS was also ahead of Android in Japan and Australia for the fourth quarter of 2014, and made big gains in other countries. In Great Britain, Apple's share went up by 13.1% to land at 42%, but is still behind Android's 50.5%.

Source: Kantar World Panel