iPhone Sales Stagger in Europe

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If you are an Android or BlackBerry fan tired of hearing about the success of the iPhone, here's some welcome news.

Apple's share in the smartphone market has declined in several European countries including France and Germany, Reuters reported, citing data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech during the 12 weeks to end November.

The report said waning economies and the declining prices of competing smartphones are hurting the iPhone.

"The French market is showing increasing signs of price sensitivity," Reuters quoted Kantar's Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director, as stating.

Motorola Mobility and other smartphone manufacturers that incorporate Google's Android's operating system are benefiting: Android's market share was reportedly between 46 and 61 percent in all markets.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple need not fret in the United States as it share climbed to 36 percent from 25 percent a year earlier. Britain is also kind to the consumer electronics giant where the iPhone's share has grown from 21 percent to 31 percent, Reuters reported.

In October, Apple introduced its latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S, which features Siri -- an intelligent personal assistant that can recognize natural speech. .  

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