iPhone 5 Poised to Break Android’s Market-Share Gobbling Juggernaut

In the smartphone wars, Android-enabled phones obviously have been selling quite well.

But a financial analyst believes Apples next-generation iPhone could hurt Android, Googles popular operating system for smartphones.

In a research note, Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf predicted that Androids market share will decline significantly in the December quarter after the iPhone 5 is introduced, Apple Insider reported.

In the first quarter of 2011, Androids market share fell to 50 percent of smartphone unit sales, down from 53 percent in the prior quarter, according The NPD Group, a market research firm.

Wolf predicted that Android would regain share in the June and September quarters before a material decline” in the December quarter following the launch of the iPhone 5.

In our opinion, this is just the beginning of Androids share loss in the U.S.,” the analyst wrote.

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