Apple named top UK smartphone brand

But RIM disputes top spot claim

The battle over which brand has the biggest smartphone share in the UK is causing controversy, with RIM disputing the recent naming of Apple as the top manufacturer.

Comscore has released new figures that show Apple has nipped past Symbian to become the UK's biggest smartphone provider with nearly 5.5 million registered users.

Android is a close second, but while Apple has risen 46 per cent in the last year (still an impressive number given the already strong iPhone penetration) Google's Android has gone from far less than one million users to 5.4 million, showing a staggering 634 per cent increase year on year.

No, WE'RE the biggest

However, this seems to have angered RIM, which is still sticking to its Gfk-based numbers that show it has nearly double the amount of BlackBerry subscribers that Comscore is showing:

"ComScore estimated that RIM had 3.591 million BlackBerry subscribers in the UK at the end of May 2011 when in fact RIM's UK subscriber base at the end of May 2011 stood at just under 7 million subscribers," said a spokesperson.

"RIM is committed to providing its customers with the very best BlackBerry experience and is proud to be the UK's #1 smartphone brand. RIM has experienced strong international growth, with 67% of revenue in Q1 FY12 derived from international markets."

Via Eurodroid

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