Google’s smartphone platform, Android, has overtaken Apple’s iOS in domestic sales for the first time in the product’s history.


New figures published by Kantar's ComTech WorldPanel reveal that in the 12 weeks to August 7, Android systems accounted for 42.9 per cent of smartphone sales, compared to Apple’s 37.2 per cent of the market.


The results come as Google has announced a US$12.5 billion (AUD$12.06) acquisition of mobile handset producer Motorola in the company’s latest attempt to corner the smartphone market.