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According to Ovum, Android app downloads are poised to surpass those of iPhone apps this year for the very first time. It’s the result both of people becoming more comfortable with using and downloading mobile apps as well as the growth provided by GetJar, Amazon Appstore and other third-party app marketplaces. The research firm forecasted that Apple will have a hefty 6.1 billion downloads by year end but this won’t surpass the predicted 8.1 billion surge for Android apps. What’s more, by 2016 it seems that Android downloads will be a little less than double that of the iPhone: 21.8…

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The continuous advancements of smartphones and tablets have led some to say that we are now in a post-PC era. Just like in the popular debates about which desktop or laptop computer operating system was better, the same question is being asked by users about mobile devices today. Nokia and Blackberry jump started mobile industry advancements around a decade ago but Apple’s introduction of the iPhone easily superseded these to gain a major presence in the consumer market. Then Google came up with Android and iOS superiority was no longer a given. According to how market experts analyze it, there…

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Many have underestimated Android’s fast growth in the past, and some still do even now. But Android is going to put another “win” on its belt this year when it will overtake iOS (that’s iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) in number of app downloads. According to the research firm Ovum, Android is expected to reach 8.1 billion downloads, this year, while Apple’s iOS will count 6 billion app downloads. Last year, Apple reached 2.7 billion downloads, while Android only 1.4 billion. That’s more than 2x growth for iOS and more than 6x growth for Android, all in just one year….

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Net Applications did it again. Last month they sent their stats around to all the tech blogs claiming the Safari browser grew the fastest in the previous month. In fact that claim was very misleading, as they took the iOS browser numbers and added them to the desktop Safari numbers, and claiming that the Safari browser grew twice as fast as Chrome. The best part is they only did it for Apple’s browsers. They didn’t add the Android browser numbers to Chrome, didn’t add the Firefox Mobile numbers to Firefox, and didn’t add the Opera Mini/Mobile numbers to Opera either. Today,…

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Jumptap recently released the findings of its mobile OS research based on state location, and surprise, surprise! If the whole country votes on the number 1 OS in the United States this July, Android will definitely rule over Apple iOS and Blackberry. The color coded map in Yellow, Blue, Gray, and Checks reveals an over-all North vs South sentiment in terms of iOS and Android use. The latter’s loyalists are obviously in South and Southwest states– California, Texas, and Florida even over-indexed for Android use. Apple fans in New England and the Midwest over-indexed for iOS use, with Northeast and…

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“The excitement around the Android tablet I think is incredible. There will be another 20 tablets that will come by the end of the year that will push the industry in different directions.” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen showed support to Android in an interview at the D9 Conference, saying that Android-powered tablets will soon surpass the Apple iPad, in a similar fashion as Android smartphones ruling over the iPhones. Adobe was in a spat vs Apple about Flash distribution, but during the interview, he downplayed the previous disagreement and seemed to have started a new one. Steve Jobs earlier commented…

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In March 2011, Nielsen first reports Android’s U.S. market dominance over Apple iOS and RIM in terms of smartphones. After three months, Android widens the lead, plus it now takes the top spot in data usage. According to Nielsen’s most recent smartphones survey, 37% of mobile phone users are now on smartphones, and 36% of those are using an Android device, up from 29% last March. That’s a 10-percent lead over iPhone (Apple iOS) users with 26% (one notch down from March’s 27%), and much farther from RIM Blackberry users with 23% (also 27% in March). Palm also has decreased…

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The mobile OS wars heat up with the recent update of Apple’s iOS to version 4.3. (boo!) While this software upgrade for the iPhone does give the fruit-named company a big boost in features, how does it really stack up against the latest and greatest snack-themed Android version? Let’s have a look: Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread NFC-support: Provides short-range peer-to-peer interaction with compatible devices. While very few apps exist that take advantage of this, this tech is often used for mobile payments and identity verification. Improved UI: Provides great contrast and a vivid look while maintaining power-efficiency. Easier navigation as well…

Ars Technica have released some statistics revealing the performance of Android 2.2 in comparison to the iOS 4 platform. Specifically, the performance benchmarks were based on JavaScript using SunSpider and V8. To be honest, I am slightly surprised someone had not performed these tests already as they were screaming out to be run. First, it should be noted that the results show “JavaScript execution in Froyo’s Web browser is almost three times faster than in the previous version of the [Android] platform.” This is something we were expecting due to the high-performance JIT that was introduced in Android’s Dalvik runtime…

A really interesting piece from the AppStore HQ blog has emerged. Sure, it is designed to promote their brand, but the findings are rather interesting. According to the company, iOS developers out-number Android developers more than 4:1. Around 10% of Android developers also develop for the iOS, but a measly 3% that develop for the iOS actually develop for Android too. There has been talk of a ‘war’ between Android and iOS for the future of mobile smartphone computing. It would certainly seem as though this dichotomy is echoed in the development world too. Personally, I find this hard to…