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Google’s Android beats Apple in mobile app downloads


We love our Apple devices. We love the iPad in business. We love iPhones to the tune of 17-million phones sold in Apple’s last quarter. But, there are far more Android phones sold than there are iPhones, and with nicely priced Android tablets such as the ViewSonic 7e and Amazon Kindle Fire, the iPad is being challenged on tablets as well. So, love aside, perhaps it shouldn’t come as any surprise that ABI Research is reporting that Android is now number one in mobile application downloads.

According to ABI Research, In the second quarter of 2011, “Android overtook iOS to become the market share leader in mobile application downloads. The market shares of Android and iOS were 44% and 31%, respectively.”

In case you’re keeping score at home, there are still more iOS applications than there are Android applications and iPhone and iPad users are far more likely to download an application than their Android brothers and sisters.

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