The Google vs Apple battle heated up this week when the latest data showed Google’s Android platform has taken the lead in the U.S. smartphone market.
According to market research firm NPD Group, devices with the Android operating system accounted for 44% of new smartphones sold to U.S. consumers in the third quarter. Apple iPhone’s came in second place with 23%.
That number may not shock anyone, considering the variety of Android phones available from handset makers like Motorola and HTC, while there is just one iPhone. But it’s a big change from a year ago, when the iPhone dominated the thoughts of the independent developers who write applications for smartphones.
As the battle intensifies, venture capitalists and developers are considering which platform they want to invest in, bank on and develop for. Here at iPling we are happy to see some healthy mobile OS competition and are looking forward to soon supporting both iPhone and Android phones... and not to forget, BBs as well ;)