Here’s the New King of Apps

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) passed Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS as the most popular software platform for application downloads from the previous three months, ABI Research said. The Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) platform accounted for 44 percent of all app downloads in the second quarter, overshadowing Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) 31 percent share. That was fueled by a 36 percent jump in Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system shipments.

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Android was introduced in 2007 as an open-source platform. Any phone maker was allowed to use it for free and focus on designing hardware rather than software. Android has helped propel Samsung Electronics Co. into the ranks of top smartphone makers, as well as shoot a recovery at Motorola Mobility Holdings (NYSE:MMI). Even though Android’s app downloads per user still lag behind Apple’s (APPL), and even though Apple’s (APPL) iPhone app sales surged, the Android provided a beneficial platform to other companies.

“Global downloads of games, music, news and other apps are expected to rise to 29 billion this year, more than triple the 9 billion downloaded in 2010, ABI said,” according to Bloomberg.

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