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Is Android the “Windows” of the Mobile world?

Is Android the “Windows” of the mobile world to Apple’s Cocoa Touch (aka OS X)?

Is the operating system of choice war gone from Microsoft vs Apple, to Google (Android) vs Apple (Cocoa Touch/OS X) for the mobile handset OS of choice?  Looks certain that Android will be very pervasive as t’s as adaptable as OS X (for everything but desktops – so far): Android on Mobile phones is a true competitor to Cocoa Touch on the iPhone and iPad (and I’d love that built-in wifi hotspot capability to make it to an iPhone); Android in “Google TV’s” up against Apple TV running a (older) version of OS X (Tiger iirc).

Maybe Apple will always be a highly profitable “minor player” that leads in innovation?

Just look at some of the most recent Android-specific stats:

  • 100,000 Android-based phones are activated every day.
  • It’s on 60 devices from 21 OEM makers on 59 carriers in 48 countries.
  • There are 50,000 apps in the Android Market Place.
  • In the first quarter of the year, it was the second-best selling smartphone OS after RIM’s BlackBerry.