Is Android the “Windows” of the Mobile world?

Is Android the “Windows” of the mobile world to Apple’s Cocoa Touch (aka OS X)? http://bit.ly/alUHW7

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.

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