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Google's Android: The Unstoppable Force

Tim Brugger
November 20, 2012

Little changed in Q3 for the top two smartphone OS providers in the world. Proving you don't have to like each other to successfully compete in the same market, Google(NASDAQ: GOOG) and Apple(NASDAQ: AAPL) continued to rule the mobile OS universe. Android and iOS remained a solid first and second in Gartner's most recent report detailing worldwide mobile phone sales results in Q3.

Even their respective lawyers are pretending to get along, as Google's Motorola Mobility division and Apple wind up their ongoing legal discussions involving the alleged misuse of patents. Google's head attorney, Kent Walker, said, "We have long sought a path to resolving patent issues and we welcome the chance to build on the constructive dialogue between our companies."

Apple's head legal eagle, Bruce Sewell, echoed Walker, "Apple's goal has always been to find a mutual and transparent process to resolve this dispute on terms that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory without the threat or taint of exclusionary remedies."

How dominant is dominant?
Now that the two industry leaders are close to sweeping the legal issues under the rug, they can get back to squashing the pretenders in the mobile OS marketplace. Even before the latest numbers were released, Google's Android was far and away the leading OS in the smartphone world. Google owned over 52% of the OS market in Q3 of 2011, with nearly