With each passing day, Google
New data from researcher Canalys show that while Apple's
"Android has been well received by the market and in some geographies it is becoming a sought-after consumer brand. It has rapidly become the platform to watch, and its growing volumes will help to entice developers, ensuring consumers have access to an increasingly rich and vibrant mobile content and application ecosystem," Canalys senior analyst Pete Cunningham said in a press release.
But again, Android isn't the only winner here. Both Apple's and Google's gains have come at the expense of Research In Motion
A short-lived victory for the iOS
Trouble is, when you look at operating systems rather than handsets, Android is gaining share so fast that Apple is either going to have to license iOS, or sign more carrier deals to keep up. The latter is the only realistic option, and both Verizon
The implication? Neither carrier is going to pay what AT&T
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