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Network World - Android and the iPhone OS remain deadlocked in a heated battle for market share in the realm of mobile advertising.
According to the latest figures released by mobile advertizing firm Millennial Media, Android and iOS each accounted for 38% of "ad impressions" the company recorded from U.S. smartphones last month. The only other smartphone operating system to even come close to iOS and Android was RIM's BlackBerry OS, which accounted for 19% of smartphone ad impressions recorded by Millennial. Windows Mobile and Symbian each accounted for a mere 2% of ad impressions recorded in the smartphone market.
Millennial also says that Apple devices accounted for 25% of all ad impressions recorded on the network, as the iPhone (14% of impressions), iPod Touch (9% of impressions) and the iPad (2% of impressions) accounted for three of the 10 most popular devices on the network. Other popular devices include the Motorola Droid (7.5% of ad impressions), the BlackBerry Curve (7% of impressions) and the Samsung Freeform feature phone (2.5% of impressions).
Looking toward the future, Millennial also surveyed applications developers and asked them what if any new platforms they plan to support in 2011. Android was the most popular choice, as 29% of publishers said they planned to add support for it in 2011, followed by the iPad (20%) and Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 7 (20%). Android applications accounted for 54% of the revenue generated by mobile applications on Millennial's network last month, followed by iPhone OS applications, which accounted for 39% of revenue generated by mobile applications on the network last month.
Android's rapid rise as a popular operating system has been one of the biggest stories of the mobile world in 2010. Since January alone, Android has doubled its total market share in the mobile operating system market, and devices based on Android accounted for a 44% of smartphones purchased in the third quarter of 2010, according to research firm ChangeWave. Additionally, the Nielsen Company said this fall that Android had become the popular operating system among recent smartphone buyers, with RIM's BlackBerry OS and the iPhone OS trailing behind in a second-place tie. Research firm Gartner has projected that by the end of the year sales of Android devices will exceed those based on the BlackBerry OS and the iPhone OS, meaning that Android will trail only Symbian as the world's most-used mobile operating system.
Since its debut in the fall of 2007, Android has appeared on numerous popular smartphones for several carriers including Verizon's Motorola Droid and Sprint's HTC Evo 4G. Next year Google plans on releasing a new version of the Android OS that is catered specifically to tablet computers.
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