Apple and Google: Two-horse Racing in the Mobile Market

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Galaxy S4Americans love a horse race, whether it involves the big, four-legged critters or the two-legged political kind. The attraction, of course, is that there’s always a winner. Trying to apply the horse racing analogy to the mobile device market may not provide the clarity we’ve grown used to.

Both Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) are “winning” the mobile market, depending on what track the two are running on. Google’s Android operating system is a clear winner in the platform wars, and devices running Android outnumber devices running Apple’s iOS.

Market research firm Flurry looked at the horse race on a couple of different tracks as well. On the basis of time spent in apps, iOS outruns Android by more than 20%. The introduction of the iPhone 5 stopped a skid in iOS app usage that followed the introduction of Samsung’s Galaxy S3…

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