Android rules the app download market, according to a new report. But Apple clings to one very important superlative.
Android remains the most popular mobile OS in the US. And according to one new report, Android had also become the leader in app downloads – an arena once dominated by Apple and its online App Store. In the second quarter of 2011, the analytics firm ABI announced this week, Android was responsible for 44 percent of all mobile app downloads, compared to 31 percent on Apple's iOS.
"Android’s open source strategy is the main factor for its success," Lim Shiyang, research associate at ABI, said in a statement. "Being a free platform has expanded the Android device install base, which in turn has driven growth in the number of third party multi-platform and mobile operator app stores. These conditions alone explain why Android is the new leader in the mobile application market."