Android Overtakes iPhone; Will Steal Apple’s Girlfriend Next

*Sniff*. Sorry, I’m getting emotional. It’s just that… they… they just grow up so fast!

Yes, our little Android, who just a couple of years ago was just a little babe in swaddling cloths, has now overtaken Apple’s ubiquitous smartphone in sales.

Today, the Nielsen Company will announce that phones based on Google’s mobile operating system accounted for 27% of new subscribers, as compared to the iPhone’s 23%.

In certain ways, this is unsurprising. Android is available on multiple handsets, including the popular Motorola Droid and HTC EVO 4G. It’s a bit like Windows being available on everything from a Dell or HP to a custom-made box from your local computer shop.

Still, as any company who has tried to take on Apple will tell you, challenging the gang at Cupertino is no easy task, particularly when it comes to taking mindshare from Apple. That Google, in two short years, has been able to pull neck and neck with Apple is both impressive and well-deserved.

By navneetalang

Navneet Alang is a technology-culture writer based in Toronto. You can find him on Twitter at @navalang

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