It’s a battle greater than Nelson vs Napoleon, England vs India and Alien vs Predator, all rolled into one. In the smartphone world, two computing giants are constantly pitting their wits against each other for control of the mobile landscape. In the red corner, it’s the open-sourced Google-owned Android OS fighting for the good name of geeks and casual users everywhere. In the blue corner, it’s Silicon Valley giants Apple with their tightly controlled App Store and highly desirable hardware.

The question that’s constantly running through our minds however, is which party is going to come out on top. Today, Life Of Android brings you the answer. Well, our answer at least. By running through five categories we hope to offer the most informed answer possible as to which party will prevail. One thing’s for certain, it’s going to be a close run race.

Smartphones

Clearly Apple and Android have different philosophies when it comes to the smartphone market. Apple make the iPhone and nothing else. Android have allowed plethora of manufacturers install to their OS at no charge. This has handed them a market share to the point where 550,000 Android devices are activated each day. This spans from entry-level smartphones to the luxury end of the field where Apple reside. While the iPhone is still a much revered smartphone, the number of consumers who can afford it is naturally limited – and even they have a choice between Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 handsets as well. No wonder rumours are abound of an iPhone Nano to draw Apple downmarket.

Verdict: The iPhone may be an extremely popular device but Android is lapping up every corner of the market Apple don’t have their grubby mitts on. Very soon their silent dominance is going to really show.

Tablets

The iPad created a whole new technology market so it’s no surprise Apple’s slate rules the roost for the moment. In fact, Android tablets make up only 5 per cent of the total market. With the launch of the Honeycomb OS this February and Ice Cream Sandwich to come later this year, times are a’changing. Certainly the playing field is likely to even out as more Android apps become optimised for a larger screen. Some have even predicted an Android lead will open up by 2016. Apple will be feeling confident however, as tablets remain a luxury to many, not a necessity, and despite some well-designed competition, the iPad is the clear consumer favourite.

Verdict: Apple created the tablet market and for the moment Android is playing catch up. The range of Android slates coming onto the market however, means a fascinating chase is on.

Apps

Which app retailer you prefer is likely to come down to which side of the fence you are sitting on, developer or smartphone owner. For developers, Apple’s App Store contains an undeniable culture of payment despite its smaller user base. For handset owners, Android’s Market is predicted to surpass Apple’s by 2012 and places a much greater emphasis on offering apps for free. In the future, if Android can motivate its superior number of handset owners to download more apps then developers will follow. Apple’s once vice-like grip on the app economy is looking shaky.

Verdict: If Android doesn’t have the app edge already it will do imminently. Their massive user base gives developers a potential market even Apple can’t compete with

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