Mobile Deathmatch: Apple IOS 4 Vs. Android 2.2

As the mobile battle narrows, the iPhone finally faces a real challenger

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But Android OS 2.2 does offer a strong core platform whose UI may be inferior to iOS 4 but is good enough for most users. Android OS 2.2's other major deficits center around security and manageability and around corporate apps. Should Google get serious about these areas, Android could easily tie with iOS. After all, it was only a year ago that iOS (then called iPhone OS 3.0) started to take corporate needs seriously, and only last month (with iOS 4) that the necessary foundation was in place to do so.

In the United States, the flawed AT&T 3G network continues to give users a reason to want an alternative to iOS, thanks to the carrier's lock on Apple, and that fact just adds fuel to the Android fire. Android's momentum with users and the support from developers and device makers alike give it a real opportunity to catch up to iOS at some point. No other would-be iPhone-killer can make that claim today.

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This article, "Mobile deathmatch: Apple iOS 4 vs. Android 2.2," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in mobile computing and read Gruman et al.'s Mobile Edge blog at InfoWorld.com.

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