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Nielsen: Android extends its lead in the US

No points for guessing who's on top in the smartphone race. For the time period of July, August and September, Android's U.S. market share grew from 39% to 42.8%, extending its lead once again. The Nielsen numbers match up pretty well with other statistical reports. The market is growing enough that Apple also increased its share, up to 28.3%.  44% of US mobile users now own a smartphone of one kind or another.

Infinity Blade developer snubs Android over piracy concerns

There's a lot of high-profile games either out or coming soon for Android, but even the staunchest Android evangelist (this guy!) would have trouble denying that the gaming market on iOS is more robust at the moment. The current posterboy for iOS graphics is Chair Entertainment's Infinity Blade, a hack-and slash action game with some undeniably incredible visuals. When asked when they'd bring the series to the even more popular Android platform, the devs cited fears of piracy as a reason not to create ports.

Android gets more IT developer interest than iOS and Windows Phone 7

Even the most ardent of iOS evangelists can't argue with Android's worldwide success, to the tune of a full 50% sales market share as of last quarter. It looks like developers, specifically in the IT area, are taking notice. When IBM gave a survey to IT pros on which platform they were more interested in, Android won by a landslide, beating out both Apple and Microsoft in their relevant areas.

Android and iOS 1-up Nintendo and Sony on portable gaming revenue

Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for... Mario? As predicted, revenue from mobile games on the iOS App Store and Android Market are crushing their single-function competition, earning an estimated 58% of United States portable gaming revenue, according to Flurry. Take note: that's not individual app sales, that's total revenue, giving iOS and Android combined a 1.9 billion dollar share of the 3.3 billion dollar gaming pie. The percentage of revenue going to smartphones and tablets has nearly doubled in a single year.

Android serves up 56% of mobile ads in third quarter

Android can't be stopped, and the progress is visible form more than just a hardware standpoint. According to Millennium Media by way of GigaOM, a full 56% of ads sent to mobile users were displayed on Android devices, with just 28% of the share going to Apple products and the remaining percentage split between other operating systems. Apple is still the leader in single-manufacturer impressions, with Samsung trailing at 16.5%.

Iris, an alpha, free Siri alternative for Android

Even though most of the "new" features in Apple's iOS 5 can be easily replicated by Android's built-in features or free apps, it's hard to deny that Siri is an impressive piece of tech. The natural language engine wowed consumers and press when demonstrated on-stage, and is honestly a lot more exciting that the iPhone 4S's lukewarm hardware improvements. At least one developer has been inspired to create his own version for Android. It's called "Iris," and the alpha version is available in the Android Market right now.

More than 1/3 of apps eventually removed from the Android Market

Interesting news out of the ever-speculative analyst space today: according to research2guidance, 37% of the apps posted to the Android market are eventually removed. Most of these are replaced by newer versions or simply taken down because they aren't needed any more, like a device-specific app that gets its features integrated into the main listing. A small (and unpublished) percentage are removed by Google for malware or spam.