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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 A small (and unpublished) percentage are removed by Google for malware or spam.

Espier Launcher temporarily cures iPhone envy

We give Apple a lot of grief here for outdated software, lackluster hardware, litigating for a monopoly, designing form over function, needlessly restricting their App Store, engineered obsolescence, hyperbolic marketing and... where was I? Oh yes, despite all that, Apple makes a fine-looking phone operating system. Many have tried and mostly failed to emulate the shiny, glossy look of iOS on Android, with possibly the best example being the custom ROM MIUI. If you're not quite ready to take the flashing step, consider the new Espier Launcher, which will let you ape Apple's darling design without lowering yourself to last year's hardware.

Samsung Galaxy S II vs iPhone 4S browser comparison and load times [Video Updated]

The iPhone 4S is finally here and while we don't have a 5 to compare things to, we do have the 4S to throw up against the Samsung Galaxy S II for a few browser load times and overall performance tests as I'm sure plenty are interested in seeing the results. I always told myself I'd never use the word "iPhone" in a title here at Android Community but this isn't about me -- its for you, the readers. A little friendly competition is always nice right? Because where would we all be without it -- probably still using Nokia candy bar phones daily. Enough of that, check out our video below.

Google Readying Pulse Competitor feed reader app

One of the most obvious and easily made excellent functions of a tablet computer is its ability to act as a news reader. What groups like News360 and Feedly and Pulse have discovered is that it's quite the lucrative and easily accessible market indeed. And you know what happens when there's a market that's available for access, right? Google comes in and smashes everyone else with their Thor hammer! Or I suppose that's what they'll be hoping to do with what's likely to be called "Google Propeller."

Over a million combined iOS and Android apps have been released

Any way you look at it, there are tons of apps on the Android Market and the iTunes App Store. Granted many of them are different copies of the same app or junk that none of us want anyway. Still, there are a million apps now released for Android and iOS combined. That is a very big number and it comes from Appsfire. Appsfire is a new app tracking company.

Android Developers say Piracy a concern, iOS found more profitable for Paid Apps

There's a brand new study out right this very moment done up by Yankee Group and Skyhook which has found Apple users downloading paid apps on the average six times more than their Android counterparts. This same study, as published today, found that users in the USA downloaded approximately 40 apps a year per user, and that Android developers made and continue to make "much less" money from the sales of paid apps than their Apple iOS developer friends. A further study done on 75 Android developers showed "rampant piracy" of Android apps to be the reason why there's a gap between the two camps.