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Android finally tops Apple iOS

by Kristen Nicole

Android breaks a 2-month tie with Apple iOS

For two months, Android has been tied with Apple (AAPL) for the top spot in Millennial Media’s mobile advertising network. December brought great tidings for Android, though, as it surpassed iOS for the first time. Millennial’s December MobileMix report goes on to note Android’s speedy takeover for apps as well, with a 55 percent hold on the market.

The successful growth of Android is largely due to its expansive device catalog, which spans more than a dozen smartphones, and takes up the bulk of the Top 30 devices used in Millennial’s network. Apple, however, still reigns as the top manufacturer, with its iPhone and iPod Touch retaining their 1st and 2nd positions on this list.

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Sony’s Android goals for 2011

Nevertheless, the growing influence of Android devices is still a big boon for manufacturers, including Sony Ericsson (SNE). The company has big plans for 2011, with the new Xperia Arc, running Android 2.3. Add in the potential for an upcoming PlayStation Android device to emerge under the Xperia name, and Sony Ericsson could really set the stage for mobile gaming’s future.

Google Translate gets real-time speech conversions

Google (GOOG) intends to leverage Android for its own apps as well, with a new feature for Google Translate debuting yesterday. The added ‘Conversation Mode’ translates speech in real time, acting as a personal translator for users. Speak aloud in one language, and Google Translate converts and speaks in another. The feature is still a work in progress, and currently only supports English and Spanish.