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Google’s Android takeover knocks down Nokia’s Symbian market

by Kristen Nicole

Android’s global takeover

Android has already soared past Apple’s (AAPL) iOS in terms of overall distribution, and now it’s set to take over global leader Nokia (NOK), ending a decade-long reign over the smartphone industry. According to research firm Canalys, the 32.9 million handsets running a Google OS (including Android, OMS and Tapas) surpass Nokia’s Symbian market, thanks to a 615 percent growth rate last year, compared to Nokia’s 30 percent growth.

With all that growing to manage, Android’s going to need a continuous string of incoming developers. Google (GOOG) is on the lookout for software developers to create apps for smarthones and other mobile devices (think tablets), according to a Wall Street Journal article this morning. Google’s begun recruiting team members across the board, from product managers to interface experts, indicating a smart dedication to the overall mobile experience.

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Growth for apps too

The experimental spirit is already in the air, thanks to Google’s early support of Near Field Communications. Stanford University is among the first to play around with the NFC capabilities, demonstrating a couple of collaborative apps for content sharing. The first is a whiteboard app, where an additional user can join the session by simply putting the two participating phones together. The second app sends gallery photos in the same manner [via Phandroid].

Another perk of Android’s expansive growth is a rise in popularity, giving the NFL a great opportunity to connect with fans during the Super Bowl this year. The NFL Enterprise has officially launched the Android app for Super Bowl XLV. It comes with 3D maps for the big event, local and stadium info, and more. If you plan on attending the biggest game of the year, you’d better have this app in your back pocket.