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Android’s lasting impact

Google’s [GOOG] Android OS is facilitating these differentiated marketplaces, providing a foundation for developing apps on a number of devices, with options for brands and manufacturers to make their own portals for consumers to access. This is becoming a software threat to Apple, with Steve Jobs acknowledging that Android devices out-shipped Apple during the company’s transition to iPhone 4. More notably, Jobs added his interest in Android’s OS sales for Q4 2010, with Apple’s side of the story surfacing during tomorrow’s fiscal earnings report.

Android’s platform has also made it easier to access educational information, putting smartphones to good use as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Martin Luther King Inspiration app offers quotes and photos from the Civil Rights leader, delivering motivational words today, and every day beyond.