​In Q2 2011, the market shares of Android and iOS were 44% and 31%, respectively. Recent quarterly shipment growth figures explain Android’s lead. iPhone shipment growth in Q2 2011 slowed to 9% from 15% a quarter earlier. In contrast, Android smartphone shipments increased 36% in Q2 2011, compared to 20% in Q1. Android’s install base now exceeds iOS by a factor of 2.4-to-1 worldwide; by 2016 this factor will grow to 3-to-1.

“Despite leading in total mobile application downloads, Android’s app downloads per user still lag behind Apple’s by 2-to-1,” adds Dan Shey, practice director, mobile services, in a statement. “Apple’s superior monetization policies attracted good developers within its ranks, thus creating a better catalog of apps and customer experience.”

Global app downloads for year-end 2011 are expected to balloon to 29 billion, compared to only nine billion in 2010. Such stellar increases are largely due to the proliferation of smartphones around the world. The total smartphone install base is expected to grow 46% in 2011.

ABI Research’s “Mobile Applications Market Data“” tracks mobile application downloads and revenues segmented by mobile operating system platform. The database includes historical data and forecasts for application downloads for all major mobile OSs. It also provides mobile application revenue forecasts and an overview of the major mobile application storefronts. This study is a part of the firm’s Mobile Applications Research Service.

Source: ABI Research

Chloe Albanesius reports for PC Magazine reports on “an influx of malware” targeting Android settlers. An August report from Lookout Security found that app- and Web-based threats are increasing in prevalence and sophistication, with Android users 2.5 times more likely to encounter malware than they were six months ago.

“Unlike Apple, Google does not monitor its apps once they are in the Android Market, responding only to complaints,” Albanesius reports.

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