The next level of smartphone and tablet competition (and, no doubt, related lawsuits) is underway
Google Inc. today will unveil the first device running the new version of its Android software, stepping up competition with Apple Inc. and seeking to win over developers by making it easier to write programs that run on both phones and tablets.
The latest Android incarnation will offer easier multitasking and a new way to access applications. With the update, Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page aims to boost mobile-advertising sales and give customers an alternative to Apple’s iOS software, which runs iPhones and iPads. At stake is dominance in the $207 billion mobile-phone market, where iPhone is the top-selling device and Android is the most-used software.