Android shines as a mobile platform

Android captured a reported 70 percent of the global smartphone share in the last quarter of 2012, solidifying its position as a popular and solid Apple iOS alternative.

Though Apple and its iOS devices get most of the press, Android and its partners have turned their alternative ecosystem into a serious competitor. Android devices span almost every form factor and tablet/smartphone market, from branded devices such as the Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook to the open, tinker-friendly tablets such as the Nexus 7 and 10.