In the midst of a smartphone explosion, Android has quickly grown to be the largest mobile OS on the planet. Its open nature allows for the plethora of devices that now exist, with an option for every person out there. When looking at Verizon’s third quarter sales, we can almost assume that most smartphone sales will continue to be mostly Android devices.

Verizon has reported that it sold 5.6 million smartphones during the third quarter of 2011, and around half (almost 3 million) of those ran on the Android OS. The percentage of Android sales will definitely continue to grow with more devices on the horizon, but how will the new player in the house, the iPhone 4S, affect those numbers? With 2 million of those third quarter sales being iPhones, the competition is still heated. With the fourth quarter now upon us, and news that Verizon sold out of the iPhone 4S on the first day of sales, we have to wonder how much more Apple could be gaining on Android at the end of 2011.

Since the iPhone 4 was considered an outdated device by the third quarter, it can be assumed that most Apple fans would probably prefer waiting for the iPhone 4S. Many of them got the device on day 1, but a lot more people are probably still waiting for Apple to ship more iPhone 4S devices to Verizon.

It is hard to tell at this point, but it seems like the near future could bring fierce competition between the two biggest smartphone platforms (at least in the Verizon network). How do you think numbers would look if every carrier in the world offered both iOS and Android smartphones? Would Android really be as popular?

Android fans will stand by the green robot, for all the reasons that we already know. There is also the Samsung Galaxy Nexus coming, which could likely get very high numbers as well — especially being the first Ice Cream Sandwich device out there.

Another thing to note is that one of Verizon’s strongest sides is its 4G LTE network. As you may know, no iPhone currently takes advantage of those blazing Verizon 4G LTE speeds. Those looking to move into 4G LTE would probably go with Android.

It’ll be interesting to see the turn out of next quarter’s results. Do you guys see the tables turning with the iPhone 4S on Verizon’s network? Do you think Android will stay on top? What is your prediction of the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus compared to the iPhone 4S?

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