Android vs. Apple: How Google May Be Helping The iPhone

12/20/2010 09:53 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

You might think that the almost viral spread of Google's (GOOG) free and open-source Android operating system would eventually drive down smartphone prices and put pressure on Apple's (AAPL) proprietary iOS -- and on Steve Jobs' enviable profit margins.

But an analysis of the eight largest mobile vendors' average selling prices posted overnight Monday by Asymco's Horace Dediu suggests that something quite different is happening.

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