Even though iOS remains the true popular choice for handheld gaming — at the moment, anyway — Google Play is running closely behind.

Google’s Android is now just behind iOS when it comes to mobile gamer spending. An IDC and App Annie report states that the Android device has managed to surpass other game devices in terms of sales, including Nintendo’s dual-screen 3DS handheld and Sony’s PlayStation Vita.

Granted, Android has bigger strength in numbers with more phone and tablet devices available that support the platform, outpacing the 3DS and PS Vita more than twenty-fold. That said, handheld console games typically sell for high prices compared to the free-to-play games Android usually sports.

Can Android hold its lead, especially with Sony dropping the price on the Vita and Nintendo preparing a number of hit titles for the 3DS in time for the holiday rush

Source: Engadget