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Why Android will be the biggest selling medical devices in the world by the end of 2012

Android and the iPhone are on the way to be the biggest selling medical devices in the world.

But – will FDA software device scrutiny stop the tsunami of healthcare apps or simply slow down the wave?

By the end of the summer 2012, there will be about  13,000 health apps intended for use by consumers available in Apple’s AppStore, according to Consumer Health Apps for Apple’s iPhone.

Most of these are available for Android also – and due to it’s Linux and open source background, Android has a big advantage over iOS when it comes to developing healthcare apps and exchanging healthcare information between patients and physicians in a secure, standard and vendor-independent fashion.

While the iPhone may be more appealing to consumers than  Android phones (and that is arguable considering the success of Samsung Galaxy 2 and Galaxy 3 outside the US);  the combination of developer sex-appeal and low platform price will probably drive sales of healthcare apps for Android far beyond iPhone in the long run.

As of July 2012, there were over 500 Top selling paid apps in the medical category on Google Play.

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