Here’s what we’re reading this morning:
Android is becoming a more desirable choice for smartphone buyers: Nielsen reported today that phone preferences have flipped in the last six months as more U.S. consumers say they want an Android phone as their next device. Thirty-one percent of consumers who plan to get a new smartphone indicated Android was now their preferred OS, compared to the 30 percent who say they want an iPhone. The assumption had been that many consumers were buying Android simply because it was cheaper or there were more options for carriers, but perhaps, the platform is just becoming a sexier choice.
Developers See a Two Horse Race Between iOS-Android: Not a big surprise here, but an Appcelerator-IDC survey is showing that developers are basically interested in building smartphone and tablet apps primarily for the Android and iOS platforms.
Qik Brings Video Chat, Social Feeds to Updated App: The Android platform is getting the full-featured version of the Qik app, which lets people livestream video and chat through live video over 3G, 4G or Wifi.
Medialets Allows Publishers to Sell High-End Inventory Directly to Brands: The mobile advertising network launched a new dashboard that will let advertisers and publishers better collaborate on higher-end mobile advertising campaigns.
Yahoo Picks Up IntoNow For an Estimated $17 Million: Yahoo scooped up TV check-in app IntoNow, which uses a phone’s microphone to detect what TV show a user might be watching, for a reported $15 million in cash and $2 million in stock, according to AllThingsD. Perhaps those skyhigh valuations for pre-revenue mobile apps aren’t all that insane.
Tweetdeck Releases a New iPhone App: Well, at least they aren’t getting distracted by a reported bidding war between Uber Media and Twitter. The U.K.-based company, which caters to Twitter power users, launched an overhauled iOS app today. The app has retina screen-quality graphics and has simple touches like allowing you to see a full threaded conversation instead individual tweets.