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Google apps helping rival Apple prosper

NEW YORK — For many people, smartphone shopping comes down to a choice of ­Apple’s iPhone or one powered by Google’s Android software. But now consumers can get an iPhone and fill it with Google.

Google has become one of the most prolific and popular developers of apps for the ­iPhone, in effect helping its competitor make more appealing products — even as ­relations between the ­companies have deteriorated.

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