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Yesterday, I wrote about how Android seems to be taking over the smartphone market nowadays. Now the stats are out that back up this claim! During the last three months of 2010, the number of smartphones that run Android has passed the number of iPhones.

Out of the 61.5 million smartphone users 13 years and older, 26% used Android powered phones. The iPhone comes in in third place with 25% of the market, and surprisingly, RIM’s Blackberry leads the market with 33.5%!

Microsoft is in fourth with a mere 9% of the market.

The overtake of Apple by Android was inevitable. The number of Android powered phones is always growing, with companies like Samsung, Sony, and LG using it.

Google Android Surpasses Apple iPhone Market Share — InformationWeek.

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End Of CES 2011

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. So, today was the end of CES 2011. We saw so many great new technological advances from tablets to photo frames. Here is a look at the most memorable gadgets unveiled at this year’s CES.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc: This was unveiled relatively early in this year’s CES, but has not left my mind yet. It is a sleek-looking smartphone that will run on Android’s Gingerbread. One of the best features is that Sony packed some great digital camera features into this smartphone. For example, there is the Exmor R sensor that allows people to take photos and video in low-light. To read more about this phone, click on the link above.

Motorola Xoom: My favorite tablet. It looks great, feels great, and in one word, it is GREAT.  This is the first tablet to run Android’s Honeycomb OS. The home screen is a wonder. The first time I saw it, I knew that I was going to love this tablet. From the row of favorite apps at the bottom to the futuristic clock sitting smack-dab in the center, I loved everything about it. Read more about this tablet worthy of the iPad by clicking on the above link.

HTC Thunderbolt: Verizon’s first 4G phone. This phone is sleek and beautiful with silver accents and a bit of gunmetal. To back up its looks, it has the hardware. It has the latest 1GHz Snapdragon processor and is capable of loading apps at lightning speed. To add to its fanciness, it has Dolby Surround Sound and the ability to make Skype calls from the phone. Read more about Verizon’s first 4G phone by clicking on the link.

Motorola Atrix 4G: This revolutionary (I use this word every time) phone doubles as a netbook. Even without taking into consideration the netbook shell, it has great hardware. It has a dual-core Tegra 2 processor which allows the user to load applications blazing fast. Now let’s get to why it’s “revolutionary.” It comes with a special netbook shell that the phone can be plugged into. This allows the user to access all of the Android’s apps and data, but in a desktop environment. This is truly revolutionary because of those who have done this before, this is the only one to have made it work. The netbook seems to run on some kind of Linux distribution, and can load some desktop applications, such as Firefox, in addition to the phone’s apps. This is one of my favorite products revealed at this year’s CES, and I hope I can be one of the first owners of this Android powered smartphone.

Ford Electric Focus: Ford unveiled its first of five electric vehicles that it hopes to produce in North America and Europe by 2013. This car runs only on battery, with no gas engine to back it up. It charges fully in 3 to 4 hours and can get 80 to 100 miles per charge. The maximum speed it can reach is 84 mph, which should not be too low for anyone. In addition to being electric, it comes with the usual Ford package.

There you have it, my summary of the best technology revealed at CES 2011. Hope you enjoyed it and please comment if you have any others to add!

 

Have you noticed that recently, most smartphones that are coming out run Android? Heres a few: HTC Droid Incredible, HTC Evo 4G, and the Motorola Droid X and Droid 2, just to name a few. There are even more phones that are being unveiled at CES 2011 that will run Android: HTC Thunderbolt, LG Optimus 2X, Sony Xperia Arc, etc…Clearly, Android dominates a massive portion of the smartphone market.

 

 

So what makes Android so good? Well it’s part of Google, which has some of the best products yet. With the minds they have there, and the casual workspace they have, it is a perfect recipe for great products. They are the number 1 used search engine; they are one of the most widely used email providers, and now they are the most widely used cell phone OS.

Android provides great security with a wide amount of encryption tools. Also, because it is a branch of Google, it comes with the full suite of Google Apps, popular ones being Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calender. It is also an extremely flexible OS, making it capable of being put into a variety of phones. The interface is very sleek and modern looking, and that is exactly what cell phone companies and consumers alike are looking for nowadays.

I hope this gave you a better insight into why Android in the past year has come to dominate the smartphone market, and soon, it will also dominate the tablet market.

Samsung is coming out with a Wifi version of its popular Samsung Galaxy Tab. They have said that it will be available for purchase some time in the first quarter of 2011.

It appears that other than the lack of 3G in this new model, the specs are unchanged. It still has a 7-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024×600. It has 16GB of storage, a microSD slot supporting up to 32GB in expansion, a rear-facing 3MP camera and a front-facing 1.3MP camera which allows for users to video chat. The tablet was recently upgraded to Android 2.2 and supports Flash Player 10.1.

Samsung has not revealed a price for the Wifi tablet, but on Best Buy, it is posted as $499.99.

Wi-Fi Samsung Galaxy Tab Model Coming Soon.

At this year’s CES, it seems like countless new smartphones were unveiled. Motorola, LG, Samsung, etc…and everything is now 4G, making the old 3G seem obsolete. Google’s Android has revolutionized smartphone interfaces, and now all the carriers are following in Sprint’s footsteps and supporting 4G. With so many new phones to choose from, it’s going to be hard to decide on a phone.

The HTC Thunderbolt is a really great-looking new smartphone that is going to Verizon. It will be the first 4G phone that Verizon carries. It has all the specs to compete at the top level of smartphones, including the ability to Skype video chat thanks to a front-facing camera and a generous 4.3-inch screen. It looks and feels great, and it has the features to back it up.

No one can forget the Motorola Atrix 4G, the first successful attempt to allow docking of a phone into a netbook shell to allow a desktop environment. This revolutionary idea lets the user plug the smartphone into a special netbook shell, and the user can access all of the phone’s data and applications right from the netbook. I say first “successful” attempt because other companies have tried but has not even come remotely close to this. The netbook runs the desktop version of many applications, including Firefox, and has a handy window that can be opened to access the Android interface as well. Even without taking the netbook shell into consideration, the Motorla Atrix 4G is an amazing phone. It’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor loads apps at lighting speed, and the 4-inch display ensures you don’t miss anything important.

The LG Optimus 2X is really fast. It also hosts a dual-core Tegra 2 processor with a 4-inch display. It’s light at a mere 4.9 ounces and measure 4.95 inches long, 2.5 inches wide, and less than half an inch thick. It will ship with Android 2.2, with a possibility of an upgrade to 3.o. It will first be available in Europe and Asia, and eventually make its way to the States. The clear difference between this phone and the Atrix is that the Atrix docks into a netbook shell, providing a desktop interface.

These are just three of the multitude of new smartphones that have been revealed at CES 2011. I hope this guide helped you a little with your decision and best of luck!

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