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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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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.

Motorola unveiled this phone at this year’s CES. It has very impressive hardware and a great feature set to back it up, but the best part about this smartphone by far, is its ability to be used as a desktop when plugged into a special netbook shell.

The netbook shell weighs 2.4 pounds and has an 11.6-inch screen. It doesn’t have any internal storage of its own because it completely boots from the Atrix 4G smartphone. When plugged into the shell, the smartphone also has the ability to charge via an HDMI plug and a micro-USB plug.

The idea behind this revolutionary step in smartphones, is to put the phone at the center of the user’s computing experience. All the data and applications that are stored on the phone are instantly transferred when the user plugs the phone into the shell. So you can run your smartphone using a desktop-like format if you feel like the screen is too small or for whatever other reason.

When tested, the netbook shell runs surprisingly fast off of the Atrix. The desktop environment seems to be some sort of Linux distribution.

The Android experience can also be accessed on the shell via a window in webtop mode. This way, you can run you Android applications alongside the desktop applications that come with the netbook shell.

Overall reviews of the netbook is pretty darn good. Some demoers complain a little about the slight indentation in each key, but that just takes adjusting to.

Some specs:

  • Dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB of ram
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Fingerprint reader for security
  • 4-inch display with 960×540 resolution
  • Android 2.2 (no news about an upgrade to Honeycomb)

Hands-on: Motorola’s Atrix Android phone leads secret double life as a netbook

 

Last month, Acer released three Android tablets, one of which was a 4.8-inch smartphone and tablet hybrid. As Acer puts it, “[it’s] 100 percent phone, 100 percent tablet.”

Acer has confirmed that this “phoneblet” will be coming to the US in April. It will run on either Froyo or Honeycomb. They are in the middle of discussing carrier partnerships, but it will most likely be carried by AT&T or T-Mobile. However, an Acer spokesperson hinted slightly that it might also be available from Verizon.

Unfortunately, the demoers at CES could not turn the phone on, so therefore could not see how fast it is and how good the screen resolution is. It seems that to find out, we will have to wait another few months until it arrives in the US.

Acer’s 4.8-inch phoneblet will head to a US carrier this year — Engadget.

 

The newly revealed LG Optimus is crazy fast. With a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, it allows you to fly through pages and applications in the blink of an eye. LG also claims that it is very good for video games because of its fast speed. It has a 4-inch display and a resolution of 480×800. The phone is pretty light at 4.9 ounces and it is 4.95 inches long, 2.5 inches wide and less than half an inch thick.

It will ship with Android 2.2, but most likely will be able to be upgraded to Android 3.0. It is a global phone, meaning that it will probably first be seen in Asia and Europe, and possibly come to the United States. Even if it does arrive in America, some people worry that it won’t have a carrier.

I sure hope that this speedy phone will arrive in America sometime in 2011 and will be one of the first to buy it.

CES: LG Optimus 2X feels twice as fast – CES 2011 CNET Blogs.

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