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Android has come a long way. Just two years ago, Android phones accounted for only 2.8% of the world smartphones shipments, but as at Q4, 2010 Android phones accounted for 33% of smart phones, overtaking Nokia's Symbian to become the number one smart phone platform. This 2011, manufacturers have also announced some great Android phones that will likely keep Android on top for some time to come. Here we will provide brief overviews of some Android phones to watch out for this 2011. Some of them will possibly make it to the Nigerian market, especially the lower cost models.
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Android phones may be doing well globally, but the Nigerian market is another kettle of fish. Most Android phones are currently priced so high that most Nigerians and indeed Africans cannot afford them, making price-friendly platforms like Symbian and even BlackBerry more popular. However, this might change soon with the release of four new lower cost Android phones by Samsung. Although still expensive by Nigerian standard but with a possible starting price of around N42,000, these new Android based Samsung phones will open up the Android platform to a lot more people in Nigeria and the emerging market.
This 2011, a lot of exciting high-end Android phones will be hitting the market. They all promise super-fast performance with 1GHz dual-core processors and 1GB or 512MB RAM. Some high-end Android phones will come with 1GHz processor. Most of the phones will be launched with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but quite a few will feature Android 2.2 (Froyo) at launch with possibility of upgrade to Android 2.3 and future Android releases. Some of these new Android phones will come with massive 4.3-touchscreens. The new lower cost Android phones from Samsung will run Android 2.2 at launch with 800MHz processor or less.
Here are some Android smartphones for 2011
Samsung Galaxy S 2
Samsung Galaxy S 2 I9100 is a follow-up of the hugely popular Galaxy S I9000 phone. It is a powerful, ultra-slim, and light-weight high-end Android phone. Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II with Gingerbread (Android 2.3), 1GHz dual-core processor will bring super fast performance on the Galaxy S 2. Samsung Galaxy S 2 features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus Touchscreen, which can brilliantly display 1080p HD quality video. The Camera on the Galaxy S 2 is also awesome, an 8 megapixel camera capable of recording full 1080p HD video. Samsung Galaxy S 2 is likely to be one of the top Android phones for 2011. Its other features include GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSDPA, HSPA+ for super-fast internet up to 23Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and DLNA support, NFC, 16GB or 32GB storage capacity, MHL (HDMI on USB), etc. It will be available from March.
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Motorola Atrix 4G
Motorola Atrix 4G is one impressive Android phone announced by Motorola at CES 2011. It promises super-fast performance with a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 1GB RAM. However, it will not ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) at launch, instead it will feature the older Android 2.2 (Froyo), but its hardware will have no problem running current and future Android releases. It features a 4.0-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen and a 5MP camera. Motorola Atrix 4G can be transformed into web-based PC with an accessory that gives it an 11.6-inch display. Other features of this cool Android phone include GPS navigation with Google Maps, Bluetooth 2.1, GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, up to 32GB memory card, high speed HSDPA internet with HSDPA+ for super-fast internet up to 23Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, etc.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the first PlayStation certified Smart Phone. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play brings together the best of the Android OS and the PlayStation Portable (PSP) on a smart phone. It features Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Slide-out controls for gaming, 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor, 4.0-inch touchscreen, 5.1MP camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, CDMA or GSM with 3G. It will be available from March/April.
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Motorola Droid Bionic
Motorola Droid Bionic was another Android smart phone announced by Motorola at CES 2011. Aside having a powerful 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB RAM, the Droid Bionic also has one of the largest displays for an Android phone, a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen. Another compelling feature of Droid Bionic is 4G LTE with its promise of super fast internet for super fast browsing and video streaming. Like the Motorola Atrix 4G, Droid Bionic will not ship with Android 2.3 at launch, instead it will feature the older Android 2.2 (Froyo), but likewise its hardware will have no problem running current and future Android releases. Other features include 8 megapixel camera with HD capability, GPS navigation with Google Maps, CDMA/EVDO Rev.A, up to 32GB memory card, biometric fingerprint scanner, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, etc.
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Google Nexus S
Google Nexus S is Google's second branded phones, offering a pure Google Android experience. It was the first Android phone to feature Android 2.3. Google Nexus S, although branded Google is built by Samsung and was designed set the pace for the next generation of Android based mobile phones. Features of Nexus S include 5 megapixels camera, Internet calls (SIP/VOIP), NFC support, high speed internet (3G/HSDPA), video calling, 16GB internal memory.
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LG Optimus 3D
LG Optimus 3D is the world's first 3D smart phone. It records 3D video using its dual 5MP camera. It is one of the Android phones equipped with a massive display. You can watch 3D video directly on the 4.3-inch display of the Android phone without glasses or you can connect to your TV via HDMI. Optimus 3D will feature Android 2.2 at launch, but be upgradable to current and future Android releases. It also features HSDPA, up to 32 GB microSD card, 3D UI, 512MB RAM.
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ZTE Skate is ZTE's top Android phone. Although ZTE is better known for low cost phones, but the success of its mid-range Android smart phones namely ZTE Blade and ZTE Racer has positioned it for success in the Android space. ZTE Skate offers a massive 4.3-inch touchscreen and features Android 2.3 at a more affordable price. Other features include 5MP camera, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, up to 32 GB microSD card, 800MHz Processor.
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So, here are some Android phones to watch-out for this 2011. More Android phones are likely to join them. A few of these Android phones will also make it to Nigeria. With a number of budget Android phones available or in the pipeline, 2011 might just be the year that Android begins to make impact in Nigeria and the rest of the emerging market. However, for Android to become mainstream in Nigeria smart phone market, Android phones priced less than or around 200 USD (N30,000) without compromising on the much talked about Android user experience is essential. You can download apps for your Android phones at the Android market, however only free apps are available for users in Nigeria. Android also allows you to download apps from other sources outside the Android market.
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