Android This Week: Closing in on Apple; Best Mobile Web; EVO Gets Froyo


Numbers released this week show that the rush to Android (s goog) is expected to continue, with adoption expected to pass iOS (s aapl) by 2012. Android is predicted to power 75 million phones by then, claiming nearly 20 percent of the market share. This prediction is not a pipe dream, as Android is currently seeing 200,000 activations daily, which means 18 million new phones a quarter. This forecast only accounts for smartphones, and ignores that Android is poised to start appearing on tablets produced by some of the major players in mobile computing. The future is looking rosy for Android.

The web browser included with Android is quite good, but even good apps can be improved upon. One such app is the Dolphin Browser HD, a WebKit-based browser (like the stock browser) that adds significant features which yield a superb user experience. We shot a video review of Dolphin this week, that demonstrates the three improved interface features that combine to build a great mobile browser. Check out the video and see if you agree that the Dolphin Browser HD may be the best mobile browser on any platform.

The HTC EVO 4G phone on the Sprint (s s) network is one of the top Android phones currently available. It’s the first phone in the U.S. to operate over the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) network. Sprint was expected to upgrade the EVO from Android 2.1 to 2.2 (Froyo) in the near future, but owners were surprised to see handset maker HTC post an update to its support web site this week. The update was removed by HTC after just a few hours, but many EVO owners were able to apply it to their phones. The official update was released over-the-air by Sprint a day after the leaked version. Froyo adds new features and performance benefits over the previous version.

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Mr. James,

Your blogs are always about fact and best products winning.
Enjoy your blogs and are very informative.



Doesn’t Android have 33% vs 22% iphone market share?
NPD and Comscore reported those numbers in USA.

That would mean Android has passed iphone fair and clear.

EVO 4G and now EPIC 4G are should be titled ‘SUPER SMARTPHONE’. No other phone deserve this title. iphone has FAKE ‘4’ attached at the end of name for marketting gimick. iphone is not capable and doesn’t run on 4G network. EVO 4G & EPIC 4G can and does run on newest, faster cell network the 4G network.


I use the non-HD version of Dolphin (until the Android update comes out for my Dell Streak), but even that provides an extremely good browsing experience.

So much so, that the Streak has taken over a lot of functionality that I previously had to rely on my laptop for.

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