Android rules the smartphone market

More smartphone users are competing for the Google Android operating system in the three months ending in April than Apple iOS and other systems, according to the latest data from comScore.

The market researcher reported 107 million Americans now own smartphones, up 6 percent from three-month period ending in January.

Android commanded 50.8 percent of the market of U.S. smartphone operating system, up 2.2 percent, according to CNET report comScore study. The No. 2 smartphone operating system, Apple iOS, came in at 31.4 percent of the market, up 1.9 percent.

Both Android and Blackberry gained iOS maker Research in Motion continues to struggle. RIM remained at No. 3 in the operating system market share but took a big hit because of its problems, falling 11.6 percent of the market from 15.2 percent.

RIM tasked JPMorgan Chase and Royal Bank of Canada to come up with solutions to help turn the company around and speculation includes a possible sale. More companies and government agencies provide their personnel the option of dropping their once-cherished BlackBerrys for smartphones running Android or iOS systems.

Despite the popularity of its latest upgrade, the iPhone 4S, Apple is the third most popular handset manufacturers with 14.4 percent of the market, vs. Samsung No. 1 spot with 25.9 percent of the handset market. Apple, however, overshadowed by Samsung with 1.6 percent achieved in market share, compared with Samsung’s gain of a measly half percentage point, according to comScore data. Rounding out the Top 5 providers of smartphone handsets is LG (No. 2), Motorola (No. 4) and HTC (No. 5).

One HTC Galaxy X vs. Samsung S3

Samsung’s new Galaxy smartphones came to match Apple's iPhone. One HTC X is one of the brightest shining star in the Mobile World Congress earlier this year. When two such powerful phones released in almost the coincident dates, which part will the market gravitate? Let us compare the two giants to know.

Samsung is marketing Galaxy S3 designs inspired by nature and have soft edges and a polished finish. It is also larger than the HTC one X by 1-2mm. Speaking of HTC One X, the phone is designed by designers with a polycarbonate body and a matt finish. In terms of looks, the HTC wins.

Both phones have the same display resolution of HD-720 pixel screen and almost identical size of 4.7 inches for the One X and 4.8 inches for S3. The display of both devices is the best on the market today. Daylight users will find the One X IP LCD easier to use, while users will love the internal AMOLED display S3.

Galaxy S3 has a 2100 mAh battery as HTC runs with a 1800 mAh unit. HTC has an additional power core, in addition to its quad-core structure, processing the lighter items, leaving the quad-core unused for higher processing demands. However, note that the actual battery life depends heavily on the individual user usage patterns.

You probably would expect HTC which has previously been the creator of the best user interfaces to be the winner here, the truth is, S3 comes so close. S3 runs on Android Ice cream Sandwich 4.0, features a Siri clone (the S Voice) and eye controls to manage screen settings. One X still remains true to HTC’s commitment to smart user interfaces. It seems HTC One X and Samsung galaxy S3 are both winners with only a few differences.

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