It’s hard to believe that Android, a mobile operating system purchased by Google back in 2005, achieved a quarter of the worldwide OS market at the end of 2010. The past year has been immensely successful for the Android platform, and 2011 is looking even better for Android enthusiasts all around the globe. New, high-end, incredibly fast smartphones, with lots of cool and useful applications, as well as a Honeycomb built solely for tablets, will make 2011 the year of Android. Android will aspire to, and likely blow the competition out of the water,. We believe it’s very likely to succeed in this respect.  Read on to find out more.

First off, Android has received significant help from some very established technology players like Motorola, LG, Samsung, and HTC. All of these companies are in the process of releasing their latest and greatest, and 2011 is shaping up to be the best year ever for Android lovers yet. The new LG Optimus 2X Android smartphone features a crisp and responsive screen, with an excellent viewing angle, and boasts Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual core processor. Dual Core CPU’s really do set these phones apart – and you will see us refer to them, as well as others, as Superphones from now on. Honeycomb’s architecture takes advantage of the immense power they possess, so it’s likely their performance will only improve with each available update of Android that is released. Like other Superphones, the Optimus 2X benefits from a nice 4 inch screen with a resolution of 800×400. Other cool specs include a rear facing 8 megapixel camera, which supports 1080p. The 2X also has an HDMI port, and a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera for convenient video chatting on the go.

Google Android OS

This year will see the introduction of a whole bevvy of 4G/LTE capable Android smartphones. Verizon, AT&T, and T Mobile have all, or are in the process of, introducing their 4G LTE networks. To make matters more enticing, 4G LTE networks are up to 4 times faster than archaic 3G counterparts. Higher bandwidth connections, increased maximum download speeds of 7 mbps or more, as well as better response time and greater coverage will result in even greater adoption of Android phones. HTC released the “world’s first” 4G Android phone, dubbed the HTC ThunderBolt , while Motorola did the same with its Motorola Droid Bionic. There are many other companies hopping on the 4G bandwagon, including Sprint with the HTC Evo Shift QWERTY smartphone.

Acer is really vying to become a competitive player in the world of Android Smartphones, and their recent offerings reflect that. The arrival of Acer’s 4.8 inch smartphone, with its huge, high resolution screen, is likely to foster further competition between the major players. Similar in size to the Dell Streak 5, it incorporates the advantages of both smartphones and tablets, at a size, that is, well, quite substantial to say the least. It too boasts a 1 GHz processor, an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, Bluetooth 3.0 and HDMI output. Indeed, this phone looks to have a bright future.

Motorola Droid Bionic-4G Android Smartphone

Android 2.3 GingerBread brings with it significant enhancements and new features and improvements that will delight users of the Android platform. Support for additional video codecs like WebM and VP8 open video compression will translate to a more seamless experience. Also, new and improved copy and paste functionality will make life easier. The interface has been refined in numerous ways which we covered here. The updated user interface makes it easier than ever to flow through menus and use of all available Android goodness. VOIP/SIP calling and Near Field Communication (NFC) will enable the exchange of data between devices and, in the near future, the ability to use the phone as mobile payment/digital wallet. Video chatting is also slated to take off in a big way thanks to upgrades within Android itself. Longer battery life is also promised, which is always a welcome addition.  As with the Nexus before it, The first smartphone to receive the latest iteration of Android is the Google Nexus S.

Google Nexus S – The First to Receive Android 2.3 GingerBread

In the tablet world, things are really heating up. Really though, despite all the rampant speculation on the ‘net right now, the only one worth discussing is the Motorola XOOM Tablet. This particularly delightful tablet boasts a 10 inch display and employs Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual core processor running at 1.GHz. It’s capable of 1080p HD video and features a high resolution screen with a resolution of 1280×800. As is the standard going forward, this new tablet is equipped with two cameras being a 2megapixel camera front facing, and rear 5 megapixel.

Android is the Number One Mobile Operating System

The Android Development team is incredibly talented. We have no doubt that they will continue to impress, delight and wow users worldwide. More importantly, they will continue to raise the bar for competing mobile OS’ like Apple’s iOS. Android’s ascension to the top spot in 2010 was stunning, with over 600% year over year growth. Once a virtually unknown mobile OS, it has taken the world by storm, appealing to QWERTY lovers, huge screen fanatics, Tablet fans, and Dual Core Techno-aficionados. It is on it ways to becoming the most popular mobile operating system in the world. Like we said before – 2011 belongs to Android!

Darcy LaCouvee

Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.