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Android has quickly become a force to be reckoned with. It currently stands as the most popular smartphone OS worldwide and is on the right path to keep growing as users move away from feature phones in the years to come. But Android did not exist as we know it a short few years ago.
The infographic below gives some perspective on the evolution of Android since Google acquired it in 2005 to this day. While highlighting some of Android's most impressive milestones, the graph certainly misses on the challenges ahead: fully becoming a tablet contender and fixing Android version upgrades for a majority of users (it's estimated that over half of all Android users still run Gingerbread or lower).
And yet, with over 250 million devices activated this year alone, who is complaining...
The Galaxy S III display is a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen featuring 720p (720 x 1280 pixel) resolution and a 306ppi pixel density. Is the Galaxy S III a worthy successor to the venerable Galaxy S II and does it help keep Samsung ahead of its rivals? In a word, yes.
The Google Nexus 7 has the distinction of being the first device to run the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system. It measures 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm in size, weighs 340g, and features a 7-inch IPS display that is protected by scratch-resistant glass. The Nexus sports a 1280 x 800 pixel display. It runs a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM, it also comes in 2 versions: 8GB and 16GB capacities.
The Google Nexus 4 features a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, dual cameras (1.3MP front, 8.0MP back), and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Google also baked in NFC support and a wireless charging feature that lets you power the phone by setting it down on an inductive “Charging Orb”.
The HTC Droid DNA features a 5" SLCD3 screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution(440 PPI). The DNA runs on a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with integrated LTE connectivity and paired with 2GB of RAM. It packs an 8 MP camera. 16GB of built-in storage, Beats Audio, and NFC. The DNA is also among the first phone to support the Qi wireless charging standard.
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