10 Android Smartphone Features That Handset Buyers Can’t Live Without

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-12-06 Print this article Print
A 4.3-inch Screen, At Least

A 4.3-inch Screen, At Least

Now that the iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen, Android customers are looking for something a bit bigger. In fact, most want a device that has a display that’s larger than 4.3 inches. The Samsung Galaxy S III, for example, has a 4.8-inch display. That device also happens to be the most popular Android smartphone on the market.


Android smartphone shipments are soaring. According to the latest data, during the third quarter, more than 130 million Android smartphones shipped worldwide, giving the operating system a 75 percent share of the space. Although Apple’s iPhone might have popularized the touch-screen smartphone market, Android has found a way to dominate the space. In the next few years, Android is expected to cement its leadership position and ensure no other platform, including iOS or BlackBerry OS, can ever come close. Buying an Android smartphone, therefore, is becoming increasingly commonplace. Now, when customers head to their local carrier store, they’re asking representatives about the Android-based handsets that are available. When they do so, they frequently ask about a host of features and issues they’ve heard about to make sure the respective device is right for them. Judging by the total third-quarter shipments, quite a few customers found that an Android-based smartphone hit all the right spots for them. But how did that happen? What are those Android smartphone customers looking for in their products? This eWEEK slide show will examine some of the questions.


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