We’ve just been given the Android version distribution report for April and there doesn’t appear to be any major changes in the existing trends. Froyo keeps gaining market share, but this time its growth rate is almost matched by Gingerbread. Honeycomb has gained some ground too, but it’s still by far the rarest distribution in existence.

Froyo still remains the biggest gainer, adding 2% to its already huge market share. And while the growth rate of Android 2.2 has been reduced nearly twice compared to March, when it gained about 4%, with a total of 65.9% it will remain the most popular version for at least another year.

The smartphone distribution that came to replace Froyo, Gingerbread is starting to pick up the pace and has even managed to surpass the market shares of the (long outdated) 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut versions. Gingerbread 2.3 and 2.3.3 have registered a total increase by 1.5% to 4%. For comparison, Gingerbread only gained about 1% in March.


Version
Market Share,
17 March
Market Share, 1 April
Change
1.5 Cupcake
2.7%
2.3%
-0.4%
1.6 Donut
3.5%
3.0%
-0.5%
2.1 Eclair
27.2%
24.5%
-2.7%
2.2 Froyo
63.9%
65.9%
2.0%
2.3 Gingerbread
0.8%
1.0%
0.2%
2.3.3 Gingerbread
1.7%
3.0%
1.3%
3.0 Honeycomb
0.2%
0.3%
0.1%

The tablet-friendly Honeycomb is the only other Android distribution to register a positive change in April even if by just a tenth of a percent.

The pre-2.2 Android versions are now in full-blown retreat. 2.1 Eclair slipped 2.7% to 24.5%, 1.6 Donut lost half a percent to a total of 3%, while 1.5 Cupcake went down by 0.4% to 2.3%.
With the Google I/O event, expected to bring the new Android 3.1 version just around the corner it would be hard to make any long-term predictions. Yet until its effects are felt we are expecting the evolutionary steps to continue at about the same rate.

So May and June will certainly see another major increase in Gingerbread droids, while Froyo will hardly add much more to its market share. The growth will come at the expense of the oldest three distributions. Honeycomb is bound to stay on the sideline at least until the two ultra-slim Galaxy Tab slates come up.

Introduction

Having earned its place in the Android hall of fame, the original Galaxy S can start thinking about retirement. And these won’t be thoughts of fear and worry. With a replacement on its way, the veteran can look forward to getting the respects it deserves.



Samsung Galaxy S II official photos
And what a replacement it is. Samsung’s Galaxy lineup is home of some of the world’s finest droids. But the I9100 Galaxy S II is special. The forerunner was in contention for the Best Droid title and more than once got a hand on it. But it was only a matter of time for the competition to eventually catch up and even get ahead. The Galaxy S II aims to put Samsung back in the lead.

Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II at a glance:

  • General: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
  • Form factor: Touchscreen bar phone
  • Dimensions: 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm, 116 g
  • Display: 4.3" 16M-color WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, Gorilla Glass,
  • CPU: Dual-core ARM Cortex A9 1.2 GHz processor, Orion chipset
  • GPU: Mali-400MP
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Memory: 16/32GB storage, microSD card slot
  • Camera: 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with face detection, touch focus and image
  • stabilization; Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps, LED flash, front facing camera, video-calls
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, standard microUSB port,
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, TV-out, USB-on-the-go
  • Misc: TouchWiz 4.0 UI, DivX/XviD codec support, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor, Swype text input
The success of the original Galaxy S was based on four key features: the big Super AMOLED screen, the processing power, the 720p video recording and the ever evolving Android. The Galaxy S II is not just a cursory update – it upgrades all the key ingredients of its predecessor. The Super AMOLED Plus looks better and is more power efficient. The powerful dual-core processor and faster graphics make the Galaxy S II a silky smooth performer in web browsing and media.
On top of that, Samsung has really listened to the users. They’ve added a LED flash to the camera – and 8 MP sounds like they finally mean business. Not to mention the full HD videos were quite impressive. There is even more – the Galaxy S II has ditched the glossy battery cover in favor of a textured surface that makes the phone appear both more mature and durable.
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Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
The Galaxy S II is slightly bigger than its predecessor, but thinner and lighter. It’s a monster of a smartphone with a killer screen and premium imaging. You can bet the Gingerbread ticking inside feels right at home. And though this isn’t the first time we’re about to see it in action, we’d gladly spend more quality time with it.


Samsung has just published some numbers reflecting the interest its latest Galaxy S II flagship is enjoying at the start of its sales and things are looking pretty good. The 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus-packing smartphone took over 200,000 pre-orders in the manufacturer’s homeland, beating the achievement of the iPhone 4 nearly twice (the Apple smartphone got about 110,000 pre-orders when in launched in Korea last August).
The dual-core Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II recorded 10,000 pre-orders in the first 29 minutes after it appeared on the Korean telecom websites and doubled that number over the next 64 minutes. As is to be expected the country’s largest carrier, SK Telecom, had the largest chunk of pre-orders – over 160,000.


With that kind of interest we can’t help but wonder if Samsung wasn’t too conservative in its estimates for Galaxy S II sales. The company targets 10 million units for 2011, which should equal the results of the Galaxy S II predecessor, the I9000 Galaxy S, in its debut year. Yet the original Galaxy S was released a month later (in June) and didn’t get nearly the same amount of pre-orders (or overall interest for that matter).


And we’ve got some exciting news for those of you waiting for the Galaxy S II to hit their local stores. According to the popular Korean website Danawa.com the handset retails for 455,000 Korean wons sim-free, which equals €290 or $425.


Of course, the smartphone will be pricier in Europe due to the higher taxes and import fees, but once retailers are done milking the eager early adopters, it should settle to levels lower than those of just about every competitor the Galaxy S might face.
Samsung Galaxy S IIThe Samsung Galaxy S II was just unleashed upon the world this week, and we’re already hearing news about the phone’s successor. According to Eldar Murtazin, the dude who seems to have the latest scoop on everything mobile (he was the one who leaked news about Nokia and Microsoft teaming up), we can expect the next generation Samsung Galaxy S to arrive at the end of this year.