4G access enabled on over a third of Android handsets in the US

• 02/10/2011

The use of 4G services in the US is quickly becoming an key factor for handset manufacturers as a recent study by an analytics company recently found with results showing that one in every three Android-based handsets were set up for 4G use.

To qualify as a 4G enabled phone in the study the handset had to use either WiMAX, LTE (Long-Term Evolution) or HSPA+ (High-Speed Packet Access) according to the Boston based analytics company Localytics.

The study found that in the first quarter of 2011 a total of 22.6 percent of Android phones fell into the 4G Ready category but by the third quarter of the year this figure jumped up to 36.6 percent.

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A senior member of Localytics advised “What’s more, this number is increasing rapidly — since the beginning of the year, the percentage of Android devices that are 4G-capable has grown by over 50 percent, culminating at a full third of the Android ecosystem.”

The adoption of super-fast mobile data access on Android phones has recently been highly aggressive and has been driven forward particularly hard by devices like the HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon, the HTC Evo 4G from sprint and the Droid Charge and Epic 4G phones from Samsung.

The important of adding 4G compatibility to Android handsets is unlikely to have been lost on rival like Blackberry or iPhone and it won’t come as a surprise to anyone if the companies just onto the 4G bandwagon in the coming months


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