It has been a big year for Android smartphones. In fact, it seemed like we couldn’t get past a week without a new mobile device being launched. Specifically an Android one. Every carrier did its damnedest to outshine the other – from AT&T, to T-Mobile, to Verizon and others in the Android smartphone race. Be it Eclair (Android 2.1), Froyo (Android 2.2), Gingerbread (Android 2.3), and now Ice Cream Sandwich, 2011 was the year of the Android smartphone. So let’s take a walk down Android memory lane, shall we…
We did a little digging around and discovered that in total there were nearly 100 different handsets launched this year in the U.S. alone, that ran the Android OS. More specifically, we have counted 93 Android handset releases by U.S. carriers in 2011. Let’s also not forget the several dozen Android tablets too, but for this story, we’re just focusing on the mobile handsets.
So which carrier managed to carry the most Android handsets in the U.S. during 2011? AT&T launched the most Android phones of any U.S. carrier in 2011 with a total of 21, with Verizon coming in at second place with 17 Android phones. Meanwhile, MetroPCS made it to the no. 1 spot for the prepaid carrier offering the most Android smartphones in 2011.
When it comes to manufacturers, Samsung rolled out the most Android Smartphones in the U.S.A, with HTC coming in at a close second.
And there was no question about it, 2011 was also the year of 4G. There were a total of 46 4G Android phones released, with 9 of them packing in support for 4G LTE, the next generation of highspeed data. 3G handsets still thrived in 2011, with a total of 47 3G Android handsets released. AT&T takes another top place by being the carrier to offer the most 4G Android handsets. The wireless giant offered 15 4G Android phones this year, 3 of which came touting 4G LTE support.
Remember the Motorola Atrix 4G? Or how about the HTC EVO Shift 3D? They seemed so exciting and cutting edge at the time of their release. But who can remember them anymore, when the newest and hottest Android phones of the moment are the HTC Rezound, Galaxy Nexus, Droid RAZR, LG Nitro HD, and the Samsung Galaxy S II SkyRocket. But like the EVO and Atrix, those too shall become a distant memory as new announcements of even more smartphones sporting Ice Cream Sandwich and 4G LTE speeds are revealed in January during CES, and then come February at MWC 2012. The Kyocera Echo from Sprint is already headed to the smartphone graveyard.
Disclaimer: For most of the data used in this story, we worked with the carriers directly to obtain a list of all of their smartphone releases for 2011. That said, we can hardly claim to be a research company, so we can not verify that all of the data in this story is 100% accurate. Also, the data collected here does not include imported and / or unlocked phones from carriers outside of the U.S.A. We also did not count different color versions of the same handset.