— Android OEM’s — The battle for survival

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Now that Android has successfully seen the fall of BlackBerry and launched the offensive against Apple, the only other war that seems imminent is ‘civil’ in nature. A number of manufacturers are vying for the coveted premier position the Best Android OEM and so far Samsung have been seen taking the early lead.

In the next few years we could see the rise and fall of a number of OEMs. PocketDroid analyses whats next for Android OEMs: 

Samsung

Lets start with the best (Biased opinion, I know!). Samsung have greatly impressed both critics and consumers with their innovative Android lineup over the years with the Galaxy series prevailing over in every aspect be it design, specs or Android upgrade-ability.

The success of the Samsung Mobile has largely been dependent on its Galaxy Tab and Galaxy mobile series with Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S both selling around 20 million and 50 million devices globally. The Galaxy Note has in no way been poorly received with 5 million units and counting already sold by March. Samsung first entered the Android frame with the Galaxy S series and since then have grown into a world-dominant OEM.  The Galaxy Nexus also ended with pretty big numbers.

With the Samsung Galaxy S3 waiting in the wings and the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Tab 2 in the tablet department, it is very unlikely that Samsung will lose their title of the Best Android OEM this year.

Verdict: Has a long healthy future in the Android market. Although might face tough competition from HTC this year. Motorola will also provide stiff competition.

HTC

“Quietly brilliant” has been their motto for quite some time now but all of last year they were only ‘Quiet’ and not ‘Brilliant’. However this year will almost certainly hold something different for them with the launch of the awesome-looking HTC One series.

Pre-orders have helped dry up some of the sweat off the HTC executives who had to report a massive loss last quarter and could not afford to do the same this quarter. HTC One series has definitely lead to a positive reaction from consumers with many praising HTC for their brilliant design and wondrous specification that the One X features.

With the much awaited HTC EVO 4G LTE set to launch in the US. HTC will get by this year by balancing its books and making up ground lost by the losses incurred last quarter.

Verdict: Need to build upon this years momentum to have any chance of denting Samsung’s dominance over the Android market. Will have to work on its tablet market and launch atleast one ultra-high end smartphone to tackle the Samsung Galaxy S3 as the HTC One X simply won’t do.

Motorola