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He was quite successful with Android Beam—another crowd-pleaser. By putting two Android phones back-to-back, a user could tap on the screen of one to send content to the other phone. He did this with a Web page as well as a Google Map and a photo.

Lan Lau, the director of Zip2Zap Communications, a Hong Kong-based company that develops mobile applications and works with both Android and Apple’s IOS, said she was keen to use the new Android OS as well as the new phone from Samsung. “The screen real estate is better for building more complex applications, and we are very much looking forward to building new applications that take advantage of the new big screen.”

In defining what Android is about, Andy Rubin, Google’s senior vice president of mobile, said: “We want to do better than what people are referring to as smart phones today. So we take all the innovation that’s available at Google—everything we offer in cloud services—and make it available on your cell phone 24 hours a day.”

Analyst firm Gartner recently said that Android was number one in the second quarter of 2011, with 46,775,900 units sold (43.6 percent of the market). Symbian was second with 23,853,200 units sold (22.1 percent) and IOS was third with 19,628,800 units sold (18.2 percent).

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