The plethora of 4G-equipped Android devices released over the last year has made the platform a leader in 4G. Thirty-seven percent of Android phones in the US offer some form of 4G, reports the app analytics firm Localytics.
That’s an impressive figure, considering that 4G Android phones accounted for just 22.6 percent of all Android devices at the beginning of the year. The number of 4G Android phones has grown more than 50 percent in the last year, and it isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Of course, it makes sense that Android would be spearheading 4G adoption, since no other major platform offers the faster cellular technology yet. Apple isn’t expected to include any form of 4G in the iPhone 5, and 4G Windows Phone devices are still on the horizon.
For developers and users alike, Android’s dominance in 4G can only be a good thing. Eventually 4G networks will be as prominent in the US as current 3G networks, so the sooner 4G devices get into consumers’ hands, and the sooner developers start creating apps and services to take advantage of 4G, the better.
According to Localytics, the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon’s LTE 4G network is the most popular 4G phone in the country. Behind it is the Evo 4G on Sprint’s WiMax 4G network, and the Samsung Droid Charge on Verizon. Both T-Mobile and AT&T offer 4G networks using the HSPA+ standard, and AT&T just recently launched its LTE network in five cities.