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Continuing our glossary of mobile phone terms, today we explore the HTC and Dual Core handsets.

by Ernest Doku

HTC

This Taiwanese company came from nowhere in 2007 see their shares more than triple in value, leapfrogging Nokia in terms of worth in 2011.

HTC’s dual-pronged approach of attacking the market with both entry-level and high-end smartphones powered by the Android platform (with a little of their own flourishes) has proved hugely successful, and their phones currently rule the roost when it comes to iPhone alternatives.

The initial 18-month head start that the manufacturer had with Google and Android has done them plenty of favours, but prepare to see competition hot up this year, with strong competition from Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson on the cards.

Dual Core

The latest buzzword in mobile circles, but no easier to demonstrate in terms of improvements over the last range of smartphones…

Dual Core handsets like the LG Optimus 2X and forthcoming Optimus 3D boast even more processing power than current smartphone, as well as better running of multiple programs concurrently (known as ‘multitasking’).

Rather than a single smartphone processor doing all of the heavy lifting, the workload is shared between two, making processes and tasks run much faster. Sounds like a bit much, but as smartphone features become more intensive, the hardware is needed to keep up with them.

This handy video may be able to explain:

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