It has been awhile since I’ve talked about a king of the Android populace. When I did talk about it, I was asking you whether or not HTC would be able to remain the King of Android. Now, not quite a year later, here I am wondering which company, out of all of them out there releasing their own version of a high-end Android device, is actually positioned at the top spot. Instead of basing this solely on a list of devices that are out right now, let’s look a bit into the future. Thanks to the Mobile World Congress event that took place over the course of last week, we have plenty of new devices to judge our results, so let’s get right into it.

Before this year’s Mobile World Congress, and despite the fact that Samsung had released the Galaxy S II into the world, I honestly still would have put HTC at the head of the pack. Even if I do wholeheartedly agree with the company that their proprietary user interface, Sense, had become way too cluttered for its own good, I believe that HTC’s fan base is still one of the strongest out there.

And that won’t change after Mobile World Congress, either. With the company unveiling a simpler approach to Sense UI, and unveiling the One Series of devices, HTC is going back to their roots and that means that HTC definitely has a chance at keeping their kingly position. However, there are so many new competitors, and competitors that have been around since the beginning but are only now actually creating devices worth the attention, that this year is definitely going to be hard for HTC.

Specifically, where did ZTE and Huawei come from? These manufacturers have been deep within the Android ranks for quite some time, but it wasn’t until this year that both of these manufacturers decided to take the gloves off, incorporate some high-end specifications, and release devices that people would actually want all over the world. In ZTE’s case, there’s the Era, which may not have the best display in the world (or even on the smartphone market), but it’s definitely not lacking in the other specifications categories. And then there’s Huawei’s Ascend D quad, which does have a fantastic display, plus all of the high-end specs your hands can take advantage of.

And then there’s Sony, which had plenty of different Android handsets to show off last year, but none of which really stood out amongst the competition. That is definitely changing this year, especially with devices like the Xperia S. Again, it may not have the best of the best when it comes to specifications, but there’s no reason to think that the Xperia S (or any of its brethren) won’t be ridiculously popular all over the world.

Finally, Samsung, who had a few announcements at the event, but there is still one device we’re all still waiting for, and that’s the Galaxy S III – or whatever they decide to call this year’s flagship device. Considering how popular all of the Galaxy S flagship devices have been in the past, if Samsung can manage to pack in all the features that people want (realistically, folks), or even just some of them, there’s a strong possibility that Samsung takes the cake and eats it this year, too.

All in all, HTC honestly doesn’t have it all that easy this year. Not that they have had it “easy” over the last two years, but this year it’s going to come down to the wire, more or less. HTC has real contenders with the One Series, but obviously we know that they’re going to release plenty of other handsets, too, which could bog down their chances at regaining (or keeping) the top spot. Even LG has some hardware to compete for the crown.

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rcee_camron_2 samsung is ruling, best device is galaxy note by far
Anonymous Pretty sure the HTC One!
jpchater Right now, galaxy note. Still the underdog, still winnovating.
Jun Kim Samsung Galaxy Note
Saad Khan Undoubtedly HTC One X
Main Man HTC One X
Anonymous htc phones have always been extremely well built with great cameras. Sense can be overbearing but it is focused on personalization
Shubham Palange Right Now I'll Vote For HTC One X
Verlon L. Carroll Samsung & LG!
Drew Page So far, the Samsung Galaxy Note and the HTC One X are the kings.
Paulie McLovinn Definitely samsung
Diego Schneider Htc for shure!!!!
KJ Thornton The iPhone 4s
Ivan Ilyin I'm hoping for Samsung's Galaxy S line to be on top this year again. They release their phones first, and retain better specs than others for months. As long as you import from Europe, since it takes half a year for US carriers to adopt these phones. Waiting for a Quad Core, HD, sAMOLED+, and large battery phone from Samsung
Isaac Dargan HTC and htc sence, i love that UI
Daniel Shih HTC One X !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kristopher Davis HTC!! Where do people come up with these fake ass galaxyS3 specs? You people kill me..LOL...HTC is king and always will be!!!
Malcom Buckhannon HTC!!!! I hate MOTO every one I had I hated and went right back to HTC... I will never look back again.
Stan Jackson Razr maxx smart action and the battery
Xingchi Ding Next nexus, the pure android and first for new operating system is the way to go.
Hon Guin Lee In terms of all features, Sony Xperia S, for the hype its Samsung Galaxy S 3.
Kelvin Viola hands down bro its plural lol, now thats out of the way HTC baby!
Aaron J. Guerra What the heck is with all these Samsung fanboys?! HTC hand down!
Gordon Christie It will still be Samsung the s3 has quadcore and HTC had crap phones last year
Umar Gillen Samsung
Kory S. Deberry Samsung!!!
Kyle Cordiano Sammy :)
Taimoor Akhtar Samsung duh...
Atif Abdul Samee Ofcourse Htc.....coz I just luv the sense interface....but wud luv if HTC would improve it a bit more and release ICS and Sense 4.0 for Evo 3d soon.....coz i own it!!!;-)
Michael A. Lococo I would say the people who create all those android viruses!!
Gabriel Silva Roldan Nexus two by htc soon to come
Richard Ameen Htc is trying to put up a good fight against the GSIII with the One X and personally, id rather have the one x than the SIII, just because its htc and samsung is crap. All samsung is is specs, and then crappy build. HTC is all around good phones, but for now im happy with my iPhone 4S
Tameria Survivor Comas Samsung---hands down
Tyvell Veney The best outta MWC was the HTC One X (quad core people! ). Haven't seen the GSIII yet so HTCs got it for now
Ryan Lampkin DroidTh3ory
Travis Hickey samsung.
Sina Balouch Samsung
Anonymous In a few months Galaxy S III but right now Galaxy S II :D
Hated Newsome Love every HTC device I have owned and have Hated every Samsung device...there are alot of good products coming out but I will stand behind and stay loyal to HTC no matter who is the supposed top of the market. Just my personal thoughts.
Orion Pax Galaxy Note
Ethan Hoang Google
Matthew Jones HTC sensation 4G
Sujit Tiyar htc one x
Wei Zhann Torn between HTC One S/V/XL UI designs and Samsung Amoled Galaxy Note........whew ...Desire HD user.
Gary Bowling If HTC gets rid of Sense, then HTC, if not then Samsung.
Luaiy Hakami YOU>>!!!
Zoheb Sayed htc Sensation XE cuz I own it :P
Lawayne Robinson HTC FOREVER!!!!!!
Nahtanoj Divad Htrab Need to see GS3 before I can make a decision. Samsung won in 2011 though.
Jesse Talamantes Samsung is pulling away
Joe Hernandez Samsung has won it. htc has fallen
Vanrajsinh Chavda galaxy s3....
Benjamin Padilla I must say. Motorola can't compete. Hopefully Google does something good with it. Samsung is too powerful to be dethroned.
Yasir Sohail samsung and android goes well perfect. but now that google owns moto, lets see what happens.
Richard Wilson IMO, SAMSUNG won when they released the Galaxy SII! But, when the Galaxy SIII comes out, GAME OVER! (-:
Joseph Tarin Samsung.... GSlll nuff said
Sean Johnstone Motorola Droid razor! Beats anything you guys have!:D
Jason Vargas Samsung
Chris Payne As much as I love my Evo (thanks HTC) and I've hated every Samsung device I've ever own in the past (not just phone, everything).... I would have to say Samsung easily takes this from HTC with the Galaxy Nexus. As long as you're going to ruin Android with your shitty skin (Sense) you don't have a chance. Let Android be Android. Especially ICS!!
Jaevz Chavez DROID RAZR ruler of mobile machines
Jonese Elnar samsung galaxy s3...!
Michael Barton Not one single person..recently..has said Sony
Reinaldo Quiros Moto DROID RAZR RULES!
Frank Tiberius Marte Jr Droid Razr Maxx!
Luis Vazquez Motorola will be the one to come on top! Then you have Google buying Motorola! Is that even a question? Motorola all day!!!
Missy Wheeler say what u want but I love my LG thrill. for once I have found an android phone that does what its supposed to, no tricks that aren't supposed to be rhere.
Gabriel Perez Yosh Galaxy note
Esme Peralta samsung
Joernie Berrios Samsung Vibrant-CyanogenMod7-..FTW..
Toreon Jones Sr. Cory u right bout that 1. I'm a EVO man and if they can't give us a new I'm goin Samsung.....
Joernie Berrios Super Amoled+plus.....looks wayyy more sexxxy.....
Mark Gittens Only time will tell. they r some 5mp cameras that look better than 8mp but people will see 8mp and think that automatically is better so lets just see what HTC and Samsung does
Eric Hook Still Samsung
Nicolas Calderon Quintero HTC One X. Such an amazing phone.
Krishna Das I was a fan of HTC but now I feel Samsung is miles ahead
Jonathan Brewer samsung.. nobody even comes close
Christian Sotelo Samsung android
Mike Nguyen Samsung
Cory Wilson The last king for HTC was HTC Evo
Bibek Gurung HTC FTW, no contest!
Malik Chambers HTC needs to figure out how to extend their battery life. That's their hold back.
Brandon Errigo Samsung galaxxy note
Ronnie Hill Jr I love HTC, but all android lovers should help convert the brain washed iphone users over so they can have a phone that really helps you!
Luis Miguel de Antunano Samsung, 'nuff said!!
Rick Sievers HTC sucks... I've never seen one that I liked. razr maxx...the only way to go.
Malik Chambers Samsung Galaxy line is killin it right now. You would think since Google now owns Motorola Mobile, they would be....
Alexander Rojas HTC One X
Hansel Starley Samsung. Note for the win
Iam Talat What about the padfone from Asus lol
Kenneth Li if they keep making HEAVY THICK CRAPS, they will never be king!
Luis Robles Figueroa Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 ICS.
Vincent Jean MOTO FTW!
Nathan Elcoate HTC gunna look like fuktards next month
Nathan Elcoate Not you Richard. I agree with you.
Richard Allen Yarrell Snapdragon S4 Dualcore is not much better than what I have now in my Galaxy Nexus. If that's all HTC has for consumers in 2012 then their DOORS will be BLOWN OFF AGAIN. Exynos Quadcore vs Snapdragon S4 Dualcore... Who do you think WON?? Plus 2GB of RAM on the Galaxy S3 that simply PIMP SLAPS anything made by HTC in 2012...
Olgun Özcan HTC One X
Ethan Shrago Huwawei, and I'm a Samsung user...
Marlon Milligan I don't know yet gotta play with HTC One X, then play with the Samsung Galaxy S 3 then ill decide
Hendrick Equis M my vote still is on Samsung. the HTC one X looks nice but its cometition at this moment is Sammys NExus & GS2 plus GS3 around the corner
Jason Ramos Not HTC lol. The One series hasn't impressed me much with their shitty 1800 mAh batteries and dont give me that crap about the new processor/chipset. LTE is a power hog regardless
David Lora Google
Perro Rosello I want HTC to reign again. But Samsung is on a roll
Daniel Cuadrado Samsung Galaxy Note by far!
Richard Allen Yarrell The KING of android in 2011 and the start of 2012 is Samsung hands down. Samsung devices Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Skyrocket Hd, and Galaxy Skyrocket, plus the upcoming Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Journal will keep Samsung on top in 2012. HTC has to put out better than the Htc One or Htc One X that's for sure..
Rani Hinnawi HTC One X (Tegra 3 version)
Jordan Acosta Muertorola Suck.
Amir Zaheen Minhaj Samsung???....please, they does deliver the spec..but then in the design department, sony and htc nailed it.. Im going with htc as the droid king....tho theres many competitor....
Kilgore Trout Motorola Droid RAZR
Mimoun Tu Rigoleras Now galaxy note and next Galaxy S3 or maybe LG optimus 4X
Jordan Acosta Samsung Galaxy S3 Is going to be the best at the whole market amazing....
Hans Jaramillo Too early to tell. We're barely in the third month of the new year. Ask this question again by Q4 2012.
Yousif Sobhi The galaxy s3 when it comes out, but for now galaxy s2 is the shit :)
Sam Pappachan HTC for nw, Asus is gonna take over, just bcz they are releasing jelly bean on their devices early...
Jerel Boza Samsung's sking are shitty. Their phyiscal keyboard can use some work.
Miguel Reategui Skyrocket! All day
Alex Hernandez For sure its HTC!
Paul Alexandru The Galaxy S3
Jerel Boza Samsung sells the most because they are the most reconizeable when it comes to name. HTC is none as the best phone maker. I mean even people who know nothing about cellphone see HTC and they ask can they touch my phone. I say thats samsung and they go oh ok.
Mark Hennessey Intellectual property lawyers.
Rashaud Cook Android doesn't give a phone no time to shine.. So none of them
Alex Ramirez MOTOROLA
Alonzo Tollini Anything HTC or Samsung makes.
Zach Ernst If it were service it would be Sprint
Tommy Millar Rezound baby!
RJ Delacruz ASUS! PadFone FTW!
Ray Lopez HTC Galaxy S Note One X Bluray HD II ;)
Valarie Smith Galaxy Note
Dennis Heggenstaller Def not HTC or Motorola
Johnny Makris-munoz Samsung heres why samsung phones have the best batteries screens and tend to work alot better than htc or motorola
Mimi Inman Droid 4
Kareem Hanna galaxy nexus
Robby Olko One X until G s3 is announced.
Will Gonzalez Galaxy Nexus now..........
Wade Moena Motorola all the way. There only comp was htc and they didn't really sell shit for phones last year
Sam Platz Samsung Galaxy S3 when it arrives
Ben LiGon Samsung hands down!
Gavin Rightmyer iPhone (:
Malik Huntington Brock Samsung! Samsung! Just think if Vizio made Androids they would be in the top 5!
Carlos Nava GALAXY S3 OFFICIAL! 5.0 inch 1080p super amoled Plus HD 12 Megapixel Camera with 1080p video/5 Mega pixel HD front cam 2.0 Gigahertz Dual core Exynos 2 Gigs of ram,4G LTE,Android 5.0 Jelly-Bean, 3000 mAh Battery,FaceLock/Eyelock ,Android T.V (2012)
Eddie Kirbi Samsung.
Japeth Harrison galaxy nexus note HD,
Alejandro Castro LG Optimus 4X HD when its released
Jozef Sakac Sony Xperia S
Gabe Moran It could still be motorola this year
Amie Lee Greenway Definitely the Samsung phones...any of their Android devices. Samsung makes good Android devices. I LOVE the Samsung Nexus.
Muhammad Yousuf Samsung, no doubt
Sean Pop White Droid razr maxx by farrrr
Gabe Moran Motorola droid razr so far....that phones been unstoppable so far haha
Kyle Diggy Sammy forsure
Jose Angel Santiago Sg2 epic 4g touch once ics comes out!!!
Cris Garcia Lg Vu Print , coming inn 2013 .
Daniel Villarreal motorola Razar
Manuel Campas Well the HTC Evo has been king since it was released lol...I think it needs to take a bow though, I would hope to see another HTC at the top
Muhammad Ali Khan samsung ofcourse....
Fonzy Paniagua Still waiting on galaxy s 3
Barry Washington I think its obviously Samsung. Hands down.
Eduardo Ordaz Galaxy S3 soon.
Myles Gardener Would be HTC if they would release ICS for the EVO 3D

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