Google adding 300K Android phones a day
It may have taken its time to get up and running, but the Android invasion – it seems – is now all but unstoppable.
According to a tweet for Google’s Andy Rubin, the platform is now racking up 300,000 new users worldwide every single day – that works out to the equivalent of more than 100 million a year.
That comfortably eclipses bitter smartphone rival Apple, which has reported iOS activations of 270,000 a day, but that figure also includes not only iPhone activations, but iPads too.
Rubin was part of the original Android Inc team that Google acquired back in 2005 ahead of the OS’ full launch three years later, and presided over the launch of the latest version of the OS – Android 2.3 Gingerbread – which saw the light of day earlier this week.
Analysts have widely suggested that Android will overtake the long-dominant Symbian as the leading smartphone platform by 2012 – probably a conservative estimate now that the long-ailing Symbian platform has all but shut its doors in the face of the increasing challenge from Google and Apple.