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Over 160,000 Android phones sold every day

updated 02:25 pm EDT, Wed June 23, 2010

Google claims Android shipments may outpace iPhone

Google's Andy Rubin during the Droid X launch today revealed that over 160,000 Android phones are sold every day. The tally is a huge jump from 100,000 each day in May and would theoretically see as many as 4.8 million Android phones go online every month. Various hardware builders like HTC and Motorola were moving just 60,000 per day as recently as February.

As part of the landmark, Google said it was open-sourcing Android 2.2 to let developers freely use and modify the mobile OS.

The explosion can largely be credited to Android's popularity in the US, where original Droid is still facing shortages and both the Droid Incredible and Evo 4G are facing shortages, albeit usually part-related rather than sheer sales.

Whether or not Google's partners can sustain this level of production and challenge larger incumbents like Apple and RIM isn't certain. Apple has over 600,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders just for its launch day and isn't including walk-in sales or third-party retailers; it also is shipping only to several countries in June. Shipments should expand in July and through the rest of the year.

RIM is also estimated to be shipping over 11 million BlackBerries in its ongoing quarter.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. ZinkDifferent

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    Hmmm...

    Shipping, or actually sold?

    Not a surprising number as a lot of Verizon customers want smartphones, since they can't have an iPhone - and Android just preps them to eventually adopt iPhones around 2012. Right now Android eats all of WinMo marketshare, hardly touching iPhone. That's by design.

  1. starwarrior

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    Sitting Together

    Remember the principles at the coffee shop setting up this paper tiger to avoid monopoly charges against both companies.

  1. wrenchy

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    re:Hmmm...


    You mean to say Android is showing them the future of mobile OS's.

  1. JTh

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    Great, open-source

    I really want to like Android, and I generally recommend it to others who don't want/can't have an iPhone for whatever reason.

    But making it open-source just creates more confusion, IMO. I already understand there's multiple versions of the OS that, for whatever reason, is supported on some phone hardware or another - one reason (amongst others) that I won't consider switching from my iPhone. Now throw the wrench of having multiple offshoots, and everyone's now running some ever-so-slightly different flavor of Android. This approach has worked great for netbooks.

    I'll keep my locked-down iPhone with limited capabilities, TYVM.

  1. jarod

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    Crazy

    You have to be crazy to invest in such a device and platform. No support; no guaranteed integration. Just dumb. Everyone tries to catch up to Apple by copying them. No one really tries to come up with something new. Why would you pay for a 3rd rate copy when you can have a first class original?

    Android is for suckers and those that have a lot of time to waste.

  1. DeezNutts

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    Re: Great, open-source


    They have to open source it to comply with the GPL v2.

    You can't just modify Linux and then claim your OS is closed source.
    The FSF would be all over these guys like flies on a garbage truck if they tried that.

  1. iphonerulez

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    That's a h*** of a lot of smartphones...

    But so what. Nokia sells a lot of cellphones and isn't making much money from doing so. So far, Google isn't making a penny from Android but has the headaches and costs of upgrading it. There is no way iPhone sales numbers will ever surpass Android total sales with its multiple vendors and multiple carriers. I guess iOS will just have to take its lumps in not being the most prolific mobile OS.

  1. DeezNutts

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    Re: Crazy


    Who says there is no support? Sure maybe not for some hacked up version you download, but the carriers offering Android are the support for it.

    There may be some fragmentation between carriers but I've got no complaints with my G1 on TMobile and I dumped my iPhone for it.


    If Android is a 3rd rate copy then I guess Apple should be worried as Android improves!
    Its a nice OS and I actually like it better than iOS and I find my G1 to be a better phone then my old iPhone.. *runs and hides*


  1. testudo

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    Re: Crazy

    You have to be crazy to invest in such a device and platform. No support; no guaranteed integration.

    So you're saying that all these phones are being sold, but neither the phone manufacturers nor the cell phone companies are providing any support? Seriously?

  1. testudo

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    Re: Great, open-source


    But making it open-source just creates more confusion, IMO. I already understand there's multiple versions of the OS that, for whatever reason, is supported on some phone hardware or another - one reason (amongst others) that I won't consider switching from my iPhone.


    I am always confused by the 'confusion' argument. Exactly how many different phones does one use at a time, or how often does one change phones? For who the h*** cares if there's 1 version or 12 versions of the OS if you have just one phone? And how many users have actually been caught up in this whole 'fragmentation' problem where they buy some app then it won't work on another device?

    And yet there are several different versions of iPhones which run different versions of the OS. I mean, all those poor iPhone 1st and 2nd gen users are stuck with v3 of the OS. And then some iPhones have different hardware than others. And there's also the iPad, which is another version of the OS with it's own capabilities that the iPhone lacks, and apps that work for the iPad won't necessarily work on the iPhone.

    So why are all these differences of no significance but the fact that Verizon and Sprint might use a different variant of Android is a serious issue?

    Now throw the wrench of having multiple offshoots, and everyone's now running some ever-so-slightly different flavor of Android. This approach has worked great for netbooks.

    And how is this a problem for netbooks? Was there this whole problem with netbook users being stuck with all these different versions of some Operating System that caused mass confusion and customer issues, and I somehow missed it?

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