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.