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Google now activating 200,000 Android phones per day

updated 10:50 pm EDT, Wed August 4, 2010

Android sales double to 200K in 3 months

Google chief Eric Schmidt at the Techonomy conference revealed that his company is now activating 200,000 Android phones a day. The tally is 25 percent higher than the 160,000 per day in late June and is double the 100,000 phones that were being switched on just three months ago. The rapid growth rate is backed by word that Android may have overtaken BlackBerry and iPhone US market share in the spring.

The rate is "incredibly phenomenal," according to Schmidt, who wasn't sure how long it would continue. He wasn't concerned that the free licensing inherent to most Android phones was hurting revenue as many Android owners run Google searches that pop up ads and generate revenue from impressions and click-throughs. iPhone owners also make money for Google that way, he said.

At the current pace, Google is moving over 18 million Android devices, or roughly twice as many devices as Apple, which shipped 8.4 million iPhones, and several million above RIM's 11.2 million BlackBerries. Google is mostly helped by its non-exclusivity in the US, as Verizon is its single largest customer for the mobile OS. It further enjoys a plurality of manufacturers where Apple and RIM design both their operating systems and hardware.

The figure doesn't perfectly mirror smartphone share as a small portion of Android devices are tablets and other non-phone devices; Apple segregates its iPad and iPod touch shipments.

Schmidt didn't have as high hopes for Chrome OS. He thought the web app-oriented OS could reach a "large market" but also acknowledged that it was "proper to be skeptical" of the platform where Android had asserted itself. Critics of Google's OS strategy have said that Android and Chrome have significant overlap, as both can be used on tablets and netbooks but only Android can run truly native apps.



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  1. iphonerulez

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    +2

    So how are these numbers helping

    Google in revenue. I see that Google is certainly winning the pissing contest in numbers, but all Google is doing is standing knee-deep in piss. Can it translate all those Android OS numbers into at least some form of cash. Ad clicks and search? I believe in-app ads are going to trump that for profits. I don't see Android becoming a highly profitable mobile OS for Google.

  1. stenniz

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    +4

    Look alike

    Does anybody else think that Eric Schmidt looks like the leather coated n*** in Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  1. wrenchy

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    -17

    The Little Green Robots


    are going to take you out, one device at a time.

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  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

    -19

    "iPhone Killer" at last??


    I think it's safe to say that the Android OS is the mythical iPhone killer we've all been talking about.
    Buh bye iPhone.

    *March on the Droids*

  1. facebook_Justin

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    +3

    The new Windows

    Don't be fooled people. Android, like Windows, may become more popular then the iPhone but just like Windows, its just as much of a piece of c***. I've owned Android devices and they are absolutely horrible. The apps are all outdated versions of the stuff already in the App Store, its very unstable, multitasking is an absolute joke and it supports proprietary obsolete software like Flash. Apple is trying to move us to the future mainly by banning this pile of trash from entering iPhones, Google likes the past. And the whole "open" argument is just as much of a joke as the multitasking. First of all, Android is FAR from open. If you don't believe me, why is it you must "root" your phone for superuser access? You must hack it to do anything Google and the phone manufacturers don't want you too, just like with Apple. And the Android Market, sure its open, but thats a bad, bad thing. It may be open as in anything is allowed, but you still have to pay to develop for it, like with the App Store, and if Google wants, they CAN AND WILL remove your apps, as they have done with T-Mobile when T-Mobile decided they didn't want apps that allow tethering in the store. Look it up. And the fact that there is no review process means most apps don't work properly or as described. Very few apps actually function, most crash, freeze or do stuff you didn't expect, like have too many ads or launch the browser. IVE OWNED ANDROID DEVICES. THIS IS NOT STUFF IVE HEARD, THIS IS STUFF IVE EXPERIENCED. STAY AWAY FROM ANDROID!!!

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  1. ilovestevejobs

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    re: The new Windows

    Don't be fooled people. iOS, like Windows, may become more popular then the Android but just like Windows, its just as much of a piece of c***. I've owned iPhones and they are absolutely horrible. The apps are all outdated versions of the stuff already in the App Store, its very unstable, multitasking is an absolute joke and it supports proprietary obsolete software. Google is trying to move us to the future mainly by banning this pile of trash from entering Android, Apple likes the past. And the whole "open" argument is just as much of a joke as the multitasking. First of all, iPhone is FAR from open. If you don't believe me, why is it you must "root" your phone for superuser access? You must hack it to do anything Apple and the phone manufacturers don't want you too, just like with Android. And the iPhone Market, sure its closed, but thats a bad, bad thing. It may be closed as in anything is allowed, but you still have to pay to develop for it, like with the App Store, and if Apple wants, they CAN AND WILL remove your apps, as they have done with AT&T when AT&T decided they didn't want apps that allow tethering in the store. Look it up. And the fact that there is no review process means most apps don't work properly or as described. Very few apps actually function, most crash, freeze or do stuff you didn't expect, like have too many ads or launch the browser. IVE OWNED IPHONE. THIS IS NOT STUFF IVE HEARD, THIS IS STUFF IVE EXPERIENCED. STAY AWAY FROM IPHONE!!!

  1. BigIslandMac

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    Actually, No, Google is Not

    activating 200,000 phones a day. It isn't activating any. Nor is it "moving" any devices, except for remaining Nexus Ones on shelves. Android devices range from top-of-the line Droid Xs to $50 Motorola Backflips. Comparing every Andorid phone to every iPhone or Blackberry is pointless. No one who is honest would regard a low-end Android phone as being in the same league as an iPhone. Apple was never going to sell an iPhone to someone who would settle for a Backflip, nor would it want to. The margin on such devices is way too low.

  1. ChiMac

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    Huffy sells more bikes than Porshe sells cars too!

    They should be activating 200,000 a day. Schmidt buys Android (why make your own product) and starts handing it out on the street corner. No pride in the product. No control over how companies slap it on anything with a screen and sadly no concern for the consumer who can't upgrade their year old phones because the operating system has no consistency from one generation to the next.

    If you prefer Android, good for you and all the best but please don't fool yourself into thinking that you have gotten in on the ground floor of the next great open source movement. The only thing you have done is help Schmidt spread his tentacles deeper into our daily lives and settled for an Iphone wanna-be so that you can say you aren't an Apple fanboy.

    As for an Iphone killer, there won't be one because we "fanboys" will return year after year to buy Iphones and every other Apple product. Sell millions upon millions of Androids for all we care. That doesn't change our loyalty to Apple products. Apple has had loyal support through many tough years and I seriously doubt those individuals are going near an Android phone anytime soon.

  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005

    +1

    $75 tablets

    There has been a rash of really low quality tablets coming out of China that costs $75 to $125. Surely, these will help Android flood the market.

    Schmidt should be more concerned that these c*** tablets will further fragment the market with different version of the Android OS and/or different specs and hurt Androids reputation than be happy that they are helping the numbers balloon.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Joined: Oct 2004

    +2

    what sad commentary

    So you admit iPhone is hopelessly behind Android in sales now. Inevitably as the market grows for Android, and wanes, comparatively speaking, for iOS - what follows next, is Apple loses its App lead.

    That's OK, because you have the excuses geared up for that too - well it's all about iOS 4, not about sheer # of apps, who can run 200,000 apps anyway? Who has the time?

    Apple has fractured it's own market to iPhone OS 3 and iOS 4 devices, it's fractured the market by which devices can run Game Center, and which cannot, which devices have a Retina Display and which do not, etc.

    'fracturing' is a sophistry. It's a fact of life, that the market moves on - older hardware cannot run apps that require newer hardware.

    This sophistry is not playing out as a negative in the marketplace - reread the article, Android growth is phenomenal - it's because of the 'fracture' strategy, not in spite of it.

    Anyway, I agree. I agree with you. The fact that iOS 4 is a niche play, doesn't make it anything but a great, quality product, and the niche it's going after, is the ultra-high end, and I like the ultra-high end, its sweet.

    The only difference between me and some others, is I never saw the need to pretend Apple had actually implemented some kind of broad market strategy - when they clearly never have.


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