updated 02:32 pm EDT, Tue April 16, 2013
Sub-$100 smartphones key to developing markets
Google has seen Android activations increase to hit 1.5 million every day, and could reach 1 billion total activations by the end of this year, according to executive chairman Eric Schmidt. The level of activations have gone up from the 1.3 million seen in September last year, the 900,000 reported in June, and the 700,000 in December 2011.
Schmidt commented during a talk at the Dive Into Mobile conference that the key to future growth and the "next five billion people looking to get connected" is to hit the $100 price point of a smartphone, reports Engadget. Current trends will make the next generation of mobile devices significantly cheaper in two years, claimed Schmidt, adding "As long as memory requirements don't massively increase, these devices will trickle down."
In order to show the resilience and usefulness of Android as an operating system on older and low-specification devices, Schmidt brought a T-Mobile G1 loaded with the latest version of Android, noting "It actually works... it's just a little slow." He also touched upon the importance of a browser in a smartphone, and the effect of providing bandwidth to developing parts of the world.