While unveiling the new Motorola Droid X for Verizon, Google’s Andy Rubin said that there are currently about 160,000 Android devices activated daily. That’s about 4.8 million devices per month, or 57 million per year – really impressive for an OS announced less than two years ago.
The number of daily activations will surely grow – it grew to 160,000 from 100,000 since last month – so Android is becoming, probably faster than anyone has expected, one of the world’s major mobile platforms. In fact, what am I saying here, it already is, and by the way things are going, even Nokia’s Symbian might be dethroned soon from the leading position it currently has.
60 different Android devices (mostly phones, but there are tablets, e-readers and netbooks, too) manufactured by 21 companies are now available around the world, in 49 countries, via 59 mobile carriers.
To celebrate Android’s success, Google is releasing Android 2.2 Froyo to device manufactures today – so we should expect new smartphones with Froyo on board to become available shortly. Of course, Android 2.2 updates for older devices will also be rolled out pretty soon, but this depends not only on Google, but also on device manufacturers.
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