At last we checked, there were 300,000 devices activating on Android’s OS every day. Earlier today at MWC, Google Ex-CEO Eric Schmidt got on stage to talk tech and his company, and confirmed what we already knew by stating that every day more than 300,000 devices are being activated.
But what does this mean exactly? In two months since we last read Andy Rubin’s tweet stating the 300K milestone was reached, we have seen that number of devices grow almost nowhere. When Schmidt mentions “more than 300,000″, that could mean 300,001 for all we know.
Granted, this still equates out to 110 million Android devices activated per year – but compared to 2 months ago, Android has had very little growth to report. It will be interesting to me seeing what happens over the next few months when Honeycomb tablets from just about every major Android OEM flood the market. Can we expect to see this number rise rather considerably?
Frankly, we doubt it. Honeycomb tablets are coming into a very intense competitive environment, with a much lower amount of market interest than smartphones yet. Tablets are becoming more popular by the minute, but it will still take a considerable amount of time before market saturation reaches the same level (or anywhere close to it, for that matter) as smartphones. Not to mention they will be going head-to-head with the iPads, HP’s TouchPad, and Blackberry Playbook, to name a few. And the door still isn’t closed on Microsoft potentially throwing Windows Phone OS into some sort of tablet.
And we haven’t even discussed the price point of these new Honeycomb tablets either. Take a look at the Motorola Xoom’s initial asking price, and you’ll find it hard to believe, as we do, that these tablets will be flooding the market the way Google is expecting them to. Make the price more competitive, and Honeycomb tablets will stand a better chance against these other juggernaut tablets.
In other notes, Schmidt also said there are currently 170 compatible Android devices, 27 OEMs, 169 carriers in 69 countries, and over 150,000 apps in the Android Market. He also mentioned that this number of apps has tripled in just nine months.
So, where do you see Android going? Will they continue to stay at the same level of non-growth they currently are at, despite introducing several new Honeycomb tablets over the last month? Or will this help or hurt them in the end?
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