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April 17, 2013 by Dean Quinn
We had our suspicions that the little green robot was popular, but the latest news spewing forth from Google mouthpiece and executive chairman of the company Eric Schmidt has revealed that fondness for the diminutive automaton is off the scale as 1.5 million Android devices are activated each day.
Schmidt was speaking at the Dive Into Mobile tech conference in New York yesterday when he dropped the impressive stat, adding that the number of activations is up from the 1.3 million recorded last autumn (he actually said “last fall”, but that’s because he’s American).
One billion before 2013 is out
If that wasn’t enough to make the likes of Apple to look on admiringly and have BlackBerry forlornly studying its balance sheet, the Google honch also let it be known that his firm remains on track to hit the one billion activations mark before the end of the year.
Big talk indeed, and even bigger when you consider that Google CEO Larry Page only reckoned the big G would reach 750 million activations in a statement just last month.
That said, it’s not really all that surprising as Google’s mobile platform continues to grow and grow thanks to the wealth of different devices released spanning a range of different price points, meaning there’s an Android phone for everyone pretty much.
“$100 price tag key to next five billion looking to get connected”
Indeed, Schmidt even acknowledged the key to that future growth and reaching the “next five billion people looking to get connected,” will be the $100 price tag (about 65 quid) for Android devices, something he suggests Google will quickly get to.
Add to this the fact that there’s already been three popular Android flagships launched this year – the Sony Xperia Z, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 - and you can see why the ‘Droid is killing it.
Obviously the efficient roll-out and uptake of new Android iterations will play its part too – recent figures suggest that the ages old Gingerbread is still the most widely used version - but Google looks like it’s getting this sorted too after Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean were adopted by more and more users. The robot uprising continues…
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