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Android smartphones continue their meteoric rise

It seems as though the Android smartphone operating system is starting to really come alive these days. Sales of the devices have really been shooting through the roof if these latest numbers from Google CEO Eric Schmidt are any indication.

According to Schmidt, Google partners are shipping Android smartphones at a rate of 65,000+ per day. "It looks like Android is going to be either the number one or number two player," added Schmidt to the AFP.

65,000 units shipped per day would put Google at about 5.85 million Android smartphones shipped (and steadily rising) per quarter. That compares to the 8.75 million iPhones that Apple sold last quarter.

According to NPD, the Android operating system is already the number two smartphone operating system in the United States putting it ahead of Apple's iPhone OS, but behind RIM's Blackberry OS. At the rate Android OS is expanding, it shouldn't be too long before it starts its worldwide domination.

"Our strategy is very different from everybody else's," Schmidt continued. "We license our code for free, so that's really pretty revolutionary. We're trying to build an entire ecosystem of openness, the inverse of the other guys."

The next few weeks should be quite amazing for Google. Sprint's flagship Android 2.1-based HTC EVO 4G smartphone will be shipping early next month and Android 2.2, also known as Froyo, is expected to debut this month.

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RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By alanore on 5/14/2010 8:52:54 AM , Rating: 2
I think it really highlights the importance of The Ecosystem and the key is, as Steve Ballmer said Developers, Developers, Developers. Getting a good developers platform can increase the value of the product enormously, just think of the iPhone or andriod without apps, or even in the case of Palm, HP bought it for WebOS

By Anoxanmore on 5/14/2010 9:15:25 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still waiting for my Ocarina App for the Droid Incredible...


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By reader1 on 5/14/10, Rating: -1
RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By Pirks on 5/14/2010 10:45:27 AM , Rating: 2
so what do you think about meteoric rise of open android? isn't it supposed to fail unlike closed systems? why did it grow above and beyond iphone although it's not closed?

By geekgod on 5/14/2010 1:25:02 PM , Rating: 2
One of the primary reasons of Android rise IMO is that it's free to use unlike other phone Operating systems. For example winmo for which you have to pay, or other party OS which don’t even support any other phone than their own.

RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By T2k on 5/14/2010 2:24:56 PM , Rating: 1
Microsoft has wisely chosen to follow Apple by making Windows Phone 7 a closed platform.

Saying it bout a future product under a newspiece that shows it's been PROVEN to be true for a FREE AND OPEN SYSTEM makes you sound even more ridiculously clueless than your usual retarded comments...

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