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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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too bad the carriers get involved...
By notposting on 5/14/2010 9:35:04 AM , Rating: 2
Because open means the carriers can lock it down as they see fit, like AT&T is doing with theirs (Yahhooooo and apps ONLY from the Market) or like my phone from Verizon.

Have the crappy VZW software installed, can't uninstall it. And it's always starting up and running (so I get stuff like Mobile IM, Visual VM, Vcast Videos, Vcast Music, VZ Navigator all running in the background).

It's integrated into stuff like the contacts as well--if I open a contact, I can send an IM--but only with MobileIM (which doesn't use the $30/mo data plan I'm paying for but my text messages, which I pay $5/mo for 250). If want to utilize the address info from the contact list, VZ Nav (and its $10/month fee) is the only way.

And of course then you get retarded crap like Google Voice and Skype not using wifi but using their voice network, etc.

But no chance in hell I'm getting involved in that Itunes and Apple BS.

By HotFoot on 5/14/2010 10:13:26 AM , Rating: 3
I'm a big fan of just buying the device outright and then not signing any contracts. $50/mo all-in unlimited data and a voice plan included, I can Skype, tether to my hearts desire, whatever I want on WiFi and 3G. I can cancel my contract on a day's notice if I'm going to be out of the country for a month or two and want so save a little money.

My carrier doesn't tell me what I can and can't do. I pay them for service and that's what I get. It's brilliant, and I don't know anyone getting a better deal.

RE: too bad the carriers get involved...
By Jeffk464 on 5/14/2010 11:55:03 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting, the incredible on verizon doesn't have that stuff on it.

By Jeffk464 on 5/14/2010 11:56:50 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think you get charged minutes using skype mobile on the verizon network.

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