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Google says the total number of Android devices around the world is past 300 million

Google is looking to boost its Android mobile operating system even higher into the top mobile ranks at the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year, which kicked off today in Barcelona, Spain.

MWC is the world's largest mobile exhibition in the industry. It features top chief executives in the business, who represent device manufacturers, mobile operators, vendors and technology providers. It is an annual conference, and will take place February 27 - March 1, 2012.

Google, which developed the popular Android operating system for mobile devices, made its way to MWC with new devices, apps and facts to share. For instance, Google said that 850,000 new Android devices are activated daily, and the total number of Android devices around the globe has surpassed 300 million. The year-on-year growth rate of Android devices has been more than 250 percent.

Google is also showing off over 100 devices at MWC, including smartphones and tablets, as well as new apps like Android Beam, which allows users to share content via touching two Android phones back-to-back. According to Google, there are over 450,000 apps available for Android-powered devices.

While Android seems to have some powerful statistics, it better keep an eye on that pesky iPhone, which outsold all Android phones combined at Verizon in Q4 2011. The iPhone also outsold Android 4-to-1 on AT&T's network.

Source: The Official Google Mobile Blog

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That can't be accurate
By tayb on 2/27/2012 12:46:25 PM , Rating: 2
That number puts google on pace for over 300 million activations in 2012. I understand that activations takes into account new and used phones but that number still seems awfully high. If we agree that Google is outselling Apple 6:4 this would mean that 500 million smartphones would be activated during 2012. Way too high.

RE: That can't be accurate
By Dug on 2/27/2012 12:59:22 PM , Rating: 2
It can't last. There's only so many people capable of buying a device. Unless they are giving away devices for free, or people are able to upgrade their phones/tablets every 6 months, then this will end very abruptly.

RE: That can't be accurate
By Dug on 2/27/2012 1:00:53 PM , Rating: 3
Not to mention the millions, or probably billions of people that couldn't give a crap or have no interest in an Android device.

RE: That can't be accurate
By Reclaimer77 on 2/27/2012 4:02:21 PM , Rating: 3
Not to mention the millions, or probably billions of people that couldn't give a crap or have no interest in an Android device.

The great thing about Android is, chances are, you'll soon be buying it even if you don't give a "crap" about it.

Soon there will be set top box devices running Android, DVR's running it, etc etc. The applications are limitless in their practicality.

RE: That can't be accurate
By tayb on 2/27/2012 1:16:26 PM , Rating: 2
The only time it would even seem possible would be during the holiday season. Maybe that is the number they are talking about.

RE: That can't be accurate
By Sazar on 2/27/2012 1:34:01 PM , Rating: 2
Globally, that number is completely feasible.

RE: That can't be accurate
By tayb on 2/27/2012 2:49:03 PM , Rating: 1
That would mean one in every 14 people across the globe will activate a new smartphone this year. And that doesn't even include "dumb phones", RIM, or Microsoft. Not feasible. Not even reasonable.

RE: That can't be accurate
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/27/2012 3:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
500 million out of 6 BILLION people is not feasible? Um....right...

RE: That can't be accurate
By FinZilla on 2/28/2012 1:48:12 AM , Rating: 2
Global phone shipments are already past the 1.5 Billion mark. At 300 Million it means only 20% of the global phone market.

The advantage with Android is you can even ship a $50 smartphone:

RE: That can't be accurate
By Sazar on 2/28/2012 7:46:31 AM , Rating: 2
You assume that no one ever buys another phone. Several people have more than 1 device and many switch out regularly. Not everyone in the world operates on a 2 year plan like we are blessed with in the US.

RE: That can't be accurate
By talikarni on 3/2/2012 8:45:02 PM , Rating: 2
The main problem is that the Android based setups are available on a large number of cell networks, versus Apple is limited to only a few specific networks. That means activations and devices sold by android will continue to climb while apples growth will slow.

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