Eric Schmidt has just announced that Android has reached 350,000 activations each day. After doing some dirty and quick math, that comes out to about 10 million per month. And in a year? 127,750,000. That number is huge, isn’t it?
And it’s expected to keep growing throughout 2011 and beyond. Android is projected to surpass Symbian – the world’s top smartphone and mobile OS – in 2014. The first milestone was reached in Q4 2010 where Android was the single biggest smartphone OS throughout all the land.
OEMs rely on Android to provide unique products that set themselves apart from their competitors, and that’s one big reason for its growth. That’s probably the single biggest reason for its growth, really.
After Microsoft failed to innovate quickly enough (we didn’t see a next generation OS release until 2010), OEMs jumped ship to Android as Apple had introduced a new phone that would change the face of the industry. And all of those OEMs had no way to catch on as they hadn’t anticipated such a swift change.
But Android was already in the works – long before the iPhone was announced, actually – and it has been moving toward being the standard alternative since 2007. It got off to a very slow start in 2008, but just two years later it’s the fastest growing operating system ever.
The scary part is that it’s nowhere near over. Android will hold its reign for years to come, and you know we’re not mad about it. (Well, maybe a little. We’re sure we’ll have to work a lot harder in the future.) But we aren’t complaining. I’m bringing back a throwback phrase with this one: Go, Android, go!