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Rubin Revels in Android Ascendancy

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
6/28/2011

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android guru revealed Tuesday that 500,000 devices using the mobile operating system are being activated for the first time every day.

Andy Rubin, Google's senior vice president of Mobile, said that the number of new devices has risen from the 350,000 that the search giant said were being activated each day this spring. "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it's growing at 4.4% w/w [week over week]," Rubin tweeted Tuesday.

Android is now in both low-end and high-end smartphones as well as mobile tablets and other devices. T-Mobile US Inc. revealed its latest smartphone using the operating system -- the MyTouch Slide 4G -- Tuesday morning.

Why this matters
As Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) CEO Stephen Elop has recognized, Android is now the mainstream mobile operating system to beat. This year will probably see prices on devices in the lower end of the market decrease further, taking the mobile OS fight into the feature phone arena.

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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joset01
joset01
12/5/2012 | 5:01:01 PM
re: Rubin Revels in Android Ascendancy


500,000 a day and counting, Elop needs to pull his finger out if he's really going to bring the battle to Android. The Nokia stance is pure posturing right now.

sarahthomas1011
sarahthomas1011
12/5/2012 | 5:00:58 PM
re: Rubin Revels in Android Ascendancy


I agree. Elop, and others, point out that the smartphone wars are just beginning here in the US...and they'd rather have perfect products than rushed ones. It's true to an extent, but you can't argue with figures like that.

Michelle Donegan
Michelle Donegan
12/5/2012 | 5:00:48 PM
re: Rubin Revels in Android Ascendancy


500,000 devices activated each day and how many of those support Rel. 8 fast dormancy?

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