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Google has just announced that there are now 130 million Android devices around the world. This announcement was made during their quarterly earnings reports. The search giant also announced that an impressive 550,000 Android devices are activated every day.
This is definitely an accomplishment, since two months ago, it was announced that 400,000 Android devices were activated on a daily basis. With these accomplishments, you can see how Android’s popularity around the world is ever-growing.
Although iOS devices are still on top at 200 million Apple devices around the world as of June, you can see how quickly Android is catching up. Don’t be surprised if the Android OS lands on top as the new OS leader.
There are various reasons why users find the Android OS so appealing. Aside from the dual-core processors and 8 MP cameras, there is also more freedom for customization on the said OS.
Many analysts have predicted that Android will soon surpass Apple’s iOS before the year ends. Expect the 550,000 Android activations to keep on growing. Before you know it, a fleet of little green robots will take the mobile world by storm. Sooner or later, most users will be proud owners of Android devices.
Android has nearly doubled the amount of devices it activates all over the world on a daily basis. There are now half a million devices being activated per day.
No one ever thought that Google would be a worthy adversary of Apple’s iOS handsets such as the iPhone 4. Just six months ago, there were a total of 300,000 Android devices being activated each and every day. Now, there are a whopping 500,000 Android devices being activated every single day.
This news comes straight from Google’s bigwig, Andy Rubin (Google’s SVP). Through a tweet on Twitter, the Google Senior Vice President wrote, “There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day.”
Although the SVP did not mention how many of devices were smartphones and how of these were tablets, it is most likely that Rubin was referring more to mobile phones, since Android tablets have failed to go head to head with the current leader from Apple the iPad 2.
This isn’t the same when it comes to smartphones powered by smartphone-optimized operating systems by Android. It seems that there is no stopping Android from pushing forward. Android is now the top smartphone OS surpassing Apple’s iOS.
According to ComScore, Google’s Android has now grabbed 36.4% of the market in the US. Since January, Android has managed to increase its holdings by 5.2%. During the same time, iPhones only managed an increase of 1.3%.
Rubin adds that Google’s sales figures constantly increase by 4.4% each and every week. This means that there could be a total of 1 million Android devices being activated everyday by the end of this year’s 4th quarter.
Sure, Apple still holds top position when it comes to tablets. However, they hold this position indefinitely. With Ice Cream Sandwich uniting both smartphone and tablet, we’re expecting an influx of apps from app developers. This would mean more popularity for Android tablets.
Unfortunately, android users do not enjoy the luxury of updates like iOS devices such as the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Since Android devices have a wide range of manufacturers, updates do not roll out in unison. Aside from updates rolling out at different times from manufacturers, network operators would also have to test the updates before they get to be officially rolled out. Although this is not a problem with vanilla versions of Android just like that on the Google Nexus S, every other Android device experiences this problem. This is why there are a number of Android users who choose to root their phones or tablets. Unfortunately, this comes at a price.
The result of rooting your Android device such as the Motorola Xoom and HTC Sensation is having Google block you from their movie rental service. Other premium services like Blockbuster have done the same. On rooted Motorola Xooms, users have reported seeing “Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)”. This happens when users attempt to download movies. On Blockbuster, “TamperDetected: Device detected as rooted” will appear, which will prevent video playback. For now, these are the only two services that prevent rooted devices from streaming. However, there is no way of telling if other apps will follow suit?
It is apparent that Google is taking the necessary steps in protecting movie and video rights. In the past, the Android OS was plagued by video content security issues. This is one of the reasons there was a ten-month delay between the release of the Netflix app on the iOS and Android. Since Android OS Honeycomb 3.1 has now added an all new Movies Tab that allows users to rent HD movies, it is understandable why Google is preventing rooted devices from accessing the service. However, they have to somehow unify the roll out of updates, if they want to put a stop to device rooting.