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Google Android Now on 135 Million Devices

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Google's Larry Page had a quite successful first quarter.

Among the highlights was certainly Android, which is now said to be present on more than 135 million active devices. According to Google, 550,000 Androids are now activated every day and there have been more than 6 billion App downloads.

Google is categorizing Android as a "high consumer success" product, next to Chrome and YouTube. Page noted that Google is heavily investing in those segments to ensure their "long-term success." Android appears to be especially growing like a weed as the activation count was at just 500,000 per day a month ago and the total device count was at just 100 million two months ago. Google noted that more than 250,000 apps are now available for Android.

Page also briefly commented on the patent situation of Android and told investors that Google is building its defense against lawsuits. "Obviously we have a number of intellectual property patents in progress not just already issued." However, he deflected the question by an analyst, by simply adding more numbers explaining the success of Android: 400 different devices, 39 OEMs, 231 carriers in 123 countries: "And that velocity is only increasing. Despite the efforts of some of our competitors, there hasn't been any slowdown in any of those things," Page said.

Of course, that may make Android an even more attractive patent suit target. According to Spencer Wang, an analyst with Credit Suisse, Google holds only about 650 patents in total, which less than the number of patents IBM gets approved every 2 months.

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    hoofhearted , July 16, 2011 12:28 PM
    Go Google! Wonder what Apples stats are?
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    dheadley , July 16, 2011 1:24 PM
    Somewhere north of 225 million iOS devices and 16 billion apps. At their current rate of increase Android OS will probably catch up to iOS units by the end of the year or early next year depending on how Apples much sales continue to grow during the same time period.

    It's important to note that Googles numbers are all Android devices, from smartphone and feature phones, tablets, e-readers, printers, music players, automobile information centers, etc. Every last thing Android gets put on. All those things are at 135 million units combined.

    Apple has the smartphone, touch music player, tablet and apple tv in their 225+ million units

    Google might sell 35-40 million units this quarter compared to Apples 25 million units but they really only gain on Apple by 15-20 million units per quarter currently so it takes awhile for them to come even and then pull ahead.
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    eddieroolz , July 16, 2011 2:03 PM
    Just to throw a snide comment out there (and probably get downrated massively) but notice how all the Google successes listed are now purely Google products; they were either bought out or have significant contributions from an external company.
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    digiex , July 16, 2011 3:52 PM
    unfortunately, android is threatened by lawsuits.
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    Zingam , July 17, 2011 1:54 PM
    Nokia plans to sell yet another 150 million Symbian devices in 2 years! Funny!
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    Zingam , July 17, 2011 1:57 PM
    EddieroolzJust to throw a snide comment out there (and probably get downrated massively) but notice how all the Google successes listed are now purely Google products; they were either bought out or have significant contributions from an external company.



    Google is a young company and its primary business is advertising. Google is not IBM with 100 years of patents. So I don't see what's wrong with that? Apple and Microsoft and all other Biggies also buy small companies when they see a potential.

    For now I see Google as much less evil and useful company than Mircrosoft or Apple.
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    kartu , July 17, 2011 6:54 PM
    hoofheartedGo Google! Wonder what Apples stats are?

    About a third, maybe half of that.
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    JeanLuc , July 17, 2011 10:46 PM
    It's good to see Google along with its partners are fighting the good fight against Apple and their iphones and winning. I read a report on Dailytech that Android is out selling iOS by a ratio of 2 to 1 (strange this wasn't reported by Toms) and Apple have stuck a writ on HTC to prevent them from shipping phones to the US (Googles biggest partner). No doubt HTC will hit back with writ of their own at some point down the line but the future looks nasty as companies strive for market share.
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    Anonymous , July 18, 2011 1:16 AM
    Eddieroolz: I'm guessing you don't like Google, and haven't looked to see how much that same statement applies to Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, AMD, all 70+ makers of ARM CPUs, and pretty much every other successful software or hardware company.

    In fact, Google is probably one of the most innovative companies without their acquisitions, they've engineered all kinds of quality products without buying them from others. Heck, Microsoft bought MS-DOS from another company in pretty much the same shape it was released, Android wasn't much to look at pre-Google.
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