Android reaches 200 million activations

Figure has doubled in six months according to Google

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Android reaches 200 million activations Google Android has been activated 200 million times, up from 100 million six months ago.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 21, 2011

Google has revealed that over 200 million Android smartphones and other devices have been activated around the world, up from 100 million six months ago, according to InformationWeek.

Android was only developed three years ago and this figure represents remarkable growth for the OS.

RIM's BlackBerry OS and Nokia's Symbian operating system have both felt the pinch since the introduction of Android, with both companies losing market share.

Google first started sharing daily activation numbers in January 2010, at that stage it was activating 60,000 Android handsets per day, now the company says that it is activating 550,000 daily.

According to Gartner, worldwide smartphone sales rose 42% to 115 million units in Q3 2011, with 60 million of those running Android.

"Android benefited from more mass-market offerings, a weaker competitive environment, and the lack of exciting new products on alternative operating systems such as Windows Phone 7 and RIM," said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner, in the report.

Android's activation rate is currently way ahead of competitors, with iOS, for example, seeing about 210,000 daily activations.

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