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Google Releases Android 2.2 & Reveals Phone Sales Figures

Gordon Kelly


With the you know what launching today, Google has a couple of stark reminders for Apple that it won't be having everything its own way...

Speaking yesterday at the Motorola Droid X launch, Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced it is now activating 160,000 Android handsets per day. This is up an incredible 60 per cent on May when Google reported a figure of 100,000 per day.

"We have seen a tremendous increase in adoption," said Schmidt in an interview with the Guardian. "We've also seen a growth in the number of apps available for Android – there are now approximately 65,000 compared to only 50,000 a month ago."

This number is only likely to increase with the news Google has also finally put Android 2.2 (aka 'Froyo') into the wild. Numerous builds of this important and radical firmware have leaked out and been rooted onto Android handsets in recent weeks, but this is the first official and final version.

Google Nexus One handsets will update automatically over the next few days with manufacturers now able to get to work on adapting their skins to work with the new firmware. Consequently the big question is: whether you are an Android fan or not on this most iPhone of days, will you still be one by this time next year...?


The Guardian


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