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Google 'activating 160,000 Android phones a day'.

Google is now activating 160,000 mobile phones using its Android software a day, equivalent to 4.8m a month, according to the company's chief executive, Eric Schmidt.

The number is also accelerating, having been put at 100,000 a day in the third week of May during Google's annual I/O conference, Schmidt said – indicating sales growth of 60% per month.

"We have seen a tremendous increase in adoption," Schmidt said in an interview exclusive to the Guardian in the UK. "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." He believes that that means Android could have reached the volume necessary to become an essential mobile operating system – and perhaps the equivalent of Windows on PCs.

At those numbers, roughly 15m Android smartphones would be sold every quarter, compared with a worldwide total of 54m sold in the first quarter of 2010, according to the research company Gartner.

Asked whether he saw Apple or Nokia – which has the largest market share of smartphones – as Android's biggest competitor, Schmidt said: "I try to spend my time not focusing on those questions."

Src & Text: [Guardian]

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