Android device activations top 100M, app installs pass 4.5B

SAN FRANCISCO--Less than three years after launching its Android mobile operating system, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has now activated more than 100 million Android devices worldwide, and adds 400,000 new activations every day, up from 100,000 daily activations a year ago. Speaking here at Google's annual I/O developer conference, director of Android product management Hugo Barra stated there are presently 310 Android devices in all--36 OEMs are manufacturing Android products, available across 215 operator networks spanning 112 countries.

Barra also stated that Google's Android Market storefront exceeds 200,000 applications--consumers have now installed more than 4.5 billion Android apps, averaging 1 billion app downloads every 60 days. "What really matters is that the quality of these applications is phenomenal," Barra said. "The most engaging, useful and entertaining applications are running on Android."

Android continues to extend its lead in the race for U.S. smartphone dominance, growing 6.0 percentage points between December 2010 and March 2011 to command 34.7 percent of the overall nationwide market according to data recently issued by digital research firm comScore. Android's continued growth corresponds with the continued decline of Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry, which fell 4.5 percentage points during the period to 27.1 percent market share, and its 1.6 percentage points lead over Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, which grew 0.5 percentage points to 25.5 percent market share.

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