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Android Handset Activation Jump 60% In May

Andy Rubin, the VP in charge of the mobile segment at Google, announced that 160,000 Android smartphones are being activated everyday and that's an increase of 60 per cent compared to May when that figure was pegged at 100,000.

Back in February, that number was only 60,000 and half that a year earlier. This now means that, at this current rate, Google and its partners will be able to sell around five million phones a month or 60 million per year. In other words, by the end of 2010, there could well be more Android phones around than iPhones.

The announcement came as Google celebrated having more than 60 Android devices across the world manufactured by a network of 21 OEMs and delivered to 59 carriers in 49 countries. This, Google said, exceeded their most optimistic expectations.

Launched less than two years ago, Google's Android platform has managed a few technological firsts over the last few months after a laborious start with its initial partner, HTC. Before Apple, Android handsets introduced an 8-megapixel camera, noise cancellation, a 1GHz processor and some nifty features like multitasking.

As a sidenote, Rubin has also announced that Google was open sourcing Android OS 2.2 otherwise known as Froyo or Frozen Yoghurt, which means that a number of manufacturers are likely to introduce new models or update existing ones to Android OS 2.2, at an accelerating rate, over the next few months.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.