Search engine giant Google has announced that the company has activated 200 million Android devices worldwide. The announcement was made during the launch of Google's Google Music service, which lets users store music online and stream it to their devices.
According to c|net, the figure given by Google is almost double the number revealed by Google during the I/O conference in May.
Meanwhile, other sources reveal that Google is activating 550,000 devices every day, up from 500,000 in June and 400,000 in May. A recent Gartner study had revealed that more than half of the smartphones shipped worldwide had been powered by Google's Android smartphone in the third quarter of 2011.
The recent disclosure by Google about the 200 million devices also indicates that Google is on the verge of catching up with Apple in terms of devices activated. At the launch of the iPhone 4S, Apple CEO Tim Cook had revealed that the company had activated 250 million iOS devices around the world, which include iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone.
Google now dominates the US and global smartphone market and its market share is only expected to rise. However, the company and its partners have been assailed by lawsuits from all quarters, prompting Google to go on a serious IP acquisition spree.