Google announced it has activated 200 million Android devices to date, as the company gets closer to matching its biggest competitor, Apple.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based company’s new number doubles the 100 million devices it claimed to have activated in May. From May through June, the company has activated roughly 500,000 devices a day.
When Apple announced the iPhone 4S in October, the company revealed it had activated a total of 250 million iOS devices. The iPhone maker’s 50 million device buffer may seem like a lot, but it is actually quite small when considering the rate of Android’s growth.
Google’s mobile platform launched more than a year after the first iPhone and has grown at a rapid speed ever since. Apple’s launch of the 4S may boost sales enough to keep the company ahead of Android for the near future, but Google’s OS also has several new developments that may help it continue to close the gap.
Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, which launched today in the UK, marks the debut of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, an OS that sets to roll out across even more devices next year. In the meantime, devices like the Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC Rezound are available this holiday season to power sales of high-end Android devices.
Ultimately, it appears inevitable that Android will eventually pass iOS to take the title for most activated devices. However, it may not be as a result of poor sales of Apple devices, but rather because there are so many manufacturers actively producing Android devices.
Samsung and HTC have both surpassed Apple as the largest vendors of smartphones, and they have both done so by becoming two of the biggest makers of Android phones in the world.
Apple is still holding on to the title of most devices sold that run its platform, but Google is closing fast, and will likely surpass the company before long.
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