Android's international growth visualised

Written by Harry Butler

February 24, 2011 // 11:23 a.m.

Tags: #android #android-growth #google #whoa-thats-a-lot-of-phon #world-domination

Take-up of Google's Android smartphone operating system is growing at a tremendous rate worldwide, and we can now see just how quickly this is happening, thanks to a nifty visualisation of Android activations around the world.

Created by Google's Android Developers group, the video comes hot on the heels of Google's
recent claim that over 300,000 new Android devices are activated every day, making it the fastest growing mobile operating system on the market.

The video charts Android activations worldwide, and then locally in the USA, EU and Asian markets between October 2008 and January 2011, mapping the development and adoption of Android. It's a fascinating watch, albeit with only major USA handset launches highlighted, although it's possible to spot the UK releases of handsets such as the HTC Hero and Desire via spikes in activations.

Despite the success of the Android platform, though, there are increasing rumblings from Android customers who are frustrated at being cut out of the update loop, due to older discontinued handsets no longer receiving OS updates.

With a host of new Android 2.3 smartphones announced at Mobile World Congress last week, and Android 3.0 set to arrive on the tablet market soon, it looks as though there's little to stop Android's steamroller-like growth. At least, not until the release of the iPad 2.


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