Schmidt: 60K Android Devices Shipped Daily

Schmidt: 60K Android Devices Shipped Daily

Google CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where all the big mucky-mucks of cellular (sans Apple) are, has given his keynote. One of the key tidbits of information he gave out: Google and OEMs are shipping 60,000 Android devices a day.

It's unclear if "shipping" equates to "selling," but if you extrapolate that number over 365 days, it means there would be 21.9 million Android phones shipped in a year. If in fact these numbers are valid, it means Google should see its market share rise dramatically this year. In December Android had managed only 5.2 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, according to comScore, while Apple had 25 percent.

                            

HTC Nexus One and Motorola's DROID

Those prior statistics certainly did not make Apple quake in its boots.  However, many analysts have predicted that Android will one day surpass the iPhone, as the sheer number and variety of different devices attract consumers.  The key, however, will be apps.

Android has managed to connect with developers so that while its App Market continues to be dwarfed by the iPhone's App Store, it has enough applications that consumers, looking for an app for their needs, can in general, find one. In the new age of app phones vs. smartphones, it's something that's necessary for a platform to succeed.

For comparative purposes, Apple sold 8.7 million iPhones in the last three months of 2009. That would translate to 34.8 million over a 12 month period.


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I see the points in this, one which seems to directly impact this is the volumes listed are world wide I assume. So as the may seem large China alone has a over a billion native residents, and there cellular usage envelope is also HUGE.

I also as I have stated before have a general family (including my house, my mothers, and my brothers all with 2 or more cell phones), have a family which is going cellular only. I think this trend will become a general usage pattern in the near future. VOIP is also effecting this as having a VOIP line is generally much cheaper than a land line for homes and businesses.

I also know that most land line carriers are hurting, and therefore offering DEEP discounts because of this. I would hate to be in land line communications I think in the next 10 years. Even the land line carriers also transmit from there line to a VOIP after it leaves a home or business to VOIP and then back to a lanndline because it is very efficient and saves them a lot of money over using there own land based lines and switching/extrapolation equipment.

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Either way on Google and therefore android alone Apple's impact on the market is obviously large. In the end I like the Android open source platform better though. I think at least in the US Apple having an Iphone on the largest carriers network hurt's Apple more than they realize. This is especially true for Verizon's and it's partner networks move over to LTE/4G platform, whereas the current singular iPhone carrier is sticking with or is stuck at 3G, and or seems to be staying there for until at least 2012. It would seem to me in the US market for them to put the Iphone on the Verizon network as well would be very beneficial for both Apple as well as for the iPhone platform. There are of course rumors of this happening, but those rumors have existed since Iphone day 1 to.

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