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.


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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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