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160,000 Android mobiles going live daily

160,000 Android mobiles going live daily

Every day Google is activating 160,000 new smartphones running its Android platform, according to chief executive of the search giant Eric Schmidt.

This is the equivalent of about 4.8 million monthly sales of Android smartphones, culminating in a quarterly growth rate of 15 million new mobiles based on Google's software each quarter.

The adoption of Android is gathering speed and Mr Schmidt's latest claims show that it has seen significant growth since the start of May, when it claimed that the daily increase was 100,000.

He told the Guardian: "We've also seen a growth in the number of apps available for Android – there are now approximately 65,000, compared to only 50,000 a month ago."

Mr Schmidt was keen to emphasise Google's ambitions for Android, expressing the conviction that it could eventually dominate the smartphone world in the way that Microsoft's Windows operating system is the standard platform for desktop computing.

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