The race for smartphone supremacy picked up a pace as Google’s VP of engineering, Andy Rubin, revealed that the Android operating system has reached 300,000 activations a day.
That’s 12,500 handsets activated per hour, 208 every minute and 3.47 every second, just to put it into context. Rubin, who is often referred to as the ‘father of the Android platform’, shared the landmark statistic via his second-ever Twitter post.
The latest figure is a three-fold increase since May when Android clocked in 100,000 activations per day, giving some serious weight to analysts’ forecast that Android would become the dominating platform in the world by 2015.
Apple’s spin doctors, chiefly Steve Jobs, will doubtless try to put a different twist to the news, but for those not wearing silver tinted specs, there can be little doubt that at this rate Google’s OS will eventually surpass even the mighty iPhone.
The rapid growth of platform has been driven by a gamut of hot-selling handsets like the HTC Desire, HTC Evo 4G stateside and Samsung Galaxy S. With momentum on its side and handsets like the recently unveiled Nexus S and a rumoured PlayStation phone dropping next year, it’s unlikely consumer demand will slow down anytime soon.