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100 million Android devices sold, 400,000 activated each day

100 million Android devices sold, 400,000 activated each day

The Android army is now 100-million strong, with the news that Google's OS juggernaut is now growing at a rate of 400,000 activations a day.

The landmark figures were revealed yesterday at Google’s annual I/O developer keynote, putting the search giant firmly on the trail of its chief rival Apple, which also announced in March that it had sold 100 million iPhones worldwide.

Of course, if we add up the numbers for other iOS powered devices, such as iPods and iPads sold, it would be significantly greater than Google’s 100-million milestone for all Android operated devices. But at this rate, it is not out of the realm of possibility that before the end of this fiscal year Android could very well surpass its Californian rival in total global market share.

The search giant also highlighted at its conference that the Android Market is now home to more than 200,000 apps. In addition, it unveiled several new services to help propel this growth even further, including a new cloud-based music storage and streaming service, a movie rentals store and wider integration of its OS to non-communication devices as part of its Android@Home initiative.

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