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Android phone & tablet activations hit 200 million

Android phone & tablet activations hit 200 million

The exponential rise and rise of Android continues unabated, new figures reveal, as the platform looks ever-more ensconced at the top of the smartphone tree.

At the launch of the Google Music service last week, the search giant revealed that over 200 million Android devices have now been activated worldwide. That’s more than double the number of activations the search giant claimed back in May at its I/O software gathering.

Android army

Perhaps more significantly from a sign-of-the-tech-times perspective, however, is that it means that Android is now 50 million sales behind the iPhone, which according to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has racked up 250 million sales in all its iterations.

Going by Google’s disclosure earlier this year that it is currently activating some 550,000 Android kits daily, we’d venture the two platforms could well be neck and neck by the end of the year.

The inexorable climb of Android has been driven both by the massive demand for the likes of the high-end 10 million-plus-selling Samsung Galaxy S2, as well as budget blowers akin to Orange's San Francisco that have brought smartphones within the reach of consumers who were previously priced out.

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