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Google: there are half a billion Android devices worldwide

Just hours before the new iPhone launch today, Android’s director of product management Hugo Barra took to his Google+ page to announce that there are now 500-million devices running Google’s OS. Nice one.

According to Barra, 1.3-million new Android devices are activated every day. The announcement comes just a week after Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt mentioned at the latest Motorola device launch that there were 480-million Android devices world wide. That’s an extra 20-million new devices (or 2.85-million a day) in just under seven days… and it’s unclear if that was an above-average week or if Schmidt’s stat was a delayed report.

It’s no secret that Android is dominating the smartphone market globally though — from increasing popularity in Europe to emerging markets like Brazil and Indonesia. Samsung’s flagship Android device has already reported some staggering sales figures in the past few months: the Korean company said it had sold 10-million Galaxy S IIIs less than two months after the launch. Just over a month later (100 days after the phone was launched), it hit the 20-million mark.

Despite its popularity, a large percentage of Android devices are still running versions of the operating system that are years out of date. According to Google’s official stats, 53% of devices are still operating on Gingerbread, 20% on Ice Cream Sandwich and just 1.2% of devices are running the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean).

Author | Lauren Granger

Lauren Granger
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in... More
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