Chalk another major milestone up for Google’s Android mobile OS. Google’s Andy Rubin tweeted last night that over 300,000 Android phones are activated daily — that’s up from 200,000 daily activations in August.
The news puts Android’s daily activations over both the iPhone and BlackBerry, and it even surpasses Nokia’s 260,000 daily Symbian activations (though research firm Canalys says those numbers may be closer to 325,000), Fortune reports. Android’s daily activations also point to Google nearing 10 million Android activations a month. In comparison, Apple recently reported that it shipped 14.1 million iPhones in its last quarter.
What’s most interesting to me is that Android’s growth is completely organic. Since August, there hasn’t been a major Android phone release that would have sparked an influx of new customers. That tells us that consumers are gravitating towards the platform instead of any one flagship phone. Of course, the fact that more low-cost Android phones (like LG’s Optimus) are hitting the market is also good news for sales. Low-cost Android phones, together with well-marketed high-end phones like Verizon’s Droid series, will surely continue to push Android’s activations higher into the next year.
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