Google Android Activations Top 900,000 Daily
Android director Andy Rubin tweets a denial about a rumored departure from Google and boasts about Android's success.Googles Android leader Andy Rubin took to Twitter to brag about the success of the open-source operating system, boasting that there are more than 900,000 activations of Android per day. In what could be seen as an effort to steal some of Apples thunder ahead of their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week, Rubin also used the message to deny rumors that he was leaving the company. No plans to leave Google, he Tweeted. Oh, and just for meme completenessthere are over 900,000 android devices activated each day :-). Robert Scoble, a tech blogger who recently posted photos of Googles Sergey Brin wearing the companys Project Glass spectacles, first floated the rumor concerning Rubins departure. Rubin, as it turns out, is apparently not leaving Google to head a startup company called CloudCar. Scoble later updated his posting to reflect Rubins denial.
Along with Apple, its main competitor in the mobile device space, Android and iOS account for 82 percent of the overall smartphone market, according to IDC. Androids total market share for the quarter was 59 percent, compared with 36.1 percent a year ago, while iOS claimed a 23 percent share, up from 18.3 percent, as Apple boosted shipments from 18.6 million units to 35.1 million. Of the 90 million Android smartphones that shipped, 45.4 percent were from Samsung, the worlds largest mobile phone manufacturer.